Seven early-career researchers in Aotearoa have been
awarded Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships and
two have been awarded Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD
Scholarships in the 2020 funding round.
Postdoctoral Fellows will be exploring a diverse range of
research topics, including:
involvement in management of their asthma as a chronic
- Improving models for how snow and glacier
melt water affects Aotearoa’s water quality and
- How global warming affects New Zealand
- Tracking interactions between
magma and geothermal activity in the Taupō Volcanic
The Rutherford Foundation Fellowships and
Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarships seek to build
human capability in research, science and technology,
including social sciences and the humanities. The funding
opportunities support early career researchers who
demonstrate a passion for research, and have a strong sense
of the purpose and benefits of research to Aotearoa.
Receiving a Rutherford Foundation award is expected to have
a significant value in the future career development of the
supported scholars and postdoctoral fellows and help them to
establish a foundation on which to embark on an independent
Royal Society Te Apārangi President
Professor Wendy Larner FRSNZ said the Society was pleased to
award fellowships and scholarships to these outstanding
“The Society seeks to
support all New Zealanders to explore, discover and share
new knowledge. We look forward to hearing what these
talented researchers uncover with their
For 2020, the Royal Society Te Apārangi
Rutherford Foundation has announced seven Postdoctoral
Fellowships and two Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD
Two-year New Zealand Postdoctoral
Fellowships have been awarded to:
· Dr Julie
Spray, The University of
Auckland, Passive patients,
active participants, or responsible self-managers?
Children’s involvement in chronic illness management in
Aotearoa New Zealand.
· Dr Emily Greenbank,
Victoria University of
Wellington, Refugee and
migrant employable identities in action.
Alice Hill, National Institute of Water
and Atmospheric Research,
Improving New Zealand’s long term water security through
advances in water quantity and quality forecasting.
Dr Tristan McArley, The
University of Auckland,
Tolerance to climate warming in New Zealand snapper
· Dr Leighton
Watson, University of
seismic-acoustic-visual study of snow avalanche dynamics: a
natural laboratory for understanding particle-laden gravity
· Dr Shane Rooyakkers,
Tracking Magmatic-Geothermal Interactions in the
Taupō Volcanic Zone.
· Dr Alexis Marshall,
Waikato, Unravelling the
paradox of a globally invasive diatom.
Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship will enable recipients to
undertake full-time research programmes for 2 years within
New Zealand in any area of research, science and technology,
including social sciences and the humanities, at an eligible
New Zealand research institution. Each year, the Fellow will
receive a stipend of NZ$75,000 and NZ$10,000 (GST exclusive)
to support direct and indirect research costs.
Three-year Cambridge Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship
have been awarded to:
Palmer, University of
Otago, Investigating novel regulators of
autophagy in neurodegenerative diseases
Amelia Cordwell, University of
Auckland, Astrophysical Fluid
Dynamics: Planet-Disk Interactions
Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarships are jointly
funded by the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and
International Trust (CCEIT) and the Rutherford Foundation.
The Scholarship pays a living allowance as well as course
and college fees to enable recipients to complete a PhD at
the University of Cambridge.
The Rutherford Foundation
Postdoctoral Fellowships and PhD Scholarships are supported
by New Zealand government funding and administered by Royal
Society Te Apārangi.
View more on the latest
Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships and PhD
Scholarship recipients: royalsociety.org.nz/rutherford-foundation/
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