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Research opportunities within the SJWRI for staff and students

Staff opportunities

Sir Thomas Kay Sidey Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Sir Thomas Kay Sidey Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended to support outstanding graduates who have recently completed a degree at doctoral level to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship in the Sir John Walsh Research Institute. Their purpose is to attract or retain candidates of the highest calibre to undertake research and teaching in the Faculty of Dentistry. The Fellowship award consists of one or two years' salary, plus up to NZ$12,000 per year in working expenses.

The 2019 Sir Thomas Kay Sidey Postdoctoral Fellowship has been awarded to Dr Ian Towle, under the mentorship of Dr Carolina Loch. We expect to offer this opportunity again in 2021.

2019 Sir Thomas Kay Sidey Postdoctoral Fellowships application guidelines (PDF, 593KB)

2019 Sir Thomas Kay Sidey Postdoctoral Fellowships application form (DOCX, 625KB)


Postgraduate opportunities

The Faculty of Dentistry offers numerous postgraduate qualifications for working dental professionals and students seeking a career in dental research. Both our postgraduate and professional students benefit from our research-informed, collegial approach.

Please visit the Postgraduate section of the Faculty of Dentistry webpage to identify the course of postgraduate study you are most interested in pursuing.  Each qualification section has links for further information.


I’m interested in doing a PhD - what do I do next?

All PhD students within the Faculty of Dentistry are enrolled through the Sir John Walsh Research Institute, the research arm of the Faculty. We recommend that you look through our key areas of research on the Sir John Walsh Research Institute web pages and decide on the area of research that interests you most. You should then contact the academic staff member leading that research and, if they are able to support a project in that area, develop with them a suitable research proposal. You can then go through the application process to enrol for PhD admission through the University’s Graduate Research School.

More information on the application process and entry requirements for a PhD is available on the Otago GRS website.

If you are an international student, please visit the University of Otago International Office website for information on any queries you may have regarding the application process, scholarship information and eligibility criteria for Postgraduate studies at the University of Otago. For example, the University of Otago has specific English language proficiency requirements for students for whom English is not their first language.

University of Otago PhD Scholarships

If you require scholarship funding to support your studies, please visit the Scholarships section of the Otago GRS website. All PhD scholarships, other than the SJWRI PhD Scholarship, are provided and administered by the Graduate Research School.  Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis according to GPA and publication record.  If you have already secured a scholarship from your home country, please make this clear when you contact potential supervisors.

SJWRI PhD Scholarship

The SJWRI PhD Scholarship is a prestigious award to support doctoral research in the Sir John Walsh Research Institute. The Scholarship consists of a NZ$20,000 stipend per annum for three years (if full-time) plus domestic tuition fees for 36 months (excludes student services fee and insurance). The primary supervisor of the successful applicant will also receive a NZ$5,000 project seeding grant to cover initial research expenses. Applicants are required to apply for a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship prior to consideration of their SJWRI PhD Scholarship application.

The 2019 SJWRI PhD Scholarship has been awarded to Shelly Arora, under the supervision of Dr Haizal Hussaini. An announcement regarding the 2020 Scholarship round will be made in due course.


I'm interested in doing a postgraduate degree other than a PhD -
what do I do next?

If you’re interested in doing a DClinDent, Masters or other postgraduate course in Dentistry, information on entry requirements and application processes are given on the Faculty of Dentistry website.

If you are intending to work as a Dentist to support yourself whilst undertaking postgraduate study, you will need to register as a dentist within New Zealand. Please note that this registration, along with complying with immigration regulations, is your responsibility.

For all postgraduate enquiries contact us by email at: sjwri.admin@otago.ac.nz.


Undergraduate opportunities

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Undergraduate scholarships

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