2021 Antarctica New Zealand Research Scholarship Programme

Deadline: March 21, 2021.

Antarctica New Zealand works with a number of generous sponsors to award scholarships to postgraduate research students. These scholarships provide a means for new talent to enter New Zealand’s Antarctic research community. The scholarships are awarded annually, and include a stipend and logistics support to conduct or participate in research in Antarctica. The awards are competitive and attract students of a very high calibre.


A. Antarctica New Zealand Sir Robin Irvine Doctoral Scholarship

This years scholarship recognises the importance of a talented, vibrant, and sustainable research community within New Zealand that is focused on the big questions facing Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and the relevance of this region for the rest of the planet.

  • For doctoral research
  • Stipend of $20,000 per annum over two years (total of $40,000); and
  • Logistics support in Antarctica*

B. New Zealand Post Antarctic Scholarship

New Zealand’s presence in Antarctica is important to our nation and New Zealand Post has a long association with the continent – ever since Sir Edmund Hillary was postmaster at Scott Base in 1957. Supporting up-and-coming New Zealand scientists through this scholarship is a key way that New Zealand Post continues its close association with the white continent.

  • For master’s or doctoral research
  • Stipend of $10,000 over one year; and
  • Logistics support for one season in Antarctica*


Applicants must be accepted into a master’s or doctoral degree programme at a New Zealand institution at
the time of application. Applications are welcomed from New Zealand and international students; however,
preference will be given to applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand in the event
that two applications are ranked equally by peer review.


All candidates intending to apply must register their intention to do so by contacting Dr Esme Robinson (Science Programme Advisor), on 03 358 1283 or [email protected] by 5 March 2021. Failure
to do so may render the application ineligible.
Applications need to include:

  1. A completed application form (download from https://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/science/scholarships)
  2. A research proposal (maximum of three pages excluding reference list) which should include:
    a. An abstract of the proposed research
    b. A description of the research goals
    c. An outline of the methodology
    d. An explanation of how the proposed research relates to the Science Strategy: New Zealand Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Directions and Priorities 2010 – 2020. A copy of this document can be downloaded here: https://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/science.
  3. A letter of ‘agreement-in-principle’ from the proposed host event that the candidate intends to embed within (discuss this requirement with Esme Robinson).
  4. A 2-page CV.
  5. Undergraduate transcript and master’s transcript (if applicable).
  6. Evidence of New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency if applicable (copy of passport or birth certificate)
    Please collate the material above as one PDF file and send to Dr Esme Robinson ([email protected]).

OFFICIAL LINK: https://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/science/scholarships?fbclid=IwAR3m6NZp072Ftwd3Cd-XRapZg-yBels5MY300pYsF8QaLMyQYCRFUkO6FXI

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