Friday 11 March 2016 11:10am
In April Otago became the first New Zealand university to offer a year-round system of allocating doctoral scholarships.
Historically, decisions on such scholarships were made in a single 'main round' at the end of each year, but now they are made throughout the year as part of the doctoral admission process.
Graduate Research Services Director, Dr Charles Tustin says, “Doctoral candidates finish their prerequisite qualifications at various times throughout the year and want some certainty around funding at the same time as applying for admission to PhD study.”
Doctoral and Scholarships Group Leader Chris Stoddart adds that the initiative means students can start their PhD and get funding at any time during the year. Plus it has administrative benefits:
“Decision makers have more time to consider each scholarship application, and more comprehensive information with which to make their assessment. Departments also have better knowledge of applicants as they have usually already been in reasonably extensive discussions with them about their prospective PhD study,” Chris explains.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise) Professor Harlene Hayne, says, “This new funding initiative reflects our commitment to a research-focused culture that is designed to recruit and foster high-calibre postgraduate students from New Zealand and from overseas.”
For information about postgraduate scholarships contact Chris Stoddart.