Category Archives: Postgraduate study

Ngāi Tahu Postgraduate and Doctoral Scholarships

Applications are open now for Ngāi Tahu Research Centre scholarships.

Scholarships are available for postgraduate and doctoral students.

Scholarship recipients may be studying any discipline at the University of Canterbury, but applicants whose projects promote mātauranga Māori within the sciences, commerce, law or engineering and are linked to the mission and current research foci of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre will be given preference.

Find more information and to apply click here.

Applications for 2021 close on 31 October 2020.

Upcoming Prestigious Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship Opportunities

The following three prestigious postgraduate travelling scholarships are open now and close on 1 November 2020.

They provide exciting opportunities for graduates in Arts, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or a medical/health-related field to undertake further postgraduate study at either a UK institution in the case of the Sims Empire Scholarship, or an overseas institution in the case of the Tytheridge Travelling Scholarship in Arts and the Lord Rutherford Memorial Research Fellowship.

These opportunities will take place in 2021, subject to the opening of borders at the time. 

Eligible applicants can read the regulations and login and apply at the following links now:

Lord Rutherford Memorial Research Fellowship

Sims Empire Scholarship

Tytheridge Travelling Scholarship in Arts

For more information please contact:

scholarships@canterbury.ac.nz

Postgrad Student Blog: The not-so-obvious choices

Postgraduate study is a lot more than the degree itself: it’s also a chance to understand the universe, and yourself, in your own unique way, says UC postgrad student Dr Sriparna Saha.

It is often said that pursuing a PhD is a matter of choice, and I couldn’t agree more. It has almost been a year since I started my second doctoral degree at the University of Canterbury. Whenever I have been asked how far along I am in my PhD journey and responded with 1st year of my second PhD, I have seen the look of incredulity on peoples’ faces ending with the same question each time, “Why.”

Why indeed?

It indeed is hard to justify choices to people when things are viewed from a lens of social norm, of things that one is expected to do, or career paths one is expected to follow. Even in academia, conformity lies in pursuing a postdoc as an independent researcher immediately after finishing up a postgrad, and keep at it till one lands a tenure track research position.

What, however, is not obvious is that there may be people who want to experiment and pursue careers that lie outside the spectrum of the obvious.

Academia is replete with stories of how the persistence to pursue a non-obvious career choice is seen as a sign of abandonment. But where amidst all this conformity is the space for the self, to bring in our other non-science passions and interests into the research we care so much about?

This is what I tell people.

While I loved cooking rocks in a highly prestigious experimental lab to understand how continents formed about 4 billion years ago, I felt restricted when I couldn’t bring my art, my interests in writing, storytelling and teaching to the lab.

It took me a while to realize that the postgraduate degree is a lot more than the degree itself. Of course you eventually become an expert in your field, but most importantly, it is an opportunity to understand the universe in your own way.

As with most other things in making life choices, the value of the postgrad degree is relative to what you want to do, and what it is that other people use to judge your version of success. It truly is about learning skills that inspire you each day to enquire and understand the world around you in different ways.

When I look back, I feel fortunate to have worked with people who have given me the space to make these not-so-obvious choices, and supported them no matter what.

At the end of the day, it is not about making it easy, but finding the niche, that space where every challenge can make you realize the value of pursuing your dreams.

This article was first published on 7 September 2020, on the UC Science Blog.

Dr Sriparna Saha is a 2nd year postgraduate student in GeoEducation at the University of Canterbury, where she is using Digital Storytelling for Volcano Risk Literacy. She has a PhD (2019) in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences from Rice University (USA), where she used experiments to understand the origin of continents. She feels strongly for communicating science and art and is continuously looking for innovative ways to blend the two.

Come along to the Change Direction Postgraduate Expo (10-17 September) for a range of information sessions where you can find out more about postgraduate study options and pathways at UC. Check out the timetable and register free here.