LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship


The Postdoctoral Fellowship provides funds for an emerging scientist from a developing country to undertake a research project in New Zealand in an area aligned with livestock greenhouse gas emissions. The award aims to build the applicant's capabilities so that they can help increase the level of scientific skill across their home organisation and country, as well as build closer relationships with New Zealand. 

The Fellowship 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 Fellowship does NOT support conference visits. 

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible* for the Postdoctoral Fellowship, 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 Fellowship.
  • Have a mentor in a New Zealand research organisation (host).
  • Be resident in a developing country as defined by the OECD list of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) recipients. The list is available via this 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$50,000 per year (pro rata) for a maximum of two years to cover living expenses while in New 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/medical insurance.
  • Up to NZD$5,000 will be provided to assist with research costs associated with the project.

Note that the Fellowship 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.  

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:

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An EOI for a Postdoctoral Fellowship 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 for submission of applications has been extended until July 31st 2016***

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 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: