Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award in Natural Disaster Research

Closing date: 01/08/2022
01/08/2023
5pm, 1 August annually (or next business day)
Value of Award: up to US$40,000 (plus NZ$4,000 travel funding)
No. of awards: One
Tenure: 1 year

Fulbright Graduate Award Online Application Form

Scholarship Page

This award is offered in partnership with the Earthquake Commission (EQC), the government agency which provides natural disaster insurance for New Zealand residents, as well as funding natural disaster research and public education programs. The award is available for research into the risks posed by natural disasters, the hazards they present, their impact, society's vulnerability, mitigation and management measures.

The Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award in Natural Disaster Research is for a promising New Zealand graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US university in the area of natural disaster research.


Selection criteria:

  • To be eligible, you must: • have completed the equivalent of four years full-time study at tertiary level and obtained a bachelor's degree by the time you take up your award, but not yet hold a doctoral degree; • plan to undertake full-time postgraduate study or research at a US institution for a period of at least six months; and • meet the citizenship requirements of this award. Preference for Fulbright graduate awards is given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright graduate award, or had extensive recent experience in the US (ie. have not studied, taught, researched or worked in the US for a period aggregating more than nine months/one academic year during the past five years).

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applications must be submitted, and all required documents received, by 1 August 2020. To apply for this award, click the link below and create a login account to begin. You can save and return to your application as many times as required.  
Fulbright Graduate Award Online Application Form
Scholarship Page

Decision makers
A Selection Committee comprised of representatives from Fulbright New Zealand. Final selection is confirmed by the Board of Fulbright New Zealand and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (USA).

How and when do students learn of the decision?
• Interviews will be held in Wellington in September. Fulbright New Zealand will pay the costs of travel to Wellington only for applicants residing in New Zealand. • Applicants outside New Zealand who are unable to attend an interview in person may be disadvantaged; • We will advise you of the outcome of your application in early October.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Refer to ' Award Conditions'

Additional information
Please download and refer to the instructions document within the online application, and refer to it as you complete your application for detailed guidance about what is and isn’t required from individual New Zealand applicants.

Who else has information about this award?
Tertiary institutions' scholarships, research and careers offices, and university-based Fulbright Campus Advisers.


For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Shauna Mendez
Programme Manager
Fulbright New Zealand

PO Box 3465
New Zealand

Phone: +64 4 494 1500

Email: shauna@fulbright.org.nz

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