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Scholarships and prizes in the Department of Geology

Scholarships available at the University of Otago

Most of our PhD students and many of our MSc students are supported by scholarships. Both local and international students may apply for these. 

If you wish to apply for a scholarship, we strongly encourage you to contact us first to discuss potential thesis work. Email to geology@otago.ac.nz, and also copy your email to the staff member whose interests overlap most with your interests.  If we know about your interests and background, we can offer advice that may strengthen your application.

Prizes in the Department of Geology

Prizes listed below are awarded annually to Otago geology students. Students do not apply for the prizes; rather, awards are made on the basis of performance in the relevant course(s).  Geology students are also eligible to apply for certain Otago awards, for example, the Campbell-White Scholarship. 

1. JD Campbell Prize in Geology - 300-level project

Established in 1984 by a group of friends and former students of Associate Professor J.D. Campbell.

The prize is awarded annually by the University Council on the recommendation of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences), to the student presenting the best independent project for Geology at 300-level.

The value of the Prize will be as set down in the current schedule of prizes.

2. DS Coombs Prize - 400-level

Established in 1991 in honour of Douglas Saxon Coombs, MSc(NZ) PhD(Cantab) HonDSc(Geneva) FRSNZ HonFGS, Professor of Geology from 1956 to 1990 and Emeritus Professor from 1990.

The prize is awarded annually by the University Council on the recommendation of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences), to the best student of Geology at 400-level.

The value of the Prize will be as set down in the current schedule of prizes, but with the approval of the Head of the Department of Geology may consist of a cash grant towards the expenses of geological research.

3. James Park Memorial Prize - Economic or Resource Geology

Founded in 1948 by the late Mrs Park in memory of her husband, Professor James Park, Dean of the Faculty of Mines and Metallurgy from 1901 to 1931.

The prize may be awarded by the University Council on the recommendation of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences), to students of special merit in Economic Geology (geology of mineral deposits) or in Resource Geology.

The value of the Prize will be as set down in the current schedule of prizes.

4. Ulrich Memorial Medal - Mineralogy at 200-level

Founded by subscribers to a fund for the purpose of providing a Memorial Prize in the School of Mines. It was awarded for the first time at the end of the session of 1902. In honour of Professor G. H. F. Ulrich, Professor of Mining and Director of the School of Mines from 1878 to 1900.

The prize is awarded annually by the University Council on the recommendation of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences), to the best student studying mineralogy in Geology classes at 200-level.

The value of the Prize consists of a medal and cash as set down in the current schedule of prizes.

5. University Book Shop Prize in Geology - 100-level

Established in 1985 by the Directors of the University Book Shop Otago Limited, the prize is awarded annually by the University Council on the recommendation of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences), to the student with the highest level of attainment in Geology at 100-level.

The Prize consists of books to the value set down in the current prize schedule.