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Rei Foundation PhD Scholarships, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago

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    Applications are invited for two 3-year Rei Foundation Doctoral Scholarships at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago (Dunedin, NZ) for study beginning in 2019.


    The NCPACS is New Zealand’s first Centre to combine global cross-disciplinary expertise on the issues of non-violence, development, peacebuilding and conflict transformation. It offers postgraduate programmes at the Masters and PhD level; conducts high-level research on the causes of violent conflict and the conditions for sustainable peace; and provides training, evaluation expertise, and expert advice to government and non-governmental organizations engaged in humanitarian intervention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. It is a postgraduate theory, research and practice centre, located within the Division of Humanities. Our aim is to provide PhD graduates with the most advanced theoretical insight into the origins and management of violent conflict as well as skills for dealing with that in their future academic or practical work. Our regional foci are Aotearoa -New Zealand, Oceania, East and Southeast Asia.

    Applicants must have a practice and/or policy background and a commitment to pursuing projects that build on the following existing strengths of the Centre after graduation:

    • Nonviolent Movements and Pacifism
    • Development and Peacebuilding
    • Post Conflict Reconstruction: Transitional Justice, Reconciliation and Social Healing
    • Peace Education
    • Critical Peace Studies
    • Arms Control and Disarmament
    • Intergroup Relations and Trust
    • Social-Psychological Dimension of Peace and Conflict

    A minimum of two years work experience in the fields of conflict/peace related issues is required for applicants to be eligible for this scholarship. All successful applicants will be encouraged to be sensitive to the political realities of marginalized populations and those who experience disadvantage within the framework of their thesis.

    Applications are particularly welcome from students traditionally under-represented in higher education, such as Indigenous students, students with disabilities, and students from the global south.

    The scholarships will be funded through the University of Otago and provide an annual stipend of NZ$25,000 for up to 36 months (3 years). Please note the scholarships will also cover tuition fees.

    The scholarships are available to both International and Domestic students. If you are interested in applying please send an email with ‘RFL/NCPACS PhD Scholarships 2019-2021’ in the subject line to the email address given below.

    Please attach to your email the following items:

    • an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae,
    • copies of relevant academic transcripts,
    • a research proposal 5-10 pages in length,
    • two letters of reference,
    • evidence of your practice and/or policy background.
    • Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your email/application

    Applications can be forwarded to:

    The Centre Manager, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

    Tel +64 3 479 4546



    Applications close: Friday 7 September 2018

    We are looking for applications from all over the world in order to ensure that our Centre reflects the expansive diversity of our global community. I urge anyone who meets the academic and practice requirements for admission to the PhD programme to apply and look forward to welcoming the successful candidates into the programme in 2019.

    Professor Richard Jackson
    Director, NCPACS

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