2019 Doctoral Research Scholarships 

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.

Up to 10 PhD projects are available at the New Zealand – China Water Research Centre, funded by the China Scholarships Council. Students will be enrolled at Lincoln University, New Zealand. The scholarship covers four years stipend and travel, and applications are made through the China Research Council.

The scholarships are available immediately. Leading New Zealand researchers are available to supervise excellent students. Available projects are listed below; however, it is possible to develop research programmes based on individual student interests.

How to apply:

  1. Visit the CSC https://www.csc.edu.cn/ website to find out about the joint programme
  2. Read about the available NZCWRC projects
  3. Email the supervisor to discuss your interest in an advertised project, or email the NZCWRC Director, hong.di@lincoln.ac.nz about the possibility of a project that meets your research interests. Please provide details of your relevant education and experience.
  4. Apply to the relevant New Zealand university clearly stating that you are applying for the CSC-NZCWRC CRCC Joint Funding Programme
  5. Apply to the China Scholarship Council for a scholarship when you have received a letter of offer from a New Zealand University

Summary of NZCWRC research proposals and supervisors

Impact of subsoil compaction on water and nitrogen processes in arable soils -  Click here to view project

Dr. Henry Chau  - Lincoln University

Dr. Wei Hu  - Plant & Food Research

Dr. Mike Beare - Plant & Food Research

Fine-scale nitrogen cycling in freshwater sediments - Click here to view project

Dr Niklas Lehto - Lincoln University

Hydrological behavior of irrigated loess landscapes - Click here to view project

Assocaite Proffesor Peter Almond - Lincoln University

Dr Seth Laurenson - AgResearch

Dr Steve Thomas - Plant & Food Research

Dr Sam Carrick - Landcare- Manaaki Whenua Research

Denitrification process, nitrogen leaching and gaseous losses - Click here to view project

Dr Jiafa Luo - AgResearch

Professor Hong Di - Lincoln University

Professor Tim Clough - Lincoln Univeristy

Prof L Ma - Chinese Academy of Sciences

Prof S Qin - Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University

Environmental impacts of animal excrement application and mitigation options - Click here to view project

Dr Jiafa Luo - AgResearch

Professor Hong Di - Lincoln University

Prof L Ma - Chinese Academy of Sciences

Reducing phosphate losses into water by treating farm dairy effluent before application to land - Click here to view project

Professor Hong Di - Lincoln University

Professor Keith Cameron - Lincoln University

Importance of different ammonia oxidisers in soil in nitrate leaching and nitrous oxide emissions - Click here to view project

Professor Hong Di - Lincoln University

Professor Keith Cameron - Lincoln University

Functional and compositional responses of soil microbial communities to the long-term application of biosolids to a coastal pine forest - Click here to view project

Dr Jianming Xue  - Scion

Professor Hong Di - Lincoln University

Dr Maria J Gutierrez-Gines - ESR

Professor Keith Cameron - Lincoln University

The impact of climate change on vineyard water use - Click here to view project

Dr Amber Parker - Lincoln University

 Dr Junqi Zhu - Plant & Food Research

Dr Hamish Brown - Plant & Food Research

Dr Julian Theobald - Plant & Food Research

Will long-term application of biosolids drive the diversity of antibiotic resistance genes in the soil-water environments? - Click here to view project

Dr Jianming Xue  - Scion

Professor Hong Di - Lincoln University

Dr Louise Weaver - ESR 

Professor Zhaojun Li - CAAS, China

Professor Keith Cameron - Lincoln University

 

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.

Email: hong.di@lincoln.ac.nz

Type of activities funded for New Zealand-based researchers:

  • Return travel to China
  • Costs of local accommodation and transportation to their host institution
  • Meals and incidentals

Types of activities NOT funded

  • Research costs
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Supplement to study leave
  • Immediate post-doctoral training
  • Salary

Eligibility - 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)