LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship 2018/2019

The LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship provides funds for an emerging scientist from a developing country to complete a research project in New Zealand in an area aligned with livestock greenhouse gas mitigation.

The LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship must be spent in New Zealand. It is for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of two years and must be started within one year of the award being granted.

The LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship does NOT support conference visits.

All applications must be developed in close collaboration with a New Zealand research institution

Eligibility requirements for LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship

To be eligible for the LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship, you must:

  • Have gained a PhD in the last 5 years.
  • Be a high achieving researcher (supported by academic transcripts, letters of recommendation and publishing record).
  • Be employed in an area of research aligned with livestock greenhouse gas mitigation in your home country.
  • Have the support of your employer to apply for the LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship.
  • Have a mentor in a New Zealand research organization (host).
  • Be resident in a developing country as defined by the OECD list of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) recipients: http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm
  • Satisfy New Zealand Government requirements for international entry into New Zealand.
  • Be able to speak and understand English to a level sufficient to function in a research role.

LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship Funding

Funding is available for:

  • Up to NZD$50,000 per year for a maximum of two years to cover living expenses while inNew Zealand (pro rata to be calculated on time spent in New Zealand).
  • Up to NZD$5,000 will be provided for return economy class airfares and travel/medicalinsurance.
  • Up to NZD$5,000 will be provided to assist with research costs associated with the project.

Note that the LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship can be flexible to allow for multiple shorter stays in New Zealand.

The minimum duration at any one time in New Zealand is six months, and there must be at least two visits to New Zealand in a two year award period. Funds will be made available subject to the approval of a detailed budget, including evidence of estimated costs, and subject to evidence being provided of employment at your home organisation. This information is requested at the full application stage (see below).

All funds will be administered through the New Zealand host organisation. Once an award has been granted, it is the applicant’s responsibility to work with the New Zealand host organisation to make arrangements for travel, accommodation, insurance and any other logistical requirements.

The Ministry for Primary Industries reserves the right to review the eligibility requirements at any time and in exceptional circumstances award fellowships to applicants who do not meet all the requirements.

How to apply LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship

There is a two-stage application process. The New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) administers the LEARN awards on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Applicants must first submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) to to determine eligibility. Forms can be downloaded from here. If eligibility is confirmed, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application to be considered by an assessment panel and Ministry for Primary Industries.

An EOI for a LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship can be submitted at any time during the year, however full applications must be submitted by 30 June (New Zealand time).

LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship Scholarship application process

Full applications for the Postdoctoral Fellowship are assessed annually each July. The full application process is as follows:

  1. Develop a proposal and budget for the postdoctoral research project in close collaboration with the New Zealand host organisation. The budget should include supporting evidence of all associated costs.
  2. Complete all sections of the application form in English.
  3. Sign and date the declaration.
  4. Collect and attach any supporting documents as stipulated on the application form.
  5. Send completed application documents to the New Zealand host organisation.
  6. The New Zealand host organisation must submit the application and supporting documentation to NZAGRC by 30 Juneof the year the application is to be assessed.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application is assessed by an independent panel of technical and scientific experts appointed by Ministry for Primary Industries. The assessment panel considers:

  • The science quality and feasibility of the proposed research project.
  • Alignment with known scientific priorities and profile of the applicant’s home organisationand the New Zealand host organisation.
  • The extent to which the project will create enduring collaborations between New Zealand and the home country.
  • The extent to which the project will contribute to building capability in livestock greenhouse gas research in the home organisation and country.

Taking into account the panel’s recommendations, the Ministry for Primary Industries then assesses the application’s ‘fit’ with the objectives of the GRA and other Ministry for Primary Industries objectives and priorities before making its funding decision.

The contract will be signed by the applicant, New Zealand host organisation, the applicant’s home organisation and the NZAGRC.

Terms and Conditions

Applicants and participating organisations must comply with the following Terms and Conditions:

  • Applicants must complete an EOI and submit to NZAGRC. A full application must not be completed unless the applicant is invited by NZAGRC to do so.
  • Full application forms are to be completed in close consultation with the participating New Zealand and overseas research organisations. The application must be submitted to NZAGRC by the New Zealand host organisation by 30 June of the year the application is to be assessed. Individuals may not apply directly.
  • Applications must include evidence that the applicant is employed by their home organisation and is supported by that organisation to undertake the award if successful.
  • Applications must list all financial and in-kind support from participating organisations relevant to the proposed activities, and provide estimates of living costs for the award period and for international travel.
  • International travel will only be funded between the home country and New Zealand.
  • Once the contract has been signed, transfer of funds to cover contracted living costs will bemade to the New Zealand host organisation upon receipt of invoice following confirmationof the applicant’s arrival in New Zealand.
  • Funds must only be used for activities detailed in the final contract.
  • Applicants are required to work with the New Zealand host organisation to provide anactivity report to NZAGRC every six months addressing research progress and outcomes. A final report must be submitted to NZAGRC by the New Zealand host organisation within one month of the contract completion date.
  • Applicants are responsible for securing an appropriate entry visa to New Zealand and for any fees associated with visas, including a medical examination if required. The offer of funding does not guarantee that a visa will be granted. If required, NZAGRC can make a letter available to successful applicants confirming the award and the funding provided.

Information for Applicants

Applicants must:

  • Not apply for permanent residency or citizenship in New Zealand during the award period.
  • Not simultaneously hold other fellowships or scholarships.
  • Follow the rules and regulations of their host organisation.
  • Undergo a full medical examination for visa purposes if required.
  • Undertake to return to their home country for at least 12 months after completion of the award period.

An award shall lapse in the event that the successful applicant fails to arrive in New Zealand by the contract start date (this may be extended in consultation with NZAGRC in exceptional circumstances).

Successful applicants will be expected to have some funds at their disposal to cover initial living allowances for their first month in post.


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