New Zealand: MSc Scholarship

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Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and Victoria University of Wellington are offering a Master of Science
(MSc) scholarship in the field of molecular systematics at Victoria
University. The purpose of the award is to promote research between Te
Papa and Victoria University in the area of molecular systematics,
ecology and evolution.

An MSc degree
at Victoria University is undertaken over two years (Parts 1 and 2) and
involves four courses worth equal marks, plus a research thesis worth
60% of the total. The Te Papa-VUW scholarship provides the successful
applicant with a student stipend of $4000 in part 1 (2009) and $6000 in
part 2 (2010). The project offered in 2009-2010 will be a molecular
systematic investigation of the New Zealand species of Pseudopanax
(Araliaceae) or Gleichenia (Gleicheniaceae), or another
project to be determined. The thesis research will involve the DNA
sequencing of chloroplast and nuclear genes, with complementary
morphological analyses, and will address phylogenetic questions such as
the relationships between species and generic boundaries, as well as
issues of biogeography and species-delimitation. The ideal applicant
will have completed a BSc degree and have an interest in New Zealand
plants and molecular phylogenetic techniques.


For more information about the thesis project or studying towards an
MSc degree at Victoria University contact: Dr Leon Perrie (e-mail:
leonp[at] ), Dr Heidi Meudt
(e-mail: heidim[at], or Dr Peter Ritchie (e-mail: Peter.Ritchie[at]

For information about the School of Biological Sciences and a copy of the post-graduate prospectus visit

Applications are lodged through the Scholarships Office, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand.

E-mail: Scholarships-Office[at]

Tel +64-4-463 5113/5557

Visit the web site for an application form and instructions:

Applications close on 1 November 2008

Selection will be based on academic merit and short listed applicants may be required to participate in a telephone interview.


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