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Pacific Island Student Summer Scholarship

Friday 12 August 2016 8:39am

Te Tumu and the Department of Politics are offering two summer scholarships for Pacific Island undergraduate students to undertake Pacific related research and other academic activities over the 2016/2017 summer period.

Notes & Conditions

  1. Pacific island students with strong academic record and suitable research, analytical and writing skills are eligible.
  2. Students must also have been a Te Tumu Major or Politics Major in 2016, or have studied some Humanities courses on the Pacific during 2016.
  3. Students must be return to study at Otago after completion of their scholarship
  4. Students will be advantaged in the research by:
    • having a strong academic background in Pacific studies and/or Pacific politics
    • having good essay writing skills, and
    • having other relevant academic/research background related to critical Pacific issues.
  5. Each scholarship has a value of $5,000 to be paid in installments directly to the student’s nominated bank account (see details of payment dates and conditions below).
  6. The student is expected to contribute a minimum of 375 hours (or ten weeks) to the project.
  7. The approved research project is normally 10 weeks, commencing on 18 November 2016 and ending in February 2017 (excludes vacation time).
  8. The expectation is that the student be physically located in Dunedin across the major part of the research.
  9. The University of Otago Regulations regarding Scholarships apply.
  10. Applicants will be notified within five days of the closing date.
  11. The scholarships must be taken up by 17 November 2016.

Application Process

Application form

Application requirements

Complete the Application Form above, and attach the following:
• A two-page curriculum vitae
• Academic transcript
• Contact details for two academic referees
• A note verifying Pacific Island ethnicity
• Bank Account Details & Verification Attached (details on application form)


Deliver applications to:
• The Department of Politics, level 4, Arts Building, or
• Te Tumu reception office, ground floor, Richardson Building, South Tower


Applications close at 12noon, Monday 31 October 2016. Late applications will not be considered.

More Information

For further information or questions, contact:

Department of Politics

Dr Iati Iati:

Te Tumu

Associate Professor Jenny Bryant-Tokalau: