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.

The Fellowship does NOT support conference visits.

Eligibility Requirements

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:
  • 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 per year for a maximum of two years to cover living expenses while inNew Zealand (pro rata to be calculated on time spent in New Zealand).
  • Up to NZD$5,000 will be provided for return economy class airfares and travel/medicalinsurance.
  • Up to NZD$5,000 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. This information is requested at the full application stage (see below).

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. Forms can be downloaded from here. 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).

Full Application Process

Full applications for the Postdoctoral Fellowship are assessed annually each July. The full application process is as follows:

  1. Develop a proposal and budget for the postdoctoral research project in close collaboration with the New Zealand host organization. The budget should include supporting evidence of all associated costs.
  2. Complete all sections of the application form in English.
  3. Sign and date the declaration.
  4. Collect and attach any supporting documents as stipulated on the application form.
  5. Send completed application documents to the New Zealand host organization.
  6. The New Zealand host organization must submit the application and supporting documentation to NZAGRC by 30 June of the year the application is to be assessed.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application is assessed by an independent panel of technical and scientific experts appointed by Ministry for Primary Industries. The assessment panel considers:

  • The science quality and feasibility of the proposed research project.
  • Alignment with known scientific priorities and profile of the applicant’s home organization and the New Zealand host organization.
  • The extent to which the project will create enduring collaborations between New Zealand and the home country.
  • The extent to which the project will contribute to building capability in livestock greenhouse gas research in the home organisation and country.

Taking into account the panel’s recommendations, the Ministry for Primary Industries then assesses the application’s ‘fit’ with the objectives of the GRA and other Ministry for Primary Industries objectives and priorities before making its funding decision.

The contract will be signed by the applicant, New Zealand host organisation, the applicant’s home organisation and the NZAGRC.

Information for Applicants

Applicants must:

  • Not apply for permanent residency or citizenship in New Zealand during the award period.
  • Not simultaneously hold other fellowships or scholarships.
  • Follow the rules and regulations of their host organisation.
  • Undergo a full medical examination for visa purposes if required.
  • Undertake to return to their home country for at least 12 months after completion of the award period.

An award shall lapse in the event that the successful applicant fails to arrive in New Zealand by the contract start date (this may be extended in consultation with NZAGRC in exceptional circumstances).

Successful applicants will be expected to have some funds at their disposal to cover initial living allowances for their first month in post.

More Information

For information on New Zealand’s science priorities on livestock emissions research, see:

For more information on the GRA, see:

For more information on the Ministry for Primary Industries see:

Also, visit the official website of the LEARN Postdoctoral Fellowship For Emerging Scientist