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Postgraduate study opportunities at the University of Otago

The University of Otago is one of New Zealand's top research institutes. Supported by an active group of polar scientists, you will have a chance to emerge on an international scale to prepare your future academic career. We are always looking for keen students; please feel free to contact the staff member(s) you are interesting in working with.


The Polar Environments Research Theme has a postgraduate student group called the Otago Early Career Polar Researcher Organisation.

To talk with current postgrad students, please contact:

Maren Richter (Physics)

Grace Duke (Geology)

Scholarship information

University of Otago Doctoral and Master's Scholarships are competitive scholarships that are awarded to applicants with a strong academic record. These scholarships cover fees and living costs for one year (MSc) or three years (PhD). Many of our postgraduate students are supported by such scholarships.

Additionally, Te Pōkai Tara Universities New Zealand, offer a range of scholarships for study in New Zealand:

Other funding opportunities

Supplementary funding

Additional funding opportunities are available to provide logistical and supplementary financial support. The following prestigious scholarships are currently available:

PERT Conference Support

Contributions to students and post-docs attending a conference is available.

For more information, please contact:

Christian Ohneiser

External Support

The following organisations offer additional financial support for conference attendance, research stay or field work:

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