Frank Evison Research Scholarship in Geophysics
History and purpose
The scholarship is in memory of Emeritus Professor Frank Evison who graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a BSc in Physics and an MA with Honours in Mathematics. He gained a PhD from the University of London. He joined the Geophysics Division of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research where he discovered coal-seam-guided S waves, which became known as Evison waves. In 1967 he was appointed inaugural Professor of Geophysics at the University, and from 1988 he remained active as an Emeritus Professor. Much of Professor Evison’s career was devoted to research about earthquake forecasting, which he continued until his death.
It was established in 2006 through a generous endowment by Professor Evison’s family which was matched, collectively, by the Earthquake Commission, GNS Science, the New Zealand Geophysical Society, and a range of private donors.
The purpose is for students at the Masters by Thesis or PhD level, with the objective of continuing work in the field led by Professor Evison. The focus is on long-term seismogenesis and long-range earthquake forecasting.
Who is Eligible?
- The scholarship is open to students at the Masters by Thesis or PhD level at Victoria University of Wellington, with their research focusing on a long-term seismogenesis and long-range earthquake forecasting.
- Applicants must be enrolled or intending to enrol in a Masters by Thesis or PhD at Victoria University of Wellington.
- Applicants research will focus on a long-term seismogenesis and long-range earthquake forecasting.
How do students apply?
All scholarship applications are submitted through Community Force.
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 4.30 pm on the closing date in order for the application to be considered.
Applications will normally open one month prior to the closing date. If no application link is provided below, check back again closer to the closing date. Contact us if you have any queries.
Scholarship specific documentation
- A statement outlining proposed research
- A CV
- Two references
The successful recipient will be selected by the Head of School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences and appropriate staff from the school.
Recipients must write a letter of thanks to the donor of this scholarship.
Regulations and conditions
- 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.
- 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.
- The Scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
- The Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards.
- 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.
- Recipients are expected to act as Ambassadors for Victoria University of Wellington and participate in appropriate events or marketing if requested.
- 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.