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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.


The MacGibbon PhD travel fellowship

The 2024 MacGibbon fellowship round  for applications for travel in late 2024 or 2025

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$18,000 -$20,000 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 16th September 2024

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)

Application Dates
The University will accept applications twice a year. Applicants will be advised of their result within two weeks of the closing date.

2024 Closing dates:

  • 28 March
  • 29 August

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

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