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Past and present CRC PhD students in Hobart.
Past and present CRC PhD students in Hobart.
Release date
23 Jul 2018
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Dr John Bates
Research Director

New Zealand PhDs needed

If you would like to study natural hazards in New Zealand and would like to develop and enhance your research skills, then you could be eligible for new scholarship opportunities.

In partnership with Fire and Emergency New Zealand, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is offering two PhD scholarships for New Zealand-based researchers.

These important PhDs will focus on priority areas for natural hazards science in New Zealand, said CRC Research Director Dr John Bates.

“Specifically studying public information and community engagement during natural hazards, the two scholarships are a fantastic opportunity for students wanting to further their research career and make a real difference, with the topic areas identified by Fire and Emergency New Zealand as priorities for further knowledge,” Dr Bates explained.

Each scholarship will cover research in one of two areas.

Priority research area one - Understanding the need for, availability of, and interpretation of information by the public during large scale hazard events (e.g. wildfires, floods, earthquakes).

Priority research area two - Building community engagement to support behaviour change, leading to improved fire safety and community resilience.

“Students will engage with the CRC’s knowledge network to enhance their expertise, skills and participate in events across Australia and New Zealand,” Dr Bates said.

Successful applicants will need to enrol in a New Zealand university where they will engage with an industry supervisor, build knowledge on how their research can be utilised and learn how to best present their research to communities.

Funding is available for three and a half years, with applications open until 31 August.

Successful applicants will need to be available to commence their studies before 1 December 2018.

More information and application forms are available on our education page.

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