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PhD Resources and support

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Graduate Research School (including the Doctoral and Scholarships Office)

The Graduate Research School provides oversight of the University’s graduate research programmes and administers all central aspects of the doctoral and scholarships programmes.

PhD workshops

Resource Material

Personal Performance and Development Coaching

The University employs an accredited Personal Performance and Development Coach, Brian Johnston, to assist candidates to set realistic goals and to help focus on getting the right work/study balance. Visit the Personal Performance Development Coaching web page for further information about the service and how to make an appointment with Brian.

Statistics and Research

Postgraduate students carrying out quantitative research are encouraged to consider enrolling for the paper STAT 501 Statistical Modelling in Research. The aim of the paper is to provide you with the key statistical tools needed in collecting and analysing data.


Information on scholarship opportunities available at Otago

 Journeys of Discovery

Check out the diverse stories of 21 Otago PhD graduates in Journeys of Discovery, a collection of profiles of recent candidates and their research.


The Graduate Research Committee has oversight of graduate research processes and policies. The Graduate Research Student Liaison Committee provides an official forum for students to discuss issues relating to graduate research at Otago.

Māori and Indigenous Pacific Peoples Conference Funding

Please follow this link for more information on funding which is available to assist full-time graduate research candidates of Māori or indigenous Pacific descent attend domestic and international conferences.