Post Graduate Fellowship for Wool Industry in New Zealand

Post Graduate Fellowship for Wool Industry

Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand Inc and New Zealand Wool Industry Charitable Trust scholarships support people undertaking qualifications that allow them to pursue a career in the wool processing, manufacturing and marketing industries and in related service industries such as research and development.

Wool Industry Postgraduate Scholarship Details

Scholarships are offered to people who have achieved an excellent academic record, possess good interpersonal skills and have a passion for undertaking a career in the textile sector with a focus on wool based products, or contributing to the development of knowledge and new products based on use of New Zealand wool as a raw material.

Scholars will be assisted to undertake doctoral studies that support the sustainable development of the New Zealand wool industry. Priority is on research being undertaken in areas post farm gate. Financial support will be provided and contacts with New Zealand wool processors will be facilitated.

Consideration will be given to applications for study at any New Zealand university and may include linkages with New Zealand organisations undertaking research into wool and related products. In particular a focus of each Scholarship is to support research at the AgResearch Ltd Lincoln Research Centre, which is located near Christchurch in the South Island ( see www.agresearch.co.nz/science/textiles.asp ). The textile group is the leading international textile research group.

While the degree will be supervised by an appropriate member of a New Zealand university it is likely that an industry person will be appointed as an external supervisor.

Up to two Scholarships are offered annually. The Funders may also offer a Postdoctoral Fellowship. They reserve the right to award either or both awards, or no awards in any one year.

Wool Industry Postgraduate Fellowship Eligibility

Applications are invited from citizens of any nationality who have a passion for undertaking a career in the textile sector with a focus on wool-based products or contributing to the development of knowledge and new products using New Zealand wool as a raw material. Preference will be given to those who seek a career in New Zealand in a field associated with wool or with an offshore entity involved in using New Zealand wool such as research and development, manufacturing or marketing.

Applicants must enrol for full-time studies in a New Zealand university leading to a doctoral degree, but prior discussion with Ian Cuthbertson on choice of university is required. Applicants who are New Zealand citizens will be encouraged to also seek additional funding from Government or alternative sources in a partnership funding arrangement. This will be discussed with applicants at the time of application.
Wool Industry Postgraduate Fellowship Scholarship benefits


Successful doctoral applicants will receive a stipend of NZ$25,000 per annum for up to three years, with an additional payment of NZ$4,000 per annum for research costs. In addition the annual course fee required by the host tertiary education provider will be met, and up to $3,000 for reimbursement of conference attendance costs over the life of the scholarship. All payments are on a GST inclusive basis. Supplementary research expenses will be considered, where required, on an individual application basis.

Wool Industry Postgraduate Fellowship Application form and process

Priority is now being given to applications that are directly or indirectly associated with companies involved in the NZ Wool Industry in the expectation that the studies will provide positive value to one or more commercial enterprises rather than being purely academic exercises. Again this may be either post graduate studies, or a research fellowship. To confirm whether opportunities are available contact :

Ian Cuthbertson,
Research and Scholarships Manager,
Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand Inc and New Zealand Wool Industry Charitable Trust Scholarship Programme,
PO Box 7271,
Sydenham, Christchurch 8022,
New Zealand,
Phone : +64 3 337 2030,
Fax :     +64 3 3372032,
Email : scholarships@woolresearch.com

Wool Industry Postgraduate Fellowship Selection process

The scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of a Wool Fellowship and Scholarship Selection Committee.

  • Academic merit of both the candidate and of the proposed project
  • The value of the study to the New Zealand wool industry, at any point along the value chain, and the likely contribution that the person’s training will add to the industry
  • Evidence of and / or planned activity to support the New Zealand wool industry
  • Agreement to attend a one or two-day seminar and participate in visits to New Zealand wool processors to improve understanding of the wool and related sectors
  • Agreement to contribute to the development and promotion of New Zealand wool industry ( eg school promotional visits, career days etc. )
  • Agreement not to accept any other scholarships without prior discussion.