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 six 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 NZCWRC encourages students to apply for one of these scholarships to undertake doctoral studies in New Zealand in the field of water research, which includes:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from treated farm dairy effluent
  • Environmental impacts of animal excrement application and mitigation options
  • Incorporate hydrologic connectivity into land use suitability assessment for improved water utilisation and water quality outcomes
  • Functional and compositional responses of soil microbial communities to the long-term application of biosolids to a coastal pine forest
  • Hydrological behavior of irrigated loess landscapes

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

Greenhouse gas emissions from treated farm dairy effluent -  Click here to view project

Prof. Hong J Di - Lincoln University

Professor Keith Cameron - Lincoln University

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

Prof. Hong J Di - Lincoln University

Dr Jiafa Luo - AgResearch

Professor Keith Cameron - Lincoln University

Dr Stewart Ledgard - Ag Research

Dr Lin Ma - CAS

Incorporate hydrologic connectivity into land use suitability assessment for improved water utilisation and water quality outcomes - Click here to view project

Dr. Henry Chau - Lincoln University

Dr. Wei Hu - Plant and Food Research

Professor Hong Di - Lincoln University

Dr. Mike Beare - Plant and Food Research

Dr. Rogerio Cichota - Plant and Food Research

Professor Bing Si - Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, China

Dr. Paul Johnstone - Plant and Food Research

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

Professor Hong Di - Lincoln University

Dr Jianming Xue - Scion

Professor Keith Cameron - Lincoln University

Dr Wenhua Wei - Otago University

Dr Jiafa Luo - AgResearch

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

Associate Professor Peter Almond - Lincoln University

Dr Seth Laurenson - AgResearch

Dr Steve Thomas - Plant and Food Research

Dr Sam Carrick - Landcare Research

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)