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PhD travel grants

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COVID-19 restrictions on travel have been relaxed and PhD students may apply for funding for international, national and virtual meetings if presenting.

Conference travel

The University of Otago offers every enrolled PhD student up to NZ$2,000 funding towards the costs of presenting their research at a relevant conference.

Please contact Dr Manon Knapen in the Health Sciences Divisional Office if you have any questions about the PhD Travel Grant Scheme.


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The MacGibbon PhD travel fellowship

The MacGibbon fellowship is currently is being re-opened for applications for travel in late 2022 or 2023.

This travel funding opportunity is available for PhD and DClinDent students. 

Successful students will receive up to NZ $12,000 each and spend 2-6 months studying in the USA.

This is being funded from a donation organised by the Alumni of the University of Otago in America Inc and represents a great opportunity to build collaborations in the USA.

Closing date 28th July 2022

If you want to travel in 2022 please contact Dr Michele Coleman

Meet our successful recipients for 2020:
Fellowship fund flies PhD students to the United States

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Maurice and Phyllis Paykel (MPPT) Conference Travel Funding for PhD students

Application information for Maurice and Phyllis Paykel (MPPT) conference travel funding for University of Otago PhD and DclinDent students is contained in the attached Guideline and Application format document.

Guideline and Application format documents (DOCX)

Application Dates
The University will accept applications three times annually. Applicants will be advised of their result within two weeks of the closing date.

2023 Closing dates:

  • 30 March
  • 13 July
  • 26 October

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Manon Knapen.