PhD Scholarships at the New Zealand – China Water Research Centre

The New Zealand – China Water Research Centre is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and is hosted by Lincoln University, in partnership with AgResearch, Landcare Research, Plant and Food Research, Lincoln Agritech Ltd, and the University of Otago. The mission of the Water Centre is to coordinate collaborations between New Zealand and Chinese scientists from multiple organisations to mitigate water contamination, safeguard water quality, and increase water use efficiency.

Scholarships to support two PhD students from China to study at Lincoln University are available at the New Zealand – China Water Research Centre. Each scholarship will pay tuition fees for three years. The student would have obtained funding from China to pay for the living costs and international travel for studying in New Zealand. Specific research programmes will be developed based on the student’s interest, within the broad areas of mitigating non-point source contamination of water, water use efficiency, and associated areas. These scholarships are available immediately.

For further enquiries and applications, please contact:

Professor Hong J Di

Director of the New Zealand – China Water Research Centre.




Emerging Researcher Fellowship


Up to $40,000 is available to support a New Zealand-based early-career researcher to establish connections with Chinese counterparts. Eligibility and scope of the funding is outlined in the table below. Applications addressing the selection criteria, stating the duration of stay in China, and including a letter of support from the Chinese host organisation and a budget should be sent to Professor Hong J Di. For further information, including details of selection criteria please contact:

For further enquiries and applications, please contact:

Professor Hong J Di

Director of the New Zealand – China Water Research Centre.


Closing date: 30 October 2017

Type of activities funded

New Zealand-based researchers':

•  Return travel to China

•  Costs of local accommodation and transportation to their host


•  Meals and incidentals

Types of activities

NOT funded

•      Research costs

•      Travel and medical insurance

•      Supplement to study leave

•      Immediate post-doctoral training

•      Salary


New Zealand fellows must meet the following general eligibility requirements:

•  Have completed their PhD studies within seven years at the time

     of commencing the award

•  Have been awarded a doctorate at the time of application

• Be a New Zealand citizen, have permanent residency or be

    applying for permanent residency

•  Have been working or studying in New Zealand in an area relevant to the          fellowship activities

•  Be able to participate in the nominated fellowship activities at the

    time and for the duration proposed by the Chinese organisation

    during the Fellowship

Have identified suitable Chinese hosts and initiated contact with

    Chinese organisations to explore their interest in hosting a New

    Zealand Fellow (evidence provided via letter of intent).