Scholarship opportunities

Each year we invite applications from students wanting to undertake PhD research in the broad area of resilience.


From time to time other scholarship opportunities also become available with partner organisations and we profile these below as well.

ResOrgs PhD Scholarship

The next round of applications close on 31 March 2018 for study beginning in mid-2018.

Being accepted on the Resilient Organisation’s PhD programme will give you the opportunity to join a team of experienced researchers and students, with interests in the broad area of resilience. Resilient Organisation’s PhD’s have a ready-made network of students at all stages of the research process to both share and give advice on the practical and emotional stages of the PhD process.

Read more about what it means to be a ResOrgs PhD student (PDF).

Our assessment criteria:
  • You will be wanting to undertake full time study towards a degree of Doctor of Philosophy at either the University of Canterbury or University of Auckland.
  • You will be required to be based in Christchurch, New Zealand (if enrolling with the University of Canterbury) or Auckland, New Zealand (if enrolling with the University of Auckland) for the duration of their research.  Selection of which university you should enrol at will depend on the match between your chosen topic and the location of potential research supervisors.
  • You must be able to show you will be an outstanding PhD researcher. You should have a track record of academic excellence with a minimum GPA equivalent to an A- average, although normally successful applicants would have a higher GPA.
  • Your research topic will be the basis of negotiation between you and the Resilient Organisations research team, but will need to be aligned with ongoing research priorities within Resilient Organisations.  The research topic will be mutually agreed between you and Resilient Organisations before the research commences.  We will discuss potential research topics with shortlisted candidates, based on previous qualifications and experience, during the interview process.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be supported in their application to apply for scholarships where appropriate. We recommend you check out, the NZ official government site for advice on studying abroad in New Zealand.  Another useful website to check out is Education in New Zealand, an insiders guide to studying in New Zealand. The University of Canterbury and University of Auckland offer a range of doctoral scholarships as well:
 Download the Resilient Organisations PhD application form