14 October 2019
Applications are open for Ministry for Primary Industries Postgraduate Science Scholarships for PhD and Masters students
undertaking primary sector research.
MPI Chief Science Adviser, Dr John Roche says the scholarships are an investment in New Zealand’s future and will help
build science and technology capability and promote the exciting range of science careers on offer across our primary
industries, from fisheries to forestry, agriculture to food and biosecurity.
“This scholarship programme is aiming to encourage PhD and Masters students to pursue research within the primary
industries, particularly where there are science and skills gaps. Innovation is vital to capitalise on the opportunities
and mitigate the challenges our primary industries are facing.”
Dr Roche says New Zealand’s primary industries offer potential to work in an incredibly diverse range of areas that are
important to building New Zealand’s sustainable future. These include protecting and sustaining land and water
resources, innovating through genetics, harnessing the value and power of data to develop production systems that have a
positive impact on the environment, and responding to changing consumer food preferences.
The total value for each PhD scholarship is up to $50,000 and each Masters Scholarship is up to $12,000. Successful
recipients will also benefit from mentoring from MPI scientists and career development opportunities to fast-track their
career in the primary industries.
Applications close 8 December 2019. Scholarship winners will be announced in early 2020.