Funded PhD opportunities

View the range of funded study opportunities available to postgraduate students in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.

Potential research projects for postgraduate students

The School of Chemical and Physical Sciences offers support and funding to PhD candidates who wish to study in a range of areas. Read about the positions available—who you could work with, how much money you could receive, and how to apply.

Compare at a glance

Research title Funding informationRequirements

Insect odorant receptor electronic sensors

Stipend of NZ$35,000 per year, plus PhD tuition fees for three years. Funded via the Marsden FundPhysics or electrical engineering degree equivalent to the 4-year BSc (Honours) degree in New Zealand with 1st class Honours, or an MSc or postgraduate diploma
Intracluster medium of galaxy clusters Stipend of NZD $27,500 per year, plus payment of all university tuition fees Strong background in astronomy and/or general physics
Light and chirality at the nanoscale: T-matrix modelling of particles and molecules Funded for 3 years Strong background in general physics, particularly modern optics, electromagnetism, and spectroscopy
Novel metallurgical production of low-cost hydrogen storage alloys

The PhD scholarship will include tuition fees and a stipend of $30,000 p.a. (tax-free) for three years.

The applicant should hold a science degree equivalent to a 1st class 4-year New Zealand BSc(Honours) degree or MSc, in Materials Science/Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or
equivalent.

Optics-based distributed magnetic field and temperature sensorA stipend of $22,000 per year, as well as payment of all university tuition feesA degree in Physics with high grades
Protein biochemistryStipend of NZ$35,000 per year, plus the PhD tuition fee for three years. Funded via the Marsden FundMaster’s degree in Biochemistry with a strong background in standard molecular biology techniques and protein biochemistry
Topological insulator nanoparticlesStipend of NZ$33,000 per year, for three years, plus payment of all university tuition fees1st class Honours, or an MSc or postgraduate diploma with a grade point average over 3.6
Ultra high density 3D fluorescent optical memoryStipend of $33,000 per year for 3 years, as well as payment of all university tuition feesA degree equivalent to the 4-year Physics (Honours) degree in New Zealand, with 1st class Honours, or an MSc or postgraduate diploma with high grades
Ultrafast spectroscopy of rapid exciton diffusion in fused-ring electron acceptors Stipend of NZ$27,500 per year plus PhD tuition fees for three years 1st class Honours, MSc, or postgraduate diploma in Chemistry or Physics