Funded Masters Scholarship, University of Otago

Dunedin, NZ

Position Title: Funded Masters Scholarship

Organization: University of Otago

Position Overview: The successful applicant will be based within the Department of Tourism, University of Otago Business School. The research area investigates the social dimensions of non-native, invasive, freshwater fish species (e.g. koi carp and rudd). Applicants with some knowledge of Māori and Pasifika contexts are encouraged to apply as the research will engage with diverse community groups (including visitors to Aotearoa New Zealand). The Masters scholarship is supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand as part of the Marsden-funded research project “Bad nature”: The social dimensions of invasive alien species and their management in New Zealand.” The project is led by Professor Brent Lovelock and Associate Professor Anna Carr who will both provide supervision for the successful applicant. The successful applicant will use a case-study design to explore peoples’ values associated with invasive freshwater fish species in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a qualifying degree (e.g. a good Honours degree or a Post Graduate Diploma (or equivalent qualification)) in the social sciences, environmental sciences, tourism/leisure studies, geography, Māori studies, ecology or other relevant discipline, and the necessary skills and attitude to carry out independent research. Applicants with knowledge of te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori are encouraged. The successful applicant will ideally be based in Dunedin for at least part of the one year of full-time study required for the Masters. A period of field research away from Dunedin, will be required. Requirements for the Master of Commerce programme are found here.

Salary/pay: The scholarship is for a period of one year and includes all tuition fees and a tax- free stipend (NZ $17,000)

Start/end dates: Applicants must have the right to immediately begin study in New Zealand in October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application Requirements:

• A curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum).
• A brief outline (1 page maximum) describing your relevant research and/or professional skills and experience- this can be from your previous study or employment.
• A summary (1 page only) of your motivations and goals for undertaking this Masters.
• Academic transcripts and certificates for any previous tertiary study.
• The contact details of two referees (at least one of these should be an academic referee; a reference from an employer may be included).

Application Deadline: June 30 at 5 p.m.

How to Apply: Enquiries, expressions of interest, and applications should be directed to: Professor Brent Lovelock (brent.lovelock@otago.ac.nz) Ph +64 3 479-8520