LEARN Co-funded PhD Scholarship


The Co-funded PhD Scholarship provides a stipend for a PhD student from a developing country to benefit from having supervision and conducting part of the research in a New Zealand research organisation in an area of research aligned with livestock greenhouse gas emissions.

The Scholarship is for a maximum of three years duration and the student can be enrolled in a PhD programme in their home country or in New Zealand Institution to receive the Scholarship. If the applicant is enrolled in their home country, the award provides for them to participate in a 12-month (maximum) PhD placement in New Zealand, which can be split into multiple visits over the three year period. If the applicant is enrolled in a New Zealand organisation, they must spend 12 months (minimum) in New Zealand.The PhD must be started within one year of the award being granted. Conference visits are NOT supported. 

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible* for the Co-funded PhD Scholarship, you must:

  • Be enrolled or in the process of enrolling in a PhD programme in your home country and/or a New Zealand research organisation in an area aligned with livestock greenhouse gas mitigation.
  • Have identified a suitable PhD supervisor in a New Zealand research organisation (host) who will be an integral part of the PhD supervisory team for the duration of the PhD.
  • Be a high achieving student (supported by academic transcripts, letters of recommendation and publishing record (if appropriate)).
  • Have secured or are likely to receive co-funding (this could be a scholarship or a stipend) from an organisation in your home country or elsewhere.
  • Be resident in a developing country as defined by the OECD list of Overseas Development Assistance recipients. The list is available viathis link.
  • 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.

*The New Zealand Government 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. 


Funding is available for:

  • Up to NZD$15,000 per year for a maximum of three years to cover living expenses while in New Zealand.
  • Up to NZD$5,000 will be provided for return economy class airfares and travel/medical insurance.
  • Up to NZD$5,000 will be provided to assist with research costs associated with the PhD.

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 confirmed co-funding and acceptance into an appropriate PhD programme. 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.   

How to Apply

A two stage process applies.

Stage One: Expression of Interest

An Expression of Interest (EOI) must be completed and submitted to the LEARN Administrator at NZAGRC to determine eligibility (awards@nzagrc.org.nz). Please use the following form:

doc LEARN PhD scholarship Expression of Interest... (0.28MB)

An EOI for a Co-funded PhD Scholarship can be submitted at any time during the year, however full applications are assessed on an annual basis.  

Stage Two: Full application

If eligibility is confirmed, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application to be considered by an assessment panel and the New Zealand Government. 

The deadline for submitting a full application is 30 June (New Zealand time), for assessment in July. ***Note the deadline has been extended until 31st July 2016***

The full application process is as follows:

  1. Develop a proposal and budget for the co-funded PhD programme and New Zealand placement/s in close collaboration with your supervisor in 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 June of the year the application is to be assessed.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

More information

The LEARN awards scheme is part of the New Zealand Government's support for the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA). The awards scheme aims to attract and support activities that align with the GRA as well as New Zealand's research priorities. For more information, please see: