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Visiting Student Researchers


Visiting researchers are students either enrolled at overseas universities or who are German pharmacy graduates completing their internship, who wish to carry out research at the School of Pharmacy.

Research projects

The School can provide supervision by academic staff and PhD students in a range of projects in the areas of:

To assist with this process, the School would ask that you check out the academic staff profiles and list your top three preferences, in the area of your choice. The School will endeavour to get you a project in the area of your choice.


Opportunities exist for placements of between three to six months' duration. Places are limited and will be allocated on a competitive basis. Preferable dates are January to June, or July to December, however placements outside these times may be negotiated on application.


For general enquiries regarding placements, please contact the Research Administrator.

We also have a current PhD candiate Sarah Streck who is familiar with this process, having previously had a placement here. If you have any questions if you are unsure of whether this is right for you, you are welcome to contact her in the first instance by email Sarah Streck

Accommodation and pastoral care

The University has an excellent Accommodation Centre which is able to assist students with placement, in University flats near campus. The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) has excellent facilities for social and sporting interaction with students on campus.

How to apply

Complete the application form and email this, together with the supporting documentation, to our Research Administrator:

Your application will be processed, and on approval for placement, you will receive a letter of invitation from the Human Resources office of the University of Otago. This letter will allow you to apply for a New Zealand visa.

You may apply for a placement at any time during the year.