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Resources and support

Conference funding

Humanities Division

PhD students can request overseas conference funding for one conference from the Division of Humanities.

The current maximum amount that can be applied for is $2,500. We generally recommend that a research trip is carried out in conjunction with conference attendance, if possible.

The full policy and application form is available from the Humanities website

Conference/fieldwork funding – Politics Programme

PhD students may apply once to the Politics Programme for funding to present at an overseas conference or to undertake fieldwork which is essential to their research. The maximum amount that can be applied for is $2,000. This money may be used in conjunction with the Divisional funding.

MA (Thesis) and PhD students may also apply for funding to present papers at the annual NZPSA conference.

Conference funding application form (PDF)

Fieldwork funding application form (PDF)

For further information, please contact the Programme Administrator. Email politics@otago.ac.nz

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Library

The University of Otago library has an extensive range of books and article databases. Through the interloan service you can also request free copies of articles and book chapters not available through the Otago library, and request free loans for books held in other NZ and Australian libraries.

Politics has a designated library contact: Subject Librarian (Humanities), Christopher Seay. Chris's office is at the Central Library, meetings are by appointment only. You can contact Chris on Phone: 479 8976 Email: christopher.seay@otago.ac.nz. Chris is available to provide tours of the library and assist with access to library resources and training.

Seminars

During semesters, Politics runs a programme of seminars presented by Programme staff, postgraduates and visitors, both from within New Zealand and overseas. We strongly encourage our postgraduate students to attend.

At various times we also organise public lectures open to all students and members of the public.

Upcoming events

Study space

Desk space is provided for all our postgrad students either in our postgraduate house, including internet access and a computer, will be provided if required. Access to the building is via your student ID card. For all space enquiries please email the Programme Administrator: politics@otago.ac.nz

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Higher Education Development Centre

Peer writing and support programmes for postgraduate students: The HEDC website has support for postgraduate students. See link: Peer writing & Support

Research & Thesis Writing Development is a section of the HEDC website that also provides links for support for postgraduate students. See link: Research & Thesis Writing Development

HEDC runs a series of workshops and has a range of online resources for postgraduate students.

Student Learning Development Support:

  • Help with study-related issues
  • Help with time management and workload issues
  • Help with effective note-taking and note-making, exam revision, etc.
  • Can help you to clarify the focus and scope of an assignment topic and can assist with developing a plan to structure your ideas
  • Can support you to improve your writing -- sentence structure, paragraph formation, etc.
  • Can assist you to prepare a well-structured oral presentation or seminar. They can also run through it with you and provide constructive feedback
  • Can help you to identify online or other resources
  • Can assist with support for numeracy or statistics issues
  • Can direct you to other student support services as needed
  • Assist postgraduate students to develop their research and thesis-writing skills

Click here for steps to make an appointment.

Mental Health Support

The Healthy Campus web site has a range of tools and resources to help students and staff enhance their health and well-being.

Student Health has information about emotional and mental well-being.

Nikki Fahey is the Otago Graduate Well-being Coach. Her role is to support graduate students to maintain their well-being while achieving their goal of successfully completing their postgraduate studies. You can email her at nikki.fahey@otago.ac.nz. Alternatively you can call her on 479 4327.

Students who are experiencing a decline in their well-being are encouraged to make an appointment with someone from Student Health, if uncertain about seeing a counsellor please make an appointment with a GP first.

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