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PhD Positions in Food and Future Landscapes, New Zealand

Highly motivated PhD candidates that want to conduct their PhD studies in New Zealand are welcomed by the Food Transitions 2050 to apply for the PhD Positions in Food and Future Landscapes. Applications for the academic year 2023-2024 are now rolling.

The PhD scholarship is open for all domestic and international students that reside in New Zealand at the time of application towards a PhD programme at an NZ university or college of their choice. The selected candidates will be given a tuition fee and a yearly stipend.

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The Joint Postgraduate School Food Transitions 2050 is a new partnership initiative between five research organizations located in the Canterbury region: the University of Canterbury (UC), Lincoln University (LU), Plant & Food Research, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, and AgResearch.

Food Transitions 2050 focuses on food sustainability. The school’s core purpose is to support the transition to more future-focused, sustainable food systems and preparation by the year 2050. The intention is that the PhD student experience is as consistent as possible across the School, and work is underway to further align the PhD requirements of the two universities.

Application Deadline: Open

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Food Transitions 2050
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Award: Tuition fee and $28,000 NZD
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Nationality: Domestic and International
  • The award can be taken in New Zealand.


  • Eligible Countries: Students that are NZ citizens or residents or people already living in NZ are eligible to apply for the position.
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: Students can undertake a PhD programme in microbiology, entomology, chemical ecology, and molecular ecology in an NZ university or college they want to study at.
  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following/given criteria:
  • The applicants must be domiciled in the Canterbury region during their studies.
  • The applicants must apply by the deadline.
  • The cohort will begin on 1 March 2023.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: The applicants can visit the website of the university or college of their choice and follow its application procedure. Then, to apply for the PhD positions, the applicants can click on the ‘Apply Now button of the position they want to apply for.
  • Supporting Documents: The students are required to provide academic transcripts, proof of citizenship/nationality, CV, and other common supporting documents required by the university.
  • Admission Requirements: The students must meet the entry criteria for a doctoral programme at the university and hold an M.Sc. or equivalent degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or a related field.
  • Language Requirement: The students must submit meet the English language requirements of the university they want to join.


The applicants that win this scholarship will be receiving tuition fee support and a $28,000 NZD p.a. tax-free living stipend.

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