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The University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship provides funding to support doctoral students studying at the University of Otago. The Scholarship is available to both domestic and international students. The scholarship consists of an NZ$ 25,000 per annum stipend and student fees are waived for successful candidates. For the formal requirements please see the Regulations and notes for University of Otago postgraduate research scholarships.

If you are interested in a PhD in Botany and feel you would be competitive for an Otago Scholarship please browse our staff pages, identify a potential supervisor and contact them. We will from time to time invite candidates to apply for an Otago Scholarship on a theme identified by members of Academic staff.

2018 Peter Bannister Student Field Grant


Applications are invited for a grant from the Peter Bannister Student Field Grant Fund to assist those enrolled for a PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) or PGDip at the University of Otago and whose thesis deals with some aspect of botany.

The research project to be supported will be chosen on the basis of appropriateness to the objectives of the Society, namely to encourage the study and knowledge of botany. The grant will be administered through a supervisor's University of Otago account.

The grant is for fieldwork related expenses. It will not support equipment purchases or attending conferences.
Closing date for applications is 18 August 2018

A copy of the application form and rules may be downloaded from the Botanical Society of Otago website:

Contact for enquiries:
PBSFG Administrator
Botanical Society of Otago
P O Box 6214
North Dunedin, 9059
New Zealand or email:

Information on Prior Scholarships is available for review.