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The University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship provides funding to support doctoral students studying at the University of Otago. The Scholarship is available to both domestic and international students. The scholarship consists of an NZ$ 25,000 per annum stipend and student fees are waived for successful candidates. For the formal requirements please see the Regulations and notes for University of Otago postgraduate research scholarships.

If you are interested in a PhD in Botany and feel you would be competitive for an Otago Scholarship please browse our staff pages, identify a potential supervisor and contact them. We will from time to time invite candidates to apply for an Otago Scholarship on a theme identified by members of Academic staff.

Botany Summer Studentships 2016/2017

The Department of Botany will be offering and facilitating a number of Summer Studentships during the summer of 2016/2017.

Summer Studentships provide support to students who intend to enrol for study at the University of Otago in 2017. These Summer Studentships enable you to engage in some form of research based either within the Department of Botany or, through the Department’s links, within the Crown Research Institute, Landcare Research. A Summer Studentship can be a very good way to gain practical experience in botany and they can often lead to further research opportunities.

Value

maximum $5,000 (tax-free) for 10 weeks over summer commencing around 14th November 2016 with the latest finishing date being 24th February 2017.
Please find attached a list of available scholarships and detail in your application which one you are applying for.

To apply

please complete the application form, no later than 3 pm, Wednesday 12th October 2016

Application Submission

Department of Botany Office, 479 Great King Street or via email to botany@otago.ac.nz

A. Calvert Flora Trail Studentship.

Develop a plant guide that covers the Flagstaff-Swampy Summit area extending to Mt Cargill. The guide will be used to design a Flora Trail. The student will be supervised by Professor Kath Dickinson and Honorary Associate Professor Ilse Breitwieser (Allan Herbarium, Landcare Research, Lincoln).

B. Calvert Systematics Studentship.

Gain training in plant systematics and taxonomy using the flora of Flagstaff-Swampy Summit area, extending to Mt Cargill, as the focus (linking with Studentship 1). The student will be an intern with the Allan Herbarium at Landcare Research Lincoln and will learn valuable skills in plant systematics and taxonomy. The student will be supervised by Professor Kath Dickinson and Honorary Associate Professor Ilse Breitwieser (Allan Herbarium, Landcare Research, Lincoln).

C. Landcare Research (Dunedin) Studentship on moth-plant interactions.

Join the Unlocking Curious Minds MothNet project. The student will collect vegetation data to accompany moth trap data that schools collect. The successful applicant would need to have good plant identification skills and be available for field work in November and early December. They student will be supervised by Dr’s Anderson (Landcare Research) and Ohlemüller (Geography Dept.) and Hayley Ricardo (Landcare Research).

D. Landcare Research (Dunedin) Studentships on biodiversity assessment.

Subject to funding (to be confirmed on 13th September) two summer studentships will be offered to undertake a biodiversity assessment and monitoring programme in the Oteake Conservation Park, Hawkdun Range, North Otago. The research involves re-measuring plots and photo-points plus completing a demographic assessment of several threatened plant species. Students will be working in a relatively remote upland location supervised by Dr Gretchen Brownstein and Honorary Professor Bill Lee (both of Landcare Research, Dunedin).

E. Miss EL Hellaby Indigenous Grasslands Research Trust Studentship.

Gain training in collection management and associated activities, including aspects of scientific nomenclature and semantic interpretation of collection data. The student will be an intern with the Allan Herbarium at Landcare Research Lincoln and will work with the
David Galloway lichen collection. There will also be a period of similar activity at the herbarium of Otago University. The student will be supervised by Dr Janice Lord and Honorary Associate Professor Ilse Breitwieser (Allan Herbarium, Landcare Research, Lincoln).

Audrey Eagle Botanical Drawing Competition

There are usually just a handful of entries, so good chance of a prize in this local Botanical Society competition. Closing date 3 October. More information and how to apply.

Wellington Botanical Society

Jubilee Fund Award. The criteria are broad, more details are on page 7 of the linked PDF document. Closing date 2 September.

Specifically for Students

Tom Moss Student Award. For those interested in Mosses, Liverworts and Lichens. More details can be found on Page 8 of the linked PDF.

Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Brian Molloy Doctoral Research Scholarship, due 3 August. Page 3 of document for more information.

Peter Bannister Student Field Grant

Applications are invited for a grant from the Peter Bannister Student Field Grant Fund to assist those enrolled for a PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) or PGDip at the University of Otago and whose thesis deals with some aspect of botany.

