LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowships for Developing Countries, 2018

Deadline: 30 June 2018
Open to: emerging scientist from developing countries
Fellowship: fully funded


The Postdoctoral Fellowship provides funds for an emerging scientist from a developing country to complete a research project in New Zealand in an area aligned with livestock greenhouse gas mitigation.

The Fellowship must be spent in New Zealand. It is for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of two years and must be started within one year of the award being granted.


To be eligible for the Postdoctoral Fellowship, you must:

  • Have gained a PhD in the last 5 years;
  • Be a high achieving researcher (supported by academic transcripts, letters of recommendation and publishing record);
  • Be employed in an area of research aligned with livestock greenhouse gas mitigation in your home country;
  • Have the support of your employer to apply for the Fellowship;
  • Have a mentor in a New Zealand research organisation (host);
  • Be resident in a developing country as defined by the OECD list of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) recipients: http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm;
  • Satisfy New Zealand Government requirements for international entry into New Zealand;
  • Be able to speak and understand English to a level sufficient to function in a research role.


Funding is available for:

  • Up to NZD $ 50,000 (around 29282 EUR) per year for a maximum of two years to cover living expenses while in New Zealand (pro rata to be calculated on time spent in New Zealand);
  • Up to NZD $ 5,000 (around 2928 EUR) will be provided for return economy class airfares and travel/medicalinsurance;
  • Up to NZD $ 5,00 (around 292 EUR) will be provided to assist with research costs associated with the project.

Note that the Fellowship can be flexible to allow for multiple shorter stays in New Zealand.

The minimum duration at any one time in New Zealand is six months, and there must be at least two visits to New Zealand in a two year award period. Funds will be made available subject to the approval of a detailed budget, including evidence of estimated costs, and subject to evidence being provided of employment at your home organisation.

All funds will be administered through the New Zealand host organisation. Once an award has been granted, it is the applicant’s responsibility to work with the New Zealand host organisation to make arrangements for travel, accommodation, insurance and any other logistical requirements.

The Ministry for Primary Industries reserves the right to review the eligibility requirements at any time and in exceptional circumstances award fellowships to applicants who do not meet all the requirements.

How to Apply?

There is a two-stage application process. The New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) administers the LEARN awards on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Applicants must first submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) to to determine eligibility. If eligibility is confirmed, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application to be considered by an assessment panel and Ministry for Primary Industries.

An EOI for a Postdoctoral Fellowship can be submitted at any time during the year, however full applications must be submitted by 30 June (New Zealand time).

For more information please visit the official website.