Scholarships

Read about current scholarships offered by the Ferrier Research Institute for postgraduate study in chemistry.

The Ferrier Research Institute is seeking applications for the following scholarships to support our current research programmes. Select a scholarship from the list for more information, including its value, how to apply and eligibility criteria.

Master of Drug Discovery and Development

Description

The Ferrier Research Institute is offering eligible international candidates the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to do a taught Master’s programme, the Master of  Drug Discovery and Development at Victoria University of Wellington.

History

The Ferrier Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, is leading the delivery of an exciting taught Master’s programme, the Master of  Drug Discovery and Development. This programme will equip graduates with the tools to enter the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and agrichemical sectors. The programme has been designed in consultation with international leaders in the pharmaceutical and related fields. In addition to a research project, students will benefit from coursework in a series of interdisciplinary subjects ranging from medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical analytical chemistry and the formulation of drugs, to the regulatory framework in which pharmaceutical and similar companies operate and strategies to protect intellectual property. This degree is designed to provide students with a broad grasp of the pharmaceutical environment and can lead to PhD study in a related field.

Eligibility

The scholarship is open to all qualifying international students. International students refers to students who do not have New Zealand residency and who are not New Zealand citizens. Applicants must meet programme-specific eligibility criteria and university eligibility criteria. Applicants must obtain a suitable visa in order to study in New Zealand. The scholarship becomes payable on enrolment and must be used against tuition fees only.

Holders of this scholarship will be expected to work on a research project under supervision of a Ferrier Research Institute staff member, on a project approved by the Director of the Ferrier Research Institute, or his delegated nominee. Selection criteria include academic performance, publications and/or conference proceedings, referee reports, and any other tangible demonstration of academic or research ability.

Criteria
  • Applicants must be international students.
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a relevant life science subject such as Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Pharmacy, Pharmacology or other relevant subject, with an average of at least a B+ in 300-level Chemistry.
  • Applicants must be intending to enrol in a taught Master’s programme (Master of  Drug Discovery and Development) at Victoria University of Wellington.
Application process

Applicants should submit their applications by email to Simon.Hinkley@vuw.ac.nz, including copies of complete academic transcripts, degree certificates, CV (including the contact details of at least two academic referees who are familiar with the candidate, e.g. university lecturers at 300 level or higher, supervisors of research projects, etc), letter of motivation and referee reports (at least one from an academic/research supervisor of the candidate).

Scholarship specific documentation
  • Copies of academic transcripts
  • Degree certificates
  • A CV
  • A letter of motivation
  • Two referee reports (at least one from an academic/research supervisor of the candidate)
Selection process

Successful candidates will be chosen by a selection panel of relevant Ferrier Research Institute staff.

Selection criteria include academic performance, publications and/or conference proceedings, referee reports, and any other tangible demonstration of academic or research ability.

Additional information

If there is no suitable candidate in any one year the scholarship will not be awarded.

Holders of this scholarship will be expected to work on a research project under supervision of a Ferrier Research Institute staff member, on a project approved by the Director of the Ferrier Research Institute, or his delegated nominee.

Regulations and conditions
  1. A completed online application must be submitted by 4.30 pm on the closing date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Any required supporting documentation (including references) must also be received by 4:30pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.
  2. All offers of the Scholarship will be conditional upon the recipient being fully enrolled in a full-year programme (full-time will be at the level of points considered by Studylink as full-time) within the stipulated criteria and tenure of the scholarship. No payment of the Scholarship will be made until this condition is met.
  3. The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
  4. The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards.
  5. Should the recipient withdraw from Victoria University of Wellington during the tenure of this scholarship or fail to achieve a satisfactory progress, partial repayment of the Scholarship will normally be expected. Recipients must advise the Scholarships Office if they intend to withdraw.
  6. Recipients are expected to act as Ambassadors for Victoria University of Wellington and participate in appropriate events or marketing if requested.
  7. At the discretion of the Deciding Authority, the application of the terms and conditions of the Scholarship may be modified in special circumstances or to avoid hardship to any candidate for the Scholarship.
Contact

For more information please email: Simon.Hinkley@vuw.ac.nz,


PhD Scholarship in Synthetic Biology – Ferrier Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

Applicants are invited to apply for a fully funded three-year PhD scholarship to explore biosynthetic pathways towards complex natural products.

The Ferrier Institute has established a world-class reputation in nature-inspired synthetic carbohydrate chemistry and analysis and has extended its expertise into the areas of synthetic and chemical biology, chemical immunology, and natural product isolation. We investigate issues related to our health, wellbeing, and the sustainability of our environment. More about the research undertaken at the Ferrier Research Institute can be found here.

Project outline

Fungal project – biosynthetic pathway discovery and characterization

In this project, under the supervision of Professor Emily J Parker, we will use a variety of chemical and molecular biological methods to unravel complex mechanisms for the biosynthesis of novel bioactive natural products.

The PhD scholar will contribute to the project by carrying out studies on gene characterisation and gene expression in fungal hosts. The ideal candidate will have some understanding of molecular biology and biosynthesis.

Funding

This position will carry an annual stipend of $30,500 per annum for 3 years and cover full student fees and levies.

