2020 Masters Scholarships in Quantitative Fisheries Science

Closing date: see "Important Dates" below.
Value of Award: 20,000 per year
No. of awards: Depends upon number of suitable applicants.
Tenure: For up to 2 years.


Application Form

Information Sheet

Fisheries New Zealand in collaboration with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) are offering scholarships to both Masters and undergraduate students. Scholarships are available for Masters students in the field of quantitative marine science, particularly stock assessment modelling or ecosystem modelling.

We encourage you to apply if you have a major or minor in mathematics, statistics, computing or biology. Applicants with a strong quantitative (particularly applied statistics) or computer programming background, combined with marine biology will be favoured.

Selection criteria:

  • To apply for either scholarship you must: be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident undertake full-time study in New Zealand (with the possibility of some coursework through an Australian university) let Fisheries New Zealand know if you hold other scholarships (you're encouraged to apply for additional scholarships that cover fees). # Applications are invited from New Zealand citizens and permanent residents only # Study must be undertaken within New Zealand (with the possibility of some course work being undertaken through an Australian university). # You must be eligible to undertaken an MSc or PhD at any New Zealand University # You must undertake full-time study # A suitable university supervisor and NIWA or MPI technical advisor must be agreed prior to acceptance (but we will help organise this at the latter stages of the application process) # There are no age restrictions # Study must commence within 6 months of receiving this scholarship # You may hold other scholarships but these must be disclosed to the Ministry for Primary Industries. Students are encouraged to apply for additional scholarships that cover the payment of fees. * Applicants with majors or minors in mathematics, statistics, and/or biology are encouraged to apply. It is expected that applicants will have a strong quantitative background and an interest in applied statistics. It is recommended that only those students who have taken statistics or mathematics courses at or beyond the second year level submit an application. * Stock assessment will be the major focus of the scholarship programme. It is recognised that a small post-graduate project (MSc) may be a component of a bigger project relating to this criterion. NIWA facilities and resources will be available for research where appropriate.

General Information:

How do students apply?
There are 2 stages for Masters applications. In stage 1 you submit an expression of interest. Stage 2 requires a full project proposal. To apply you must: be eligible to do a Master of Science (MSc) at any New Zealand university have a suitable university supervisor and NIWA or Fisheries New Zealand technical advisor before stage 2 (a potential university supervisor is desirable but not necessary for stage 1) start study within 6 months of getting this scholarship. All dates refer to the year prior to the possible receipt of a scholarship. Stage 1: Application Part I (to be submitted to Fisheries New Zealand by October 3rd) This includes a current CV (outlining previous work experience, nationality, any relevant research experience and background in quantitative methods), a brief statement outlining why you are interested in this opportunity and a copy of your academic transcripts to enable initial suitability as a candidate for the scholarship to be determined. Transcripts should be accompanied by a list of courses taken with a 10-20 word description of each course (as course titles on transcripts are not always informative). Candidates will be assessed (hopefully by October 17th). Short-listed candidates will be contacted to discuss their research interests and develop a project proposal and discuss proposed course work. Non-shortlisted candidates will also be informed that they have not progressed. Stage 2: Application – Part II (to be submitted to Fisheries New Zealand by December 7th) This must include a full project proposal, an updated CV, a statement of career goals and aspirations, a completed application form and two referees’ reports from suitably qualified academics/researchers attesting to the abilities of the student. Short-listed candidates applications will be assessed and applicants informed of the outcome of their application before Christmas.
Application Form
Information Sheet

Decision makers
The number of scholarships available at MSc level is partly dependent on the number of suitable applicants. Please note that university fees are not covered as part of these scholarships. Students are expected to organise payment of their own fees.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
Important dates Stage 1 closes 3 October 2019. Stage 1 successful applicants notified by 17 October 2019. Stage 2 closes 7 December 2019.  

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
The student is required to pursue the course of study outlined in their application form in accordance with the requirements of the host tertiary education organisation. If a scholarship is granted for both the papers and thesis year of the MSc then Fisheries New Zealand need to approve the choice of papers (to ensure this provides adequate training for the planned thesis). In cases where the proposed course of study changes or the student’s ability to undertake the course of study changes, Fisheries New Zealand must be notified immediately. If the student withdraws from the course of study before completion, the student may be required to repay Fisheries New Zealand any funds that have already been received.

Additional information
A Selection Committee comprising individuals from Fisheries New Zealand and NIWA will review applications for the scholarships. The decision of the Committee will be final and no discussion will be entered into. In Stage 2 candidates will be assessed upon their academic achievement and other relevant skills and experience. Priority will be given to those candidates with an interest in applied statistics (preferably in combination with marine biology) and a background in mathematics, statistics or computing. In Stage 2 candidates will be assessed against the following criteria: Academic achievement • Suitability of supervisor (university) and co supervisor (NIWA or Fisheries New Zealand) • Feasibility and applicability of proposed research • Relevant skills and experience (with an emphasis on quantitative skills)  

Who else has information about this award?
All applications should be sent to the Science Officer at Fisheries New Zealand by e-mail: science.officer@mpi.govt.nz

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

General Enquiries
Ministry for Primary Industries
Fisheries New Zealand

Ministry for Primary Industries PO Box 2526

Phone: +64 4 830 1574

Email: info@mpi.govt.nz

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