Kauri Drought Doctoral Scholarships     

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Drought-induced forest mortality is a global problem caused by increasingly frequent and severe droughts across the world. Kauri (Agathis australis) are amongst the largest and longest-lived trees in the world. They are ecologically and culturally significant and tree ring research indicates they are also highly responsive to climatic conditions.

Dr Cate Macinnis-Ng is establishing a forest drought experiment funded by a five year Rutherford Discovery Fellowship to explore drought responses and adaptations in this iconic ecosystem. There are two PhD scholarships available to high quality candidates with a good MSc or Hons degree in a range of sciences. Students with experience in forest ecology, ecosystem processes, plant ecophysiology, remote sensing, modelling, climatology, hydrology and isotopic analysis are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please read the regulations carefully to be sure you are eligible before you apply.  Then click on the blue “Apply here” button and complete the online application form.

Scholarship applications will usually open around 6 weeks before the closing date.  We recommend you check the form early for any request sections, in case a referee or supervisor is required to support your application and to familiarise yourself with the form.  Apart from any sections that are sent to a referee to endorse, you can go in to your form and amend your answers for all other sections up to the closing date.  All sections (including any request sections) must be submitted by the closing date, which is midnight on the specified date (unless stated otherwise).   We recommend you do not have two different scholarship applications open within the same browser.

Outcomes are determined by a selection committee and are usually notified around six weeks after the closing date.

Need more information?

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Applicable study: PhD at the University of Auckland in a topic related to drought responses and adaptations in Kauri
Closing date: 9 September
Tenure: Up to 3 years
For: Assistance
Number on offer: Two
Offer rate: One-off
Value: Up to $27,000 pa, plus domestic PhD fees and Health Insurance (if applicable)


Every effort has been made to ensure the information we have supplied is correct and up to date. However we strongly advise that you check the regulations, application forms and any other information that is available, to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for any application you might make, and that you understand the implications of any regulations, awarding value and closing dates.