Doctoral opportunities

A PhD is more than just your research. This is your chance to build your networks, develop vital skills, prepare for your career - and even have some fun!

May: Get involved in this free weekend hackathon in which you'll create ideas to solve the biggest environmental, social and cultural issues of our time.

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May-August: Could you present your entire thesis in 180 seconds? Have a go at this fun and frantic annual research communication competition.

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Monthly: Get financial support for a short-term research visit or placement at Universitas 21 institutions.

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Multiple dates: Develop your entrepreneurial skills with this flagship programme comprising seminars, workshops and big-prize competitions!

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Multiple dates: Don’t miss these interactive one-day workshops developed to help you transform your idea into a new and exciting venture.

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July: Upskill in next generation digital research tools and skills at this highly-participatory and completely free three-day research development festival.

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September: Create solutions to big issues for NZ organisations in this week-long challenge offering exciting speakers, workshops and cash prizes.

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Apply October for a February start: Kick-start your academic career through fortnightly seminars on leadership, teaching and research.

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October: Present your research by poster or presentation in the University's biggest postgraduate research exposition and competition.

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October: Free two-day course exploring how to create value from research, commercialising your ideas and career possibilities for PhD graduates.

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Apply November for February: Join the Summer Lab programme and build a venture. No prior experience with innovation, entrepreneurship or business required.

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Apply by December: A three-minute pitch on this year's environmental challenge could win you an expenses paid trip to Dubai.

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Harshpreet Singh was awarded a U21 Doctoral Mobility Scholarship that enabled him to learn new skills in a Hong Hong Electron Microscope Unit.

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Read about Svetlana Kostrykina's successful experience with her U21 Graduate Collaborative Research Award.

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Andrew Chen tells us what it takes to participate in Exposure, the University's largest student-led postgraduate research exposition and competition.

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