Category Archives: UC PhD

Upcoming Postgraduate Scholarship Opportunities

Are you thinking of Postgraduate study in 2024? We have a number of Postgraduate Scholarships closing between 31 October and 2 December for study in 2024.

You can begin your search on our website. You’ll find regulations which give details on eligibility and the online applications under the individual scholarships which come up in your search.

The following scholarships are just some of those available as part of this round:

For study at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury:

Dr Richard P Garland Scholarship
$30,000 per annum per 120 points of enrolment to support organic chemistry research in students undertaking full-time PhD studies in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences. Apply here.

Kevin Spring Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Civil Engineering $40,000 to support research master’s students in Civil Engineering at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury. Apply here.

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. Apply here.

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. Apply here.

Sir Neil Isaac Scholarship in Environmental Science
$20,000 for Master’s or PhD research on the environment.  Apply here.

Tait Communications Master’s Research Scholarship
$15,000 for master’s research related to Critical Information and Communications Technology (CICT).  Apply here.

Tait Communications Doctoral Research Scholarship
$30,000 for Doctoral research related to Critical Information and Communications Technology (CICT).  Apply here.

Francis Small Scholarship – University of Canterbury
$20,000 for master’s research in Engineering. Apply here.

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. Apply here.

For graduates of Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury to support study overseas:

Sir William Hartley Scholarship
 $60,000 to support female doctoral students at a European university. Preference is given to those who will be studying at the University of Cambridge, the University of London, or the University of Oxford. Apply here.

Sims Empire Scholarship
Up to $70,000 per annum for graduates with a background in Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, or any related subject, or in a medical or other health-related field, to undertake further study in Great Britain. Apply here.

Anne Reid Memorial Trust Scholarship
$30,000 to to assist graduates to undertake postgraduate study in Art History, English Literature, Fine Arts, or Music in an environment at an overseas institution that encourages the completion of a course, research, or a creative work.  Apply here.

Christchurch Oxford Wakefield Graduate Scholarship
In 2023/24: Course fees up to £30,000 and living costs up to £16,062 to support graduates to undertake a One-year Master’s Course at Christ Church, Oxford.  Apply here.

Robert Bell Travelling Scholarship in Journalism
$15,000 for travel overseas to pursue enquiries and conduct research into news media and other like means of public communication. Apply here.

Keith Laugesen Music Scholarship
$10,000.00 to support postgraduate study overseas by students of Music. Apply here.

Ethel Susan Jones Fine Arts Travelling Scholarship
Up to $10,000 for graduates of the School of Fine Arts to further their study by visiting other countries. Apply here.

For exchanges:

Pagnol Scholarship
$5000 for a French major for a BA, BA(Hons), or Part I of an MA at the Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury in conjunction with any programme at a French Reciprocal Exchange Partner Institution of the Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury.  Apply here.

Christchurch-Seattle Sister City Scholarship
$5000 to support Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha |University of Canterbury students who are participating in the UC Global Exchange Programme at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA.  Apply here.

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Biosecurity seminar

To celebrate our research, our students and our partners and as part of UC 150th birthday celebrations, register here for UCBI’s free:

Biosecurity surveillance seminar
Wednesday 28 June
12-1:15 pm
Ernest Rutherford 465

Prof. Steve Pawson will outline how we can detect insects new to Aotearoa NZ using light traps and eDNA.

Paul Benden, PhD will detail his research plans for semi-automated surveillance using image segmentation of street-level urban trees.

​​​​​​​Cabbage tree AI

AI scans the cabbage trees in blue from a moving vehicle 

We will be streaming live and a zoom link will be sent later.

If you can’t make it, we will be recording it and posting it here.

Find out more and get in touch!

Changes to policies

As many of you will know the Research Student Supervision Policy came into effect on Monday 1 May. As part of the development of this policy content was taken from two policies that have now been revoked (the Research Work for a Master’s or Doctoral Thesis Policy and Provision of Resources – Support for Doctoral Students Policy).

We are asking that any reference to these policies be removed from webpages that may link to them and that links be made back to the UC policy library. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the team at