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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 NZD$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

Please note that under the COVID-19 related restrictions, these funds may be unavailable.

Conference/fieldwork funding – Politics Programme

PhD students may apply twice 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 per student is NZD$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

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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.

Chris is available to provide tours of the library and assist with access to library resources and training.

Chris Seay
Tel +64 3 479 8976


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 – for Masters students that is within the Masters annex on the ground floor of the Arts Building, and for PhD students, on the 4th floor of the Arts Building. All rooms have internet access and a computer will be provided for PhD students only, if needed.

For all space enquiries, please email the programme administrator.


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Higher Education Development Centre

Peer Writing and Support programmes for postgraduate students:
Peer Writing and Support

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

Steps for making an appointment

Wellbeing support

The Healthy Campus website has a range of tools and resources to help students and staff enhance their health and wellbeing.

Student Health has information about emotional and mental wellbeing.

Nikki Fahey is the Otago Graduate Wellbeing Coach. Her role is to support graduate students to maintain their well-being while achieving their goal of successfully completing their postgraduate studies.

Tel +64 3 479 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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