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Career development pathways

Visit here for details on career development for PhD students and early career researchers

The Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Group

The Early and Mid-Career Researcher Group aims to support EMCRs to achieve research excellence by facilitating networking and promoting career development opportunities within the Division of Health Sciences.

Learn more information about the EMCR Group

Women's writing retreat

As a part of its gender equity in research initiatives the Division offers 1–2 women's writing retreats annually. These are advertised via the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) Newsletter and via your department and Associate Dean Research.

For details of future rounds contact the Associate Dean Research.


Te Manahua New Zealand Universities Women in Leadership Programme (NZUWiL)

The Te Manahua New Zealand Universities Women in Leadership Programme (NZUWiL) exists to support, encourage and contribute to the development of women who are, or aspire to be, leaders within the university sector.

Find out more about the Te Manahua New Zealand Universities Women in Leadership Programme (NZUWiL)

Te Kei – Māori academic staff and student development programmes

The role of Te Kāhui Amokura is to advance and promote the collective interests of New Zealand's universities to improve outcomes for Māori university students (tauira), Māori university staff and Māori scholarship.

Read more about career development for Māori academics on the Universities New Zealand website

Ministry of Health (MOH)

Have you thought about contributing your expertise to shape health policy and practice in New Zealand?

The Ministry of Health is regularly seeking health expertise, check on the latest vacancies.

Vacancies on health statutory bodies – MOH website

Chaffer Visiting Fellowship

The aim of the fellowship is to encourage visits to the Otago Medical School by distinguished overseas scientists or clinicians.

A call for 2023 Fellowships (three available) is now open.

Download the application format (PDF)

Applications close 31 August 2022.

Health Sciences postdoctoral fellowships

The Health Sciences Career Development Programme offers postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding Health Sciences graduates who have recently completed a degree at doctoral level.

Find more information on postdoctoral fellowships

Callaghan Innovation career development grants

Callaghan Innovation provide opportunities to bridge from a research degree to a career in technology based businesses in New Zealand.

Find out more about the Callaghan Innovation career development grants

PhD support (including travel support)

The University of Otago and the Division of Health Sciences has a range of services available to PhD candidates.

Find out what support is available to you as a PhD candidate in the Division of Health Sciences


A number of government departments provide opportunities for PhD students to engage in the research / policy interface by undertaking internships.

Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor

Summer research scholarships

The main objective of the summer research scholarships programme is to give undergraduate science and health professional students their first introduction to research. Many eventually go on to take up a career in research. Some of our most successful researchers gained their first taste of research as summer students.

Find more information about summer research scholarships

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