Category Archives: Research

Aho Hīnātore | Accelerator Scholarship Information Session for Staff and Students

Kia ora – as many of you know the Aho Hīnātore | Accelerator Scholarship is one of our most accessible and prestigious doctoral scholarships. The scholarship is designed to retain our best and brightest Honours and Masters students to carry out their doctoral studies at UC. This will be the second year that UC will offer the scholarship. Last year, we received a huge number of excellent applications that even more funding has been allocated to the 2021 scholarship. 

The Scholarships office and Postgraduate Research Office will be holding an information session on Wednesday Aug 4th in Undercroft 101 from 11-12, followed by some light refreshments. The session is for potential students and their supervisors to understand the process of application, clarify any questions associated with the project and PhD components, and to answer questions associated with the scholarship. Please RSVP to and advise us on any dietary requirements so we can provide adequate catering.

Some quick FAQs ahead of the session:

  • Closing date is 3rd Sept – applications must be completed online at
  • Scholarship is made up of a 12-week project (similar to the old summer scholarship) and a full time PhD program.
  • Stipend value: $6,000 for the 12-week project and $28,000 p/a + fees for the doctoral study (up to 360pts). 
  • The project is co-funded at $4,500 from the UC Foundation and Postgraduate Research Office with the remaining $1,500 sourced from other sources (e.g. external, research, departmental funding)
  • Applicants will be judged on the quality of the project, the strength of the supervisory team and the potential of the student
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 7.0 to qualify for the scholarship
  • The scholarship is open to any PhD program at UC and scholarships will be allocated equitably across academic units
  • Students must have completed and received the marks for their qualifying degree by March 31st 2022
  • The 12-week project must start no later than April 1st 2022
  • The student must start their PhD no later than July 1st 2022

We look forward to seeing you there

Mā te wā


Ekant Veer, PhD
Ahorangi| Professor
Te Amo Tuarua Rangahau|Associate Dean of Postgraduate Research (Scholarships)
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha|University of Canterbury
Ilam 8140
Private Bag 4800
Ōtautahi |Christchurch
Aotearoa|New Zealand

Waea|Tel: +64 3 3694068
Twitter: @VeerOffTrack

Geospatial Research Institute Seminar: From Data to Insight

Free Geospatial Research Institute Seminar – 30th July 2021

In this time of rapid global change, we need new ways to identify, monitor and understand the impact of change on environments and human dynamics such as economy, health and sociopolitical stability.

In this seminar, Rafael Kargren – Director of Oceania and Pacifica, presents Maxar Earth Intelligence capabilities. Book your free tickets here or join in on Zoom

When: 30th July, 1-2 PM and light refreshments from 12.30PM
Location: Ernest Rutherford 263 or online via Zoom

Maxar Earth Intelligence capabilities help customers map, detect, address and predict change at unprecedented speed and scale. Fueled largely by Maxar’s own constellation of high-resolution imaging satellites and combining multi-source data and applied artificial intelligence, machine learning and rich domain knowledge is able to deliver insight as a service.

Rafael is heading Maxar in Oceania and Pacific and has long background in remote sensing and earth observation. He has been involved in implementation of national earth observation data centers and information management systems in collaboration with Geoscience Australia, CSIRO and Australian state governments for initiatives such as Open Data Cube, Copernicus Data Hub, Digital Earth Australia and New Zealand’s Centre for Space and Science. He has been involved in many international initiatives to improve humanitarian actions and disaster response for Pacific Islands.

Rafael is also a lecturer at International Space University (ISU), board member at Pacific Islands GIS and Remote Sensing Council (PGRSC), Space Ops Committee, Asia and Oceania Group on Earth Observation (GEO) and Christchurch Aerospace. He provides active mentoring, coaching and support to several space start-ups and students in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

Rafael Kargren - Director Oceania and Pacifica
Rafael Kargren – Director Oceania and Pacifica




Geospatial Research Institute
University of Canterbury


Sustainable Futures – where nature and knowledge collide

Where nature and knowledge collide, University of Canterbury researchers are building Sustainable Futures. Throughout July, we are sharing some of the innovative research University of Canterbury academics are creating to grow society’s understanding of the natural world and shape a sustainable future for generations to come. In cultivating a spirit of curiosity, we contribute to the pool of diverse knowledge to pass on to the next generation and inspire and empower future researchers to overcome the challenges of the changing world. Through tiakitanga we will enhance and nurture our resources – He kaitiaki tatou katoa. See University of Canterbury research building towards Sustainable Futures.