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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Close date
Friday, 1 October 2021
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Master's, PhD
National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies


Applications are invited for two 3-year Rei Foundation Doctoral Scholarships at Te Ao o Rongomaraeroa, the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo, the University of Otago.

Applications are particularly welcome from two distinctive but not mutually exclusive groups of students who are traditionally under-represented in higher education. The first group are Indigenous students, particularly tangata whenua, Moriori and Pasifika, and the second are students with disabilities, refugees, migrants and students from countries in the global south.

Those applying for this scholarship should possess a minimum of two years' work experience and/or activism or voluntary experience in peace-related fields, such as peacebuilding, development, advocacy, social justice and indigenous rights, including Waitangi Tribunal claims or other indigenous movements across the Pacific including Maohi Nui, West Papua, Australia, Vanuatu. Similarly students with disabilities, refugee, and migrant communities are encouraged to bring the particularities of their experiences into their doctoral studies.

All applicants should be passionate about peace and social justice related issues and they must have appropriate prior academic achievements. The two successful applicants will be encouraged within the framework of their thesis work, to respectfully acknowledge the political realities of marginalized populations and those who experience disadvantage.

Applicants are encouraged to pursue research projects that contribute to building up the strengths and interests of the Centre, including but not limited to:

  • Indigenous Movements and Peace Traditions
  • Social Justice in Aotearoa and across the Pacific
  • Decolonisation and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Disability and Peace: Obstacles and Opportunities
  • Development and Peacebuilding
  • The Pursuit of Peace for Migrants and Refugees
  • Faith-based Peacebuilding
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction: Transitional Justice, Reconciliation and Social Healing
  • Peace Education
  • Suicide and Peacebuilding
  • Intergroup Relations and Trust
  • Social-Psychological Dimension of Peace and Conflict
  • Nonviolent Movements and Pacifism
  • Climate Change and Conflict

The NCPACS is New Zealand's first Centre to combine global cross-disciplinary expertise on the issues of peace, justice, conflict analysis, non-violence, development, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. It offers postgraduate programmes at the Masters and PhD level; conducts high level research on the causes of conflicts, violence and social injustice, as well as the conditions for sustainable peace; and provides training, evaluation expertise and expert advice to government and non-governmental organizations engaged in humanitarian intervention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. It is a postgraduate theory, research and practice centre, located within the Division of Humanities. Our aim is to provide PhD graduates with the most advanced theoretical insight into the origins and management of all forms of violence and conflicts, as well as skills and knowledge for dealing with that in their future academic or professional work. Our regional foci are Aotearoa -New Zealand, Oceania, East and Southeast Asia, although projects on other areas will also be considered.

The scholarships will be funded through the University of Otago and provide an annual stipend of NZ$25,000 for up to 36 months (3 years) and will also cover tuition fees. Please note that the start date for successful international applicants is dependent upon decisions by the New Zealand government about when the borders will be re-opened to overseas students.

The scholarships are available to both International and Domestic students. If you are interested in applying please send an email with 'RFL/NCPACS PhD Scholarships 2022-2024' in the subject line to the email address given below.


Please attach to your email the following items:

  • an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • copies of relevant academic transcripts
  • a research proposal 5-10 pages in length
  • two letters of reference
  • evidence of your practice and/or activist or volunteer background

Applications can be forwarded to

The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Tel +64 3 479 4546


Richard Jackson
Tel +64 3 479 4546

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