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Postgraduate scholarships at Dunedin School of Medicine

Overview

The Dunedin School of Medicine has five specialised scholarships available for PhD or master's students based in our academic departments.

Applications for these scholarships are now open. Applications close on Friday, 12 August at 5pm.

Applications for fees support for PhD students in their fourth year of study are open.

The University of Otago's Scholarships and Awards page has information about additional scholarships for all areas of study at the University.

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Frances G Cotter Scholarship for Research in Medicine

Eligibility

Open to medical graduates who are registered as medical practitioners with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Preference is given to graduates of any New Zealand university, who have completed the requirements for full registration.

Duration

1 year.

Details

The Scholarship is tenable at the University of Otago for the purpose of:

  • Undertaking research within the Department of Medicine; or
  • As part of a collaborative project involving any university department, with the active participation of a member of the senior staff of the Department of Medicine.

Emolument

A tax-free emolument is available (dependent on qualifications).

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Dunbar Scholarship

Eligibility

Open to all graduates of the University of Otago, although the scholarship would be particularly suited to a graduate of the Division of Health Sciences.

Duration

1 year (in the first instance). This scholarship may be renewed for up to two more years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Details

Tenable at the Dunedin School of Medicine, the Dunbar Scholarship is available to undertake research relating to:

  • Urinary disorders, or
  • Uterine disorders, or
  • Catarrhal disorders, or
  • Another field of research as may be approved by the University

Emolument

A tax-free emolument is available (dependent on qualifications).

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Emily Johnston Scholarship for Research in the Science and Art of Clinical Medicine

Eligibility

Open to all graduates of any university in New Zealand who:
• Are Commonwealth subjects, and
• Hold a degree in medicine, and
• Have completed at least 10 months' residence as house surgeon or house physician in a New Zealand hospital with at least 100 beds

Duration

One year (in the first instance). This scholarship may be renewed for up to two more years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Details

This scholarship is tenable in the Department of Medicine, for research in the science and art of clinical medicine.

Emolument

A tax-free emolument is available (dependent on qualifications).

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Lady King Scholarship

Eligibility

Open to graduates in medicine of the University of Otago, or of other universities approved by Council.

Duration

One year in the first instance. This scholarship may be renewed for up to two more years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Details

This scholarship is tenable at the Dunedin School of Medicine, and is available for the purpose of encouraging the study in New Zealand of:

  • Preventable work in paediatrics, and/or
  • The wellbeing of mother and child in the antenatal, intra-natal, and postnatal periods, and/or
  • The wellbeing of children up to school age

Emolument

A tax-free emolument is available (dependent on qualifications).

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Clinical Research Scholarship

Eligibility

Open to all medical graduates who are registered as medical practitioners with the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Preference is given to graduates of any New Zealand university who will have completed the requirements for full registration.

Duration

One year in the first instance. This scholarship may be renewed for up to two more years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Details

This scholarship is tenable at any department of the Dunedin School of Medicine. Its funding is to support the recruitment of clinicians, in training to carry out research, as a preparation for an academic career in a clinical discipline.

Emolument

A tax-free emolument is available (dependent on qualifications).

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“Finishing your PhD” Research Grants-in-Aid

The purpose of these Grants is to support those students entering the last year of their research towards a PhD within the Dunedin School of Medicine (DSM). The grants are designed to provide some funding for those who have had financial support during their PhD which has now come to an end, and still require additional time to complete their degree.

Eligibility

Applications are invited from PhD students who meet the following criteria:

• Hosted and supervised by a department in Dunedin School of Medicine, and
• Receiving scholarship funding support which is coming to an end, and
• In fourth year of study.

Duration

Funding is available for up to six months in the first instance.

Amount

The amount funded will be in proportion to the fractional commitments of all DSM supervisors overseeing the student.

As an indicative guide, Grants-in-Aid under this scheme will be up to, but usually not exceed two-thirds the value of a University of Otago Postgraduate scholarship which currently is at the level of $25,000 per annum.

Application process

Applications should be submitted eight weeks prior to conclusion of existing scholarship.

Anticipated time frame is that applicants will be informed of outcome within four weeks.

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Fees support for PhD students entering their fourth year of study

The purpose of this award is for Dunedin School of Medicine school-wide fees support for PhD students entering their fourth year of study. The award is to facilitate and incentivise degree completion within 3.5 years.

Eligibility

Support is available to enrolled PhD students – Domestic and International – who are supervised by DSM staff AND have been enrolled for more than 3.0 EFTS but not more than 3.5 EFTS.

In order to receive funding, successful students will be required to sign a declaration stating that they are not in receipt of any other fees support through a department award, external grant, or similar.

Students may apply for financial support to their other department / school for that portion of fee support.

Amount

A minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 6 months (one semester) fees will be paid by the DSM award, per student, pro-rated according to FTE (part-time vs full-time) and DSM departmental EFTS split.

The award will cover tuition fees only; student service fees, insurance, or other associated costs are excluded from this award.

Application process

Funding support is granted by application, which will include a plan for each month and show evidence of commitment to submit thesis for examination. A letter from the principal supervisor or statement of endorsement must be included. It is recommended that applications are submitted 4–6 weeks prior to intended enrolment to allow for assessment and processing.

Assessment

Applications will be assessed by the Associate Dean Postgraduate, Associate Dean Research, and the DSM Finance and Business Manager.

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Further information about scholarships at the Dunedin School of Medicine

For more details and to apply for any of the above scholarships, please contact the Dean's Department:

Tel 64 3 470 9841 (Dunedin Hospital extension 59841)
Email dsm.adminassistant@otago.ac.nz

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