The research project to be supported will be chosen on the basis of appropriateness to the objectives of the Society, namely to encourage the study and knowledge of botany. The grant will be administered through a supervisor's University of Otago account.

The grant is for fieldwork related expenses only. It will not support equipment purchases or attending conferences.

A copy of the application form and rules may be downloaded from the Botanical Society of Otago website. Thanks to Jennifer Bannister for generously providing this grant.

Closing date for applications is 22 August 2016

Contact for enquiries:
bso@botany.otago.ac.nz
PBSFG Administrator
Botanical Society of Otago
P O Box 6214
North Dunedin, 9059
New Zealand

Prior Scholarships/Student Summer Bursaries

Summer Studentships 2015/2016

APPLICATIONS CLOSED Applications close 30 September 2015.

There will be one Department of Botany based, two Landcare Research based, Summer Studentships available in 2015/16.

Summer Studentships provide support to students who intend to enrol for study at the University of Otago in 2016. These Summer Studentships enable you to engage in some form of research based either within the Department of Botany or, through the Department’s links, within the Crown Research Institute, Landcare Research. A Summer Studentship can be a very good way to gain practical experience in botany and they can often lead to further research opportunities.

Value: $5,000 (tax-free) for 10 weeks over summer commencing around 9th November 2015 with the latest finishing date being 19 February 2016.

To apply: please complete the application form

Submission date: Submit applications to Department of Botany Office, 479 Great King Street or via email to botany@otago.ac.nz

Further Supporting Information: see page 3 of the application form.

Submission closing date 2.00 pm, 25th September 2015
Commencement date Approx. 9th November 2015
Finishing date 19 February 2016
Duration 10 weeks over summer
Value $5,000 (tax-free)
Contact Email botany@otago.ac.nz

PhD Project - Effect of ocean acidification on natural Southern Ocean phytoplankton communities

Tuesday 20th July, 2015

Effect of ocean acidification on natural Southern Ocean phytoplankton communities

Climate change related stressors such as ocean acidification and ocean warming will expose marine phytoplankton to enormous changes in their environment with so far widely unknown effects on for phytoplankton communities. The majority of research on this topic has concentrated on analyses of a single stressor or a single species in laboratory experiments. This PhD project will investigate multiple stressor effects on natural Southern Ocean phytoplankton communities over the course of at least two years. The collected dataset will be used to model effect of future environmental changes on the Southern Ocean marine ecosystem.

The PhD student will receive training in all aspects of this project from participating in collection of seawater samples on board the Otago research vessel Polaris, using especially designed incubators with precise pH control, and measuring phytoplankton species composition and activity using a combination of different methods including: microscopy, flow cytometry, FRRF, metagenomics, and metatranscriptomics.

The successful applicant would be expected to be eligible for and to apply for a University of Otago PhD scholarship. More information about scholarships at Otago can be found on the Scholarships website.

For more information about the project please contact:

Dr. Linn Hoffmann
Department of Botany
University of Otago New Zealand
e-mail: linn.hoffmann@otago.ac.nz

Dr. Tina Summerfield
Department of Botany
University of Otago New Zealand
e-mail: tina.summerfield@otago.ac.nz

David Given Threatened Plant Research Scholarship

Applications close 30 September 2015.

Applications are now open The NZ Plant Conservation Network administers the David Given Threatened Plant Research Scholarship which is offered biennially. The scholarship is now open for applications to fund research that assists the protection and recovery of New Zealand’s threatened plant species and threatened communities. Threatened species and communities can be either nationally or regionally threatened.

Plant species include vascular and non-vascular plants as well as fungi. Applicants must be New Zealand residents or citizens but the work could involve overseas researchers who collaborate with the principal NZ researcher. Funds available for this year’s scholarship are $7000. Applications addressing each of the subject areas on the scholarship brochure (see attached to the end of the newsletter) should be emailed (preferred delivery option) to info@nzpcn.co.nz, or posted to the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network, PO Box 16 102, Wellington and marked “David Given Scholarship”.

This award is named after the late David Given in recognition of his considerable influence on plant conservation in New Zealand and worldwide over his lifetime.

Wellington Botanical Society Jubilee Award 2015

Applications close 30 September 2015.

Applications sought Wellington Botanical Society invites applications for an Award of up to $2,600 to encourage and assist applicants to increase knowledge of NZ’s indigenous flora, and to commemorate the Society’s Jubilee in 1989. Purpose of the award The Award is open to anyone working in NZ. It will be granted for: fieldwork; artistic endeavour; publication; research; propagation or cultivation of NZ native plants for educational purposes, and/or other studies which promote the better understanding of NZ’s indigenous flora and vegetation. Th e interpretation of these conditions will be flexible, except that the main criterion will be the furtherance of knowledge, or promotion of the intrinsic value, of NZ’s indigenous flora and vegetation. Th e Award may be used to defray costs such as travel, accommodation, materials or publication.

Award Applications should be made in typescript to: Secretary, Wellington Botanical Society, PO Box 10 412, WN 6143, or by e-mail to bj_clark@xtra.co.nz, by 30 September 2015. Th ere is no prescribed application form, but the following must be provided:

  1. the applicant’s name,
  2. postal address, telephone number and e-mail address.
  3. any relevant position held.
  4. a summary statement of the applicant’s accomplishments in the field of botany—no more than one page.
  5. an outline and timetable for the proposed project for which the Award is sought. 6. a proposed budget for the project.

Selection The Award will be made to one or more applicants selected by a subcommittee nominated by the committee of Wellington Botanical Society. Award(s) will be made, and applicants informed of the results in writing, by 30 November. Successful applicants will be required to provide, at an agreed time, a short report on what they have achieved, and an account of their expenditure of Award funds. Th e names of the Award recipients, the value of the Award(s), and a synopsis of the project(s), will be published in the Annual Report of Wellington Botanical Society.

Tom Moss Student Award in Bryology

APPLICATIONS CLOSED Applications close 15 September.

Tom Moss was an active member of Wellington Botanical Society for many years. In 1983, he attended the first John Child Bryophyte Workshop. To commemorate his name, his contribution to NZ botany, and his particular interest in bryology, a Trust Fund was established following discussion at the 2006 John Child Bryophyte Workshop. It is administered by the society. Th e Tom Moss Student Award in Bryology provides a small annual prize for the best student contribution to NZ bryology. Th e 2015 Award will be made at the John Child Bryophyte Workshop, 8–10 October 2015, near Waimate, South Canterbury. Contributions that would qualify for the Award include:

  • A student presentation at the Workshop relating to NZ bryology.
  • A paper relating to NZ bryology.

Only one application per student will be accepted, i.e., either a presentation or a publication.

The paper can be published, or accepted for publication, or a significant unpublished report. This should be published or written in the twelve months before the Workshop. It is not necessary to attend the workshop where a paper is submitted for consideration. Contributions are invited, and will be considered from any student enrolled for a BSc, MSc, PhD, or equivalent degree in the twelve months before the Workshop.

Students may be enrolled in a NZ or overseas university, and may include work on overseas bryophytes, as long as the work relates in some significant way to NZ bryology. An Award of $400 will be made by a panel of three judges attending the Workshop and appointed by Wellington BotSoc. The panel may reserve the right to make no award if there are no suitable contributions. Publications for consideration should be submitted, with a covering letter, by 15 September to: Tom Moss Student Award, Wellington Botanical Society, PO Box 10 412, WN 6143. Students intending to make a qualifying presentation at the workshop should indicate this when they enrol for it. For further information, contact Dr Patrick Brownsey, Te Papa, PO Box 467, (Ph: 04 381 7135).

Lucy Cranwell Grant

Applications are usually due in December.

The Lucy Cranwell Grant of $2,500 from the Auckland Botanical Society is to assist a student studying for the degree of PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) or B. Appl. Sci. in any tertiary institution in New Zealand whose thesis project deals with some aspect of New Zealand's flora and vegetation.

Priority will be given to projects relevant to the northern half of the North Island. Applications are usually due in December.

2014-2015 Student Summer Bursaries

Wednesday, 13th August, 2014

There will be one Department of Botany based, and two Landcare Research based, Summer Studentships available in 2014/15.

Summer Studentships provide support to students who intend to enroll for study at the University of Otago in 2015. These Summer Studentships enable you to engage in some form of research based either within the Department of Botany or, through the Department’s links, within the Crown Research Institute, Landcare Research. A Summer Studentship can be a very good way to gain practical experience in botany and they can often lead to further research opportunities.

Value: $5,000 (tax-free) for 10 weeks over summer commencing around 11th November 2014 with the latest finishing date being 21 February 2015.

To apply: please complete the application form.

Submit Applications: Department of Botany Office, 479 Great King Street
or
via email to botany@otago.ac.nz no later than 4 pm, 3rd September 2014

Further Supporting Information: see page 3 of the application form.

Submission closing date 3rd September 2014, 4 pm
Commencement date 11th November 2014
Finishing date 21st February 2015
Duration 10 weeks over summer
Value $5,000 (tax-free)
Contact Email botany@otago.ac.nz