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Brooker Travel and helloworld Doctoral Travel Scholarships

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ValueNZ $1250
Number offered4 (1 per Division)
Closing date31 October 2018


Established by the University of Otago Council and Brooker United Travel in 2013, to provide doctoral candidates with support towards travel to an international conference. One scholarship per Division will be offered each year.

Applicants must:

  • be current University of Otago doctoral candidates who are yet to submit their thesis for examination
  • have had a paper, presentation or poster arising from their doctoral studies accepted at an international conference

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2018 Awardees

Swati Shah, PhD student, Department of Geography
The Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) is one of the biggest conferences on geography and this year more than 8500 delegates attended the conference. Around 1700 events, sessions and workshops were organised for the Washington DC conference. I was placed in a special session on ‘Geography, Politics and In/fertility’ which aimed at understanding the experiences of infertility or fertility among non-Western populations. I presented my paper titled ‘‘People like us need to hide it’: Stigma and Surrogacy for the Indian Intending Parents’, which went very well. For me this was a great opportunity because it gave me a platform to share my work with well-known geographers working in common research area. I attended sessions on health geography, feminist geography and black geography and had the opportunity to meet other well-known health geographers from US and other countries. These events helped me understand new areas of research occurring in human geography and establishing new networks.

Over all my experience of the five day conference was intense but a great learning experience. I felt delighted and privileged to attend this conference. I thank Brooker Travel and helloworld Doctoral Travel Scholarships for providing me support to attend this conference.

2017 Awardees

Jono Barnsley

Jono Barnsley, Chemistry, Science Division (left)
The Brooker United Scholarship assists students like myself to rub shoulders with leaders of our respective fields. The importance of international conferences, where scientific knowledge is dispersed and collaboration is fostered, simply cannot be overstated. I am very grateful for the opportunity to attend ICORS9, APCC'17 and ISPPCC'17 with financial support from Brooker."

Bridget Watson

Bridget Watson, Microbiology and Immunology, Health Science Division
The Brooker United Travel Doctoral Travel Award helped fund my travel to Montana, USA where I attended the 2017 CRISPR-Cas conference. I learned about the very latest research in this fast-moving field, focused on exploring a type of bacterial immune system, which has recently been adapted for genome editing in many biological systems, including humans. The experience was very valuable for my professional development as I met fellow scientists and was able to discuss my project, gaining new insights into my research. Thanks to the Brooker Travel award for making this opportunity possible.

Donia Waseem

Donia Waseem, Marketing, Commerce Division
The Brooker’s scholarship helped me attend the conference and thus contributed to advancing the leading role of Otago Business School among the leading scholars in service marketing. It helped become an active part of the service marketing community. Also, the feedback from the conference attendees has assisted me to advance my theoretical contributions in my thesis.”