Travel Grants - Biological Sciences - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Student Travel Grants

The Claude McCarthy Fellowship

Category A
To enable graduates of a New Zealand university, who are registered and enrolled for a doctoral degree at a New Zealand university, to travel overseas for short periods to: present research work at conferences, and/or conduct research leading towards the New Zealand doctoral degree for which they are enrolled.

Note for Applicants: Applications for overseas conference attendance will be enhanced if combined with plans for overseas research activities.

SCAR Biology Travel Award

The award is to help NZ-registered postgraduate students to attend SCAR symposia. An outcome of the VII Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Biology Symposium held in Christchurch in 1998 was the establishment of the SCAR Biology Student Travel Award Scheme, set up specifically to help NZ-registered postgraduate students to attend SCAR symposia. The award is administered by a group of executors set up under the auspices of the Royal Society of New Zealand's Committee on Antarctic Science.

Students must be registered at a New Zealand Tertiary Institution and pursuing biological research in Antarctica and/or the Southern Ocean. Priority will be given to students who intend to present a paper or poster at the symposium. Only New Zealand citizens or residents are eligible to apply. The awards will cover the full cost of an economy return airfare and the full cost of the registration fee. Accommodation and food costs will not be covered.

NZES Student Travel Grants

Travel grants can be used towards the costs of attending the New Zealand Ecological Society annual conference (and associated field trip) fees, travel to and from the conference venue, accommodation, and meals during the course of the conference. The amount of grant awarded to any one individual (to a maximum ofNZ$400) will be based on the likely relative travel costs of all applicants. Up to eight travel grants may be awarded each year.


  • All applicants must be a postgraduate student currently enrolled at a tertiary educational institute, or been enrolled at a tertiary educational institute in the last six months prior to the date ofthe conference.

  • All applicants must have applied to present at either the student day or main conference (poster or oral) OR be involved in the organisation or running of the conference (including the student day and field trips).

  • Applicants must not have accepted an NZES student travel grant in the last two years.

  • Membership of NZES is not required

The Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust

The Trust Board may provide grants-in-aid to eligible applicants for assistance with the costs of travel relevant to their research in a health-related field. This may include (i) travel to scientific meetings; (ii) visits to research centres; (iii) short travel periods to work in research laboratories or undertake research training. The grants are not available for personal career advancement.

Grants-in-aid for personal travel are usually in the range of$1,000- $3,000 and have a current limit of$3,000  unless exceptional circumstances apply.

Qualified research workers in any health science field, who are working in New Zealand, are eligible to apply for travel grants-in-aid from the Trust. This includes doctoral students in the final year of their PhD studies, but Masters and less senior PhD students are no longer eligible to apply (unless the proposed travel of 2nd year PhD students will actually fall during their 3rd PhD year).

N.B. Research workers seeking funds for personal travel to attend a conference must apply using the Travel Grant category (even if the conference will be held locally). Conference support grants (q.v.) are not available for this purpose.

Further advice may be obtained from the office of the Trust if needed.

NZ Federation of Graduate Women (Canterbury Branch)

Each year funding is made available for a series of awards for women. Conditions for these awards require applicants to be New Zealand citizens. If you are a student this will be shown on your academic record, so you need not attach documents. Other applicants however, must attach evidence oftheir  citizenship, e.g. birth certificate or copy of NZ passport.

Conference Presentation Travel Award ($200-800 each)
Category 4- Travel  Awards for Postgraduates only Conference Presentation Travel Awards are for graduates, enrolled fulltime at University of Canterbury or Lincoln University, to assist them to attend a conference and present a paper or poster based on their original work. Applications must be received at least six weeks before the date of the conference.

Christchurch branch of the NZRS

Guidelines for Travel Awards and Research Awards
For many years the Canterbury Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand has made travel awards to young scientists to present their work at conferences. The Branch's resources are limited, the awards have not been large, but have assisted applicants in personal scientific research projects, and have enabled many to present the results of their studies at conferences, both in New Zealand and overseas.

The Student Travel Awards scheme currently operates on a monthly basis from February to November. Applications for consideration  should reach the branch by the first of each month. Applicants will be notified around the middle of the month after the monthly council meeting. Funds will be distributed among applicants up to the indicated maximum values.

Guidelines (Revised  May 2013)

  1. Awards are regarded as Grants-in-Aid to assist New Zealand citizens*, in particular those unable to obtain significant assistance from other sources. Awards are not normally available for the presentation of research associated with full-time employment.

  2. Awards are normally made to young scientists based at a tertiary institution in Canterbury,
    New Zealand who are engaged in thesis work and will present their results at scientific meetings. In some cases this can include students completing their final year of a Bachelors Honours degree, e.g. BSc(Hons}, BE (Hens), BAgSc(Hons).
    Awards may also be available where an opportunity becomes available during the course of
    study (but not when planned at the commencement  of the study) for a student to visit a research institution or similar that would benefit the applicants thesis research

  3. Travel awards will normally be not more than $250 for New Zealand conferences, $500 for
    Australia/South Pacific and $1000 for other countries including Perth, Australia. If an award has been granted previously then a $1000 "lifetime" maximum will normally be applied.

  4. If there is a significant shortfall between the total of grants received and the costs of travel a supplemental amount up to 50% of the amount awarded may be granted. The extra amount will help towards 60% of costs but not more. This supplement is generally available to those without significant other support for their study. This may be applied for when all grants and costs are known by the applicant who should then contact the awards subcommittee with appropriate details.

  5. No award will be made for an application directly relating to logistic support for thesis study.

  6. Applications should be made at least 4 weeks in advance of the conference. Deadlines will be the 8th of each month. Decisions will usually be made within a month of each deadline.

*Proof of Citizenship is required with the application, a scan or photocopy of the photo page of you passport is sufficient. If you are not travelling internationally and don't have a passport then please contact us for advice.

NZ Society of Plant Biologists

Travel Award for the NZSPB Annual Conference
A sum of $1000 or more is shared each year amongst student members who present material (poster or oral paper) at our annual conference. Payments have generally been in the range of $100-$250 in recent years, which is usually insufficient to cover expenses but may help students in securing additional Departmental assistance.

Travel Award for Any International Conference
At least two awards of $250 or more are offered in February each year for student members to present material at any international conference. As of 2005, recent awards have been between $500 and $1000, with the amount varying with funds available and the number of applicants.

NZ Marine Sciences Society

A key objective of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society is to encourage and assist marine research in New Zealand. The Society recognises that nurturing marine science students and young scientists is a critical first step towards achieving this goal. The Society supports student research in several ways:

NZMSS Student Research Grant
Applications close 1 April
This grant is targeted at allowing graduate researchers to extend their work beyond the limits of restricted academic funding and providing exposure to outstanding young scientists.

NZMSS First Overseas Conference Travel Fund
Applications close 1 February and 1 August
This travel fund is targeted at allowing outstanding young scientists to present their research to an international audience at an overseas conference.

NZMSS Conference Prizes
Awarded during the NZMSS annual conference
The Society encourages communication among marine scientists by holding an annual conference and awarding a range of prizes for outstanding presentations.

NZMSS Conference Travel Awards
Awarded during the NZMSS annual conference
The Society encourages student attendance at its annual conference by providing travel awards to all student members who give an oral or poster presentation at the conference.