COVID-19 restrictions on travel have been relaxed and PhD students may apply for funding for international, national and virtual meetings if presenting.
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.
- The Division of Health Sciences accepts PhD travel grant applications at any time of year
- Applications must be received at least two months prior to the date of travel
- PhD travel application guidelines (PDF)
- PhD travel application form (PDF)
- Postgraduate travel grant form (PDF)
Please contact Dr Manon Knapen in the Health Sciences Divisional Office if you have any questions about the PhD Travel Grant Scheme.
The MacGibbon PhD travel fellowship
The 2023 MacGibbon fellowship round is open for applications for travel in late 2023 or 2024
This exciting travel funding opportunity is available for PhD and DClinDent students wanting to undertake research in the USA. Previous recipients have enjoyed access to data, research facilities, other researchers in their fields and training they could not access in New Zealand. At least one has gone on to do postdoctoral work at his host institution in the US.
Successful students will receive up to NZD$15,000 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 Otago collaborations with institutions in the US.
Closing date 27th July 2023
For more information please contact Dr Michele Coleman
Quotes form recent recipients
"I had access to equipment, resources, lab models and mentorship that was not available in New Zealand."
"Please keep funding this sort of thing as it enables once in a life time experiences for emerging researchers."
"During my 6 months working with this advanced team, I was able to engage in interdisciplinary meetings, monthly seminars with the largest IBD centers around the US, as well as observe patient appointments and several complex medical procedures. As a direct result, I have a much stronger understanding not only for the complex realities around treating this disease, but also where my research fits into the management of IBD."
Meet our successful recipients for 2020:
Fellowship fund flies PhD students to the United States
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)
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.