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Attention Research PGs! Complete the UC Postgrad Questionnaire today!

Are you a Masters thesis or PhD student? This news is for you! The UC Postgrad Experience Questionnaire is now running. Heaps of great prizes are up for grabs, including a grand prize of a $1,000 NZ travel voucher!

What is the UCPEQ?

The UC Postgrad Experience Questionnaire, also known as the UCPEQ, is a confidential survey that’s designed and specifically distributed for our postgraduate research students. This once biannual survey is now being run annually and will ask you about Postgrad life. The UCPEQ topics include quality of the learning environment, supervision and resources, skills development, and more. Additionally, perceptions of the social environment and services on campus are captured.

What happens with the data?

Data is used university-wide to improve your experience as a postgrad research student. Recent data has led to improved resources for postgraduates, including computer resources, the establishment of a Doctoral orientation programme and skills training sessions and, most recently, developing a proposal for a Graduate School at UC.

How long is the survey open for?

The survey is open until 26 October. 

Find your personal link in your postgrad email inbox, or contact the Surveys Team at surveys@cantebury.ac.nz.

Upcoming Postgraduate Scholarship Opportunities

We have a number of Postgraduate Scholarships closing between 31 October and 2 December.

Search our website, read the regulations for information on eligibility and apply online now. 

Some of our key Postgraduate Scholarships:

Stan and Jessie Holland Memorial Scholarship in Ecology and Environmental Science

 $21,000 for Māori and Pasifika Master’s students in Ecology or Environmental Science.

Francis Small Scholarship

$20,000 for full-time study in a Master of Engineering with a specialisation in Chemical and Process Engineering, Civil Engineering (including Natural Resources Engineering), Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.

Tait Communications Research Scholarship

$15,000 for Master’s research related to Critical Information and Communications Technology (CICT).

C. Wright Mills Scholarship in Sociology and Anthropology

$3,750 for the thesis period of an MA in Anthropology or Sociology, or PhD in Anthropology or Sociology.

Hope Foundation Scholarship for Research on Ageing: University of Canterbury

$6,000 for study in a Master’s or Doctoral programme with research on a topic related to ageing.

Bickerton-Widdowson Trust Memorial Scholarship

Up to $2,000 for Honours, Postgraduate, Master’s or Doctoral study in the School of Fine Arts.

Ethel Rose Overton Scholarship

Between $3,000 and $30,000 for BA(Hons), BFA(Hons), MA(Part I and Part II), MFA and PhD study in Art History, Art Theory or Fine Arts.

Owen Browning Scholarships in Forestry

$4,500 for Master’s and Doctoral study related to Forestry.

T W Adams Scholarship in Forestry

Between $9,000 and $15,000 for Master’s and Doctoral study in Te Kura Ngahere | School of Forestry.

For more information please contact scholarships@canterbury.ac.nz

Interested in a Master of Science Position in River Flood Modelling?


We have an opening for a motivated student to undertake Masters research to improve flood resilience of Aotearoa New Zealand communities, by developing methods to improve hydrological model river discharge representation during flood events.

One position is available and will be financially supported by NIWA for one year. You’ll be co-hosted by the Geospatial Research Institute at UC, in conjunction with NIWA. A scholarship of NZ$15,000 is available to successful applicants, with $7,500 starting from December 2021-June 2022, and subject to satisfactory performance, another $7,500 from July 2022-December 2022.

The Masters will address aspects of hydrological model river discharge representation from model parameter uncertainty with a focus on flood events. You’ll quantify NIWA’s hydrological model parameter sensitivity at the Waikanae catchment during flood events and investigate key model parameter uncertainty based on the Generalised Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation (GLUE) framework. This work will contribute towards improving ensemble flood forecasting in ungauged catchment[1], and hydrodynamics modelling that will also benefit the NIWA-led MBIE National Flood Risk Assessment Endeavour programme[2].

Programming literacy (e.g. Matlab, Python or similar), knowledge of hydrological modelling and statistics are highly desirable. Numeracy and excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. Familiarity with the Unix environment would be ideal, you’ll have the opportunity to run simulations on NIWA’s High Performance Computing System (HPC)[3] which is part of the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI).

Please direct all enquiries to the project co-supervisors:
Dr. Celine Cattoen-Gilbert (NIWA Taihoro Nukurangi Celine.Cattoen-Gilbert@niwa.co.nz)
and Prof. Matt Wilson (University of Canterbury, matthew.wilson@canterbury.ac.nz)

Applications should be sent by email care of
The GRI Manager, Dr. Melanie Tomintz
gri-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz by 4 October 2021.

Please submit the following documents as part of your application:

  1. A full CV;
  2. A cover letter outlining your motivation and suitability for the research project; and
  3. Contact details of at least two referees.

[1] https://niwa.co.nz/climate/research-projects/river-flow-forecasting

[2] https://niwa.co.nz/natural-hazards/research-projects/m%C4%81-te-haumaru-%C5%8D-te-wai-increasing-flood-resilience-across-aotearoa-0

[3] https://niwa.co.nz/our-services/high-performance-computing-facility/nesi-the-new-zealand-escience-infrastructure