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PhD travel grants


Due to COVID-19 restrictions no travel is currently permitted.  However, all PhDs may apply for funding for virtual meetings if presenting.

Conference travel

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

  • The Division of Health Sciences accepts PhD travel grant applications at any time of year
  • Applications must be received at least three months prior to the date of travel
  • PhD Travel Application Form and Guidelines (PDF)

Please contact Michele Coleman 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

Due to COVID-19 disruptions the MacGibbon fellowship is currently on hold.  This website will be updated once this situation changes.

This new 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.

Complete the application form below and return to by the 26 July 2019

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 documents.

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