The Postdoctoral Society offers Travel Grants, Publication Grants, and occasionally Sponsored Project grants to FMHS Postdoctoral researchers. See below for further details.

FMHS Postdoctoral Society Travel Grant Information

In February and June each year the PDS awards Travel Grants to post-doctoral researchers to assist their travel to conferences, workshops, and laboratory visits around New Zealand and the world. $1000 is given to awardees travelling internationally, and $500 to those travelling domestically.

Awardees are chosen based on the scientific merit of the meeting, the specific benefits associated with attending the meeting, and on the