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ValueNZ $30,696 per year for full-time study or NZ $15,348 per year for part-time study plus a tuition fee waiver for the PhD thesis paper for the period of tenure
Number offered1
Closing date15 September


Established in 2013 by the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Otago Academic General Practitioner Registrar PhD Scholarship was created to support the sustainability and development of the Primary Health Care and General Practice academic discipline. The scholarship aims to help establish research capability among a new generation of General Practitioners by supporting the achievement of a Doctoral degree (PhD) at the University of Otago as well as vocational registration as a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).

Applicants must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand Residence Class Visa Holder;
  • hold a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees (MBChB) or an equivalent medical degree;
  • demonstrate a formal commitment to a General Practice career by having successfully completed either (i) the General Practice Education Programme first year (GPEP1) with an above average pass in the Primary Membership Examination (PRIMEX) or (ii) a RNZCGP Fellowship;
  • have successfully completed either the 'Health Sciences Research Methods' paper (HASX417) or the 'Research Methods in General Practice' paper (GENX821), or an alternative 30 point postgraduate research methods paper with a minimum B+ grade;
  • demonstrate proof of potential academic research ability through (i) successful completion of a research Master's degree, or (ii) appropriate and equivalent prior research experience;
  • be enrolled or intending to enrol for a PhD through one of the following Departments:
    • Department of Public Health & General Practice, University of Otago, Christchurch;
    • Department of General Practice & Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago;
    • Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice, University of Otago, Wellington.

The following factors shall be considered when selecting the scholarship recipient:

  • the applicant's academic ability
  • the applicant's proposed programme of research
  • the applicant's career goals and plans
  • the applicant's personal qualities


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