The Canterbury Branch of the Royal Society has been proud to support a
variety of awards relating to fostering an interest in and assisting
the careers of young people in science.
See below for the Guidelines for the Travel and Research Awards.
Reports from previous beneficiaries of the RSNZCB awards can be accessed
via the links at the left, as can information on Science Fair Awards.
For many years the Canterbury Branch of the Royal Society of New
Zealand has made travel awards to young scientists to present their work
at conferences. The Branch's resources are limited, the awards have not
been large, but have assisted applicants in personal scientific
research projects, and have enabled many to present the results of their
studies at conferences, both in New Zealand and overseas.
The Student Travel Awards scheme currently operates on a monthly
basis from February to November. Applications for consideration should
reach the branch by the first of each month. Applicants will be notified
around the middle of the month after the monthly council meeting. Funds
will be distributed among applicants up to the indicated maximum
Guidelines (Revised July 2016)
- Awards are regarded as Grants-in-Aid to assist New Zealand
citizens*, in particular those unable to obtain significant assistance
from other sources. Awards are not normally available for the
presentation of research associated with full-time employment.
- Awards are normally made to young scientists based at a tertiary
institution in Canterbury, New Zealand who are engaged in thesis work
and will present their results at scientific meetings. In some cases
this can include students completing their final year of a Bachelors
Honours degree, e.g. BSc(Hons), BE (Hons), BAgSc(Hons).
also be available where an opportunity becomes available during the
course of study (but not when planned at the commencement of the study)
for a student to visit a research institution or similar that would
benefit the applicants thesis research
- Travel awards will normally be not more than $250 for New Zealand conferences, $500 for Australia/South Pacific and $1000
for other countries including Perth, Australia. If an award has been
granted previously then a $1000 "lifetime" maximum will normally be
- If there is a significant shortfall between the total of grants
received and the costs of travel a supplemental amount up to 50% of the
amount awarded may be granted. The extra amount will help towards 60% of
costs but not more. This supplement is generally available to
those without significant other support for their study. This may be
applied for when all grants and costs are known by the applicant who
should then contact the awards subcommittee with appropriate details.
- No award will be made for an application directly relating to logistic support for thesis study.
- Applications should be made at least 4 weeks in advance of the conference. Deadlines will be the 8th of each month. Decisions will usually be made within a month of each deadline.
*Proof of Citizenship is required with the application, a
scan or photocopy of the photo page of you passport is sufficient. If
you are not travelling internationally and don’t have a passport then
please contact us for advice.
Download the Guidelines and Application form (Word 50kb or PDF 132kb)
and Mail or Email (preferred) to the Travel Awards Sub-Committee,
Canterbury Branch RSNZ, PO Box 8558, Riccarton, Christchurch Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science Promotion Grants
In addition to Travel Awards, the Canterbury Branch of the Royal
Society of New Zealand will from time to time make small Research and
Science Promotion Grants. These are intended to encourage the promotion
of Canterbury Science by funding small research and educational
projects. The total amount that is granted each year will be dependent
of the funding available to the branch
Guidelines (Revised October 2011)
- Awards are regarded as Grants-in-Aid to assist, in particular, those
unable to obtain significant assistance from other sources.
- Applications can be in any field of science (including medicine),
should be for purposes consistent with the objects of the branch as
stated in our constitution: “to advance and promote science, technology
and philosophy” and have a Canterbury connection.
- Typically grants will be no more than $1000 but higher applications may be considered on their merits.
- Awards are intended for one-off projects and maybe for small items
of equipment but not for large items of capital expenditure. They not
intended to be used to support ongoing costs or as a contribution to
institutional running costs. However, awards may be made to institutions
for a particular purpose.
- Grants may be made for conference prizes. Examples may be departmental student conferences or national organizations holding and annual conference in Christchurch
Conditions of Awards
- Awards may only be used for the purpose stated in the application, or as
otherwise agreed by the RSNZ Canterbury Branch.
- A report suitable for publication in the Branch Newsletter, covering the
project or recipients will be submitted at the completion of the project.
In considering whether to make an application a potential applicant
should contact the branch secretary with a short summary (no more than
half a page) to ascertain whether funding is available and the procedure
to make a more formal application (which may depend on the nature of
In recent years, grants have been made to:
Cotter Medical Trust: Contribution to Microscope collection purchase
Bush Telly: Stand at Ellerslie Garden Show (with natural science emphasis)
Prof Mike Roche/Canterbury University Press: Publication of Prof. Jobberens
Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust: to support their research (of a speaker we had)
Earlier projects to gain support:
Publication of a book an Canterbury caving
Support for the Rutherford Pickering Memorial in Havelock