Apply for the Brain Research New Zealand Māori PhD Scholarship

Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa is a Centre of Research Excellence bringing together world leading neuroscience researchers and clinicians from across New Zealand to tackle ageing-related neurological disorders.




One of our major roles is to train the country’s next generation of leaders in neuroscience research. We are now offering a fully funded PhD scholarship to be taken up during 2016 for a Māori research student. This scholarship is for a highly innovative neuroscience research project that relates to the ageing brain, based at any one of the following institutions (the Universities of Otago, Canterbury, Auckland, or AUT).


This prestigious Scholarship includes funding for tuition fees plus 3 years stipend at $28,000 per year tax-free, plus $6,000 in working expenses.




To be eligible you must identify as Māori, have an outstanding academic record, have completed an Honours or Masters degree, and have evidence of strong research capability. Māori PhD scholars will be joining a supportive group of Māori researchers and students. In addition, BRNZ has a Māori strategic advisor who will provide mentoring for Māori staff and students.  


As part of the application you will need to write a brief summary of your engagement with Māori communities on campus and/or at home (whānau, marae, hapū, iwi) or how you plan to engage more with these communities over the course of your PhD.  Part of BRNZ’s philosophy is to give back to communities, including Māori.


Preference will be given to applications that are consistent with the broader ethos of the CoRE: innovative, collaborative, inter-institutional with shared supervision, multidisciplinary, translational research.


Applications close: 3 June 2016


Apply now

  1. To apply please contact a potential supervisor and co-supervisor (who must be a PrincipaI Investigator within Brain Research New Zealand. View the BRNZ PI list
  2. Decide on a suitable research project.
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Send this along with a letter of support from your proposed PhD supervisor(s), and a copy of your academic record as a single PDF file by 3 June 2016.
Apply for the Brain Research New Zealand Māori PhD Scholarship
Apply for the Brain Research New Zealand Māori PhD Scholarship