Funding Notes

The Institute is split between Gracefield in Lower Hutt and Kelburn in central Wellington, New Zealand and so the PhD candidate must be in New Zealand or able to get across the border to New Zealand to carry out this study. The applicant must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at Victoria University of Wellington. A GPA of 7.5 or greater (on a 9 point scale), first class honours or Master’s grade and demonstration of proficiency in English are essential.

Contacts and next steps

Please apply to our Postgraduate Coordinator Dr Alison Daines ferrierPGC@vuw.ac.nz. When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:
* All degree certificates and transcripts (undergraduate AND postgraduate MSc—officially translated into English where necessary)
* Detailed CV
* Details of 2 academic referees

* A statement of your research interests

Selection process

The successful recipient will be selected by the Ferrier Research Institute Scholarship panel.

Conditions

The recipient will need to sign a Victoria University of Wellington Research Scholarship contract and a confidentiality agreement


PhD Scholarship in Synthetic Biology – Ferrier Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

Applicants are invited to apply for a fully funded three-year PhD scholarship to explore the molecular mechanisms and inhibition of essential bacterial biosynthetic enzymes.

The Ferrier Institute has established a world-class reputation in nature-inspired synthetic carbohydrate chemistry and analysis and has extended its expertise into the areas of synthetic and chemical biology, chemical immunology, and natural product isolation. We investigate issues related to our health, wellbeing, and the sustainability of our environment. More about the research undertaken at the Ferrier Research Institute can be found here.

Project outline

Exploring bacterial enzymes as new targets for treating infectious disease

In this project, under the supervision of Professor Emily J Parker, we will use a variety of chemical, biochemical and biophysical techniques to examine how regulated enzyme catalysis works and to design inhibitors that specifically target both active and allosteric sites of key bacterial enzymes from important human pathogens.

The PhD scholar will contribute to the project by carrying out studies on protein structure and function and analysing and manipulating enzymatic reaction chemistry. The ideal candidate will have some understanding of protein structure and function.

Funding

This position will carry an annual stipend of $30,500 per annum for 3 years and cover full student fees and levies.

Funding Notes

The Institute is split between Gracefield in Lower Hutt and Kelburn in central Wellington, New Zealand and so the PhD candidate must be in New Zealand or able to get across the border to New Zealand to carry out this study. The applicant must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at Victoria University of Wellington. A GPA of 7.5 or greater (on a 9 point scale), first class honours or Master’s grade and demonstration of proficiency in English are essential.

Contacts and next steps

Please apply to our Postgraduate Coordinator Dr Alison Daines ferrierPGC@vuw.ac.nz. When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:
* All degree certificates and transcripts (undergraduate AND postgraduate MSc—officially translated into English where necessary)
* Detailed CV
* Details of 2 academic referees

* A statement of your research interests

Selection process

The successful recipient will be selected by the Ferrier Research Institute Scholarship panel.

Conditions

The recipient will need to sign a Victoria University of Wellington Research Scholarship contract and a confidentiality agreement


PhD Scholarship – Ferrier Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

The Ferrier Research Institute currently has funding available for a PhD scholarship. The Institute has established a world-class reputation in nature-inspired synthetic carbohydrate chemistry and analysis and has extended its expertise into the areas of synthetic and chemical biology, chemical immunology, and natural product isolation. We investigate issues related to our health, wellbeing, and the sustainability of our environment. More about the research undertaken at the Ferrier Research Institute can be found here.

This position will carry an annual stipend of $30,500 for 3 years and cover full student fees and levies. The Institute is split between Gracefield in Lower Hutt and Kelburn in central Wellington, New Zealand and so the PhD candidate must be in New Zealand or able to get across the border to New Zealand to carry out this study. The applicant must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at Victoria University of Wellington. A GPA of 7.5 or greater (on a 9 point scale), first class honours or Master’s grade and demonstration of proficiency in English are essential.

If you are interested in applying or finding out more, please send your CV, academic transcripts, and the names of at least two academic referees, along with a statement of your research interests to ferrierpgc@vuw.ac.nz.


The generation of new Penicillin variants — Funded PhD project

Project outline

A PhD scholarship is available to synthesise and formulate new penicillin variants and examine their properties. It will involve the design and multi-step chemical synthesis of targets using techniques such as anhydrous reaction conditions, column chromatography, NMR, MS and HPLC. An appreciation of good practice health and safety and record keeping are essential. The candidate will receive full training and guidance through all aspects of the project.

The work will be based at the Ferrier Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, supervised by Dr Phillip Rendle and be in collaboration with Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu at the University of Otago Wellington. The PhD candidate must be in New Zealand or able to get to New Zealand to carry out this study. We especially welcome Māori or Pasifika applicants.

The candidate will hold a BSc (Hons) or MSc in organic or medicinal chemistry, synthetic drug discovery or a related discipline with significant practical organic chemistry experience and will be enthusiastic and passionate about research.

To apply: Please contact Dr Rendle (via ferrierpgc@vuw.ac.nz) to explain your interest in this project and how this relates to your previous experience. Please include a copy of your CV, academic transcript, and the names of three referees.

Funding Notes

The applicant must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at Victoria University of Wellington. A GPA of 7.5 or greater (on a 9 point scale), first class honours or Master’s grade and demonstration of proficiency in English are essential. The PhD scholarship provides tuition fees and a tax-free personal allowance of NZ$30,500 per annum for three years. International candidates receive the same package as New Zealand residents provided they reside in New Zealand for the duration of the project and study under a New Zealand student visa.