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Fellowships and scholarships for researchers

Fellowships and scholarships for early career and established researchers announced

11 November 2016

Today recipients of three schemes supporting researchers from early career researchers to established researchers have been announced.

Rutherford Foundation Trust

The Rutherford Foundation Trust awards postdoctoral fellowships and international PhD scholarships to outstanding emerging researchers. The following awards have been announced:

2-year New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowships:
Dr Carolyn Boulton, Victoria University of Wellington, for research entitled: Slipping fast and slow: How sediments influence Hikurangisubduction zone seismic hazard
Dr Matthew Cowan, University of Canterbury, for research entitled: Materials and process engineering for low-energy olefin/paraffin separations
Dr Francis Hunter, University of Auckland, for research entitled: Using Next-Generation Genetics to Understand Drug Resistance in Breast Cancer
Dr Benjamin Mallett, University of Auckland, for research entitled: Shining a light on the interface: Spectroscopy of superconductor thin-film meta-materials
Dr Nicholas Monahan, Victoria University of Wellington, for research entitled: Does coherence make organic solar cells more efficient?

3-year International PhD Scholarships (a grant-in-aid):
Mr Maxim Jeffs, University of California, Berkeley, for research entitled: “Homological Mirror Symmetry”

3-year Cambridge Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship to:
Ms Efthimia Christoforou, University of Cambridge, for research entitled: The role of placental endocrine function in determining the health of the mother and her offspring”
Ms Jessica Hiscox, University of Cambridge, for research entitled: The impact of poverty focused initiatives on wildlife perception and human-wildlife conflict

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Rutherford Discovery Fellowships

Rutherford Discovery Fellowships are to support development of New Zealand’s future research leaders. The following fellowships have been announced:

Dr Baptiste Auguie, Victoria University of Wellington, for research entitled: Light and chirality at the nanoscale.
Dr Federico Baltar, University of Otago, for research entitled: What makes ‘normal’ normal? Alternative microbial carbon and energy acquisition mechanisms in the neglected high-nutrient low-chlorophyll (HNLC) areas of the ocean.
Dr Adam Hartland, University of Waikato, for research entitled: Unlocking the karst record: quantitative proxies of past climates from speleothems.
Dr Huw Horgan, Victoria University of Wellington, for research entitled: Accelerating Ice – The Role of Water in the Flow of Ice Sheets.
Dr Yoshihiro Kaneko, GNS Science, for research entitled: Structural controls on earthquake behaviour in the Hikurangi subduction mega-thrust.
Dr Jenny Malmstrom, The University of Auckland, for research entitled: Signals to cells when and where they are needed.
Dr Duncan McMillan, University of Canterbury, for research entitled: Biomembrane nanotechnologies for exploring pathogen respiratory adaptation to identify and develop novel antibiotics.
Dr Jeremy Owen, Victoria University of Wellington, for research entitled: Harnessing the biosynthetic potential of uncultivated microbes for the discovery of new antibiotics.
Dr Nicole Roughan, The University of Auckland, for research entitled: Jurisprudence without Borders: A Pluralist Theory of Law.
Dr Virginia Toy, University of Otago, for research entitled: "Weaving the Earth's Weak Seams: Manifestations and mechanical consequences of rock fabric evolution in active faults and shear zones.

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James Cook Research Fellowships

James Cook Research Fellowships support experienced researchers to pursue their research full-time for at least two years. The following fellowships have been announced:

Physical Sciences: Professor Timothy Naish, Victoria University of Wellington, for research entitled: The contribution of the Antarctic ice sheet to past and future sea-level rise and implications for New Zealand
Health Sciences: Professor Debbie Hay, The University of Auckland, for research entitled: Medicines and mechanisms of migraine
Engineering Sciences and Technologies: Professor Peter Smith, Victoria University of Wellington, for research entitled: Analysis and design of millimeter wave communication systems
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