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Scholarships and Support

Te Whai Ao — Dodd-Walls Centre has several scholarships and opportunities to support students, and early career researchers. We offer Summer, Master and PhD scholarships as well as one research fellowship. In addition, we regularly have funded opportunities for research fellows to work on exciting projects.

Please click here for funding criteria.
The Travel Pool application form can be found here
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PhD Scholarships

Te Whai Ao — Dodd-Walls Centre provides PhD students with an opportunity to do excellent research in a collaborative environment. We welcome applications on an ongoing basis from domestic and international students.

If you are interested, please browse our list of current projects, or contact any investigators whose interests overlap with your own.

We invite applications for PhD Scholarships twice per year. The 2024 closing dates for PhD applications are:
·   Sunday, 25 February
·   Sunday, 22 September

The three-year PhD scholarship covers domestic fees, excluding Student Services Levy and Medical Insurance. The PhD Stipend is the same stipend rate at the University where the student is enrolled.

If available, the student should have applied for, and have been declined, a university PhD scholarship for the same project, or should be applying for it. If granted, they should take the University scholarship.

PhD Scholarship Form
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Women in Science

The Dodd-Walls Centre supports a variety of initiatives for women in science through partner universities and the Association for CoREs. Feel free to contact us by emailing:


Caregiver fund

This fund is intended to help caregivers attend conferences that they might not otherwise be able to attend. Please email us for full criteria.


POstdoctoral and research Fellowships

The Centre has regular opportunities for postdoctoral and research fellows. Please contact the Investigators that align with your research profile.

Masters Scholarships

We have additional funding available for Masters Scholarships at all of our partner institutions. If you are interested in applying, contact the Investigator whose research aligns with your interests.

To apply, fill in the Masters Scholarship Cover form using the button below.

Masters Scholarship
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Summer Scholarships

The Centre funds a number of summer scholarships each year so that undergraduates can get a taste of, and contribute to, ongoing Centre research.

If you are interested, please browse our list of currenly advertised projects, or contact one of our investigators. If you are a current student at one of our partner institutions, contact your local DWC researcher, or administrator.

Other opportunities

We have additional funding available for Travel and Output Awards, which are available to DWC students only.

Travel Awards PhD Output Awards
Please check for closing dates and how to apply.

Agnes Blackie Memorial Fellowship

Agnes Blackie was the first female physicist appointed as a lecturer in a New Zealand University, serving at the University of Otago between 19919 and 1958. The Fellowship is tenable for two years at any of the Centre's six partner institutions, and suits researchers whose area aligns with the aims and research themes of the Centre.

The intention of the Fellowship is to support an emerging early career researcher to develop their skills and enhance their research strengths. The successful Fellow will also complete outreach with under-represented student and community groups to increase STEM and research engagement.

The Fellowship is available on two-year cycles, the most recent being awarded to Dr Mallika Suresh in 2023.

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Join the Centre as aN Investigator

New Zealand based researchers working in photonics and quantum technologies are enouraged to consider becoming an investigator in the Dodd-Walls Centre. For more information, please see out Investigator Appointments Policy.

Investigator Appointments Policy
Investigator Appointments Policy