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Scholarships

Zoology offers a number of prizes and scholarships for high-achieving students. There’s a list below so have a read through and see what’s available. Minimum standards may apply. The prizes start from 200 level, so from your second year of study you have can have high achievement recognised and rewarded. It’s all good.

University of Otago Summer Scholarships

Summer Bursary on Wētā metabolism

Summer Research Scholarships provide practical opportunities for students to learn about research by working on projects under supervision over the summer period of November to February.

Summer scholarships come with a stipend of $500 per week, non-taxable.

Scholarship project descriptions will be posted in this space when they become available, usually sometime in Semester 2. You are also strongly encouraged to talk to any academic staff members whose research interests you, to see if they will have any summer scholarship projects available this year.

ELIGIBILITY

The Summer Research Scholarships are open only to students who are returning to study at a New Zealand or Australian University in the following year.

Students must not be receiving alternative scholarship support for the same project or any other project over the same time-frame. Students may hold only one Summer Research Scholarship per summer.

Students who currently hold a University of Otago Doctoral or Master’s Scholarship are not eligible for a Summer Research Scholarship. Students with one of these scholarships and who are on a deferral over the summer period are also not eligible for a Summer Scholarship.

TENURE

Summer Research Scholarships take place over the November to February period and are for a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of ten weeks.

REQUIREMENTS

The scholarships must be awarded to assist students in pursuing their studies by participating in a University of Otago research project based on a University of Otago campus. These are to be awarded on the following basis:

• Their enrolment at the University of Otago, or upon agreement at another University.
• The project is relevant to their current course of study.
• The project will provide the student with key learning outcomes.
• Any services provided by the student are in relation to achieving the educational outcomes and the completion of the project.
• Benefits resulting from the project for the University will be incidental.
• Full supervision by a research-active academic staff member is provided.
• No employment relationship will be created, or is intended to be created as a result of the provision of the scholarship.
• The student must submit a research report of 1-2 A4 pages on completion of the project, in order to receive their final payment.

Parker Prize - Annual

Awarded to: the best student at 200 level
Prize: $300 and certificate

G H Satchell Prize - Annual

Awarded to: a student demonstrating general excellence at 300 level
Prize: $250 and certificate

Ballance Agri-Nutrients Prize for Conservation Research - Annual

Awarded to: a student demonstrating excellence in the Wildlife Management Course
Prize: $200 and certificate

Marion Fyfe Prize - Annual

Awarded to: the female student who attained the highest level of achievement in Zoology at 400-level
Prize: $500 and certificate.

Elizabeth Mason Prize - Annual

Awarded to: a female Zoology student for the best paper published in a peer-reviewed journal which is published within 2 years of the award of the degree (either PhD or MSc)
Prize: $ Variable (depending on the performance of the invested funds) and certificate

Fairlea Prize - Annual

Awarded to: a male Zoology student for the best paper published in a peer-reviewed journal which is published within 2 years of the award of the degree (either PhD or MSc)
Prize: $ Variable (depending on the performance of the invested funds) and certificate

Popular Science Writing Prize - Annual

Awarded to: an undergraduate or a Zoology postgraduate student for the best popular press article on research related to the Department of Zoology
Prize: $ Variable (equivalent to the Mason and Fairlea Prizes) and certificate