Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury postgraduate and doctoral scholarships
Three NTRC scholarships are offered annually to Doctoral students which are worth $21,000, plus fees, for three years.
The NTRC also offers five scholarships annually for Postgraduate Diploma, Honours and Master’s students. These scholarships are valued at $12,000 plus fees, for one year.
Scholarship recipients may be studying any discipline at the University of Canterbury, but preference will be given to 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.
Subject matters of particular interest to the centre are:
Indigenous and tribal economies
19th Century textual translations of rare South Island manuscripts
Applications open annually 31 August and close at 4pm on 31 October.
Winter GradFest is happening from 10 June to 14 June, with a variety of sessions to help you on your thesis journey. From statistics to literature reviews to research tools, this week will provide useful guidance and tips on the research process. Plus, there are social events where you can share your ups and downs with your fellow postgrads!
Whether you’re at the beginning, middle, or end of your postgraduate studies, you will find something helpful. If you’re just getting started, you may need to apply for ethics approval, which can be an intimidating process. Having someone explain the application and some of the common mistakes people make will save you time later on. You will also get a sense of the timeframe so you can better plan your schedule.
For those in the thick of the data collection or writing phases, you may be feeling really stressed and want to know how others in the academic world manage their stress. The panel of experts who will be speaking know what it’s like and will share some strategies that work for them. We all handle stress differently, but it’s comforting to know we are not alone and there are things that can help. There’s also a mindfulness session on the last day. If you haven’t tried this technique, now’s your chance to give it a go.
If you’re nearing the end of your postgraduate study, keep going! You’re almost there. You can listen to your fellow postgrads discuss their practical tips for getting to the end during the ‘Are we there yet?’ session. There’s also a session on the oral exam so you’ll feel more prepared for what this means for you.
My name is Katie Mills and I’m your University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) Postgrad representative for 2019.
As your Postgrad rep, I am one of the many avenues you can utilise to share queries/concerns/comments on your student experience at UC. I’m here not only to represent postgraduate students on the UCSA but I also act as a link between students and the University of Canterbury.
Besides chatting to me, there are many other forums to seek advice and support. These include:
Academic Skills Centre – for thesis writing support, tips for oral presentations, proofreading and more (keep your eyes peeled for GradFest, a dedicated week of bonus workshops tailored specifically for Postgrads)
UC Mentoring – For support that addresses wider social and emotional needs such as settling into UC and finding your way around Christchurch city.
PGSA – For regular events that will help you connect with other Postgrad students, socialise and discuss Postgrad specific concerns.
There are also a variety of services available through the UC Health Centre and Rec Centre that can help keep your mental and physical wellbeing in check.
These initiatives all share the aim to make your postgrad journey as positive as possible! So please, whether you’re battling with thesis writing or looking for a pal, reach out for some help. You don’t need to take this journey alone. If you’re not sure where to start, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get the conversation rolling! Plus I’d love to meet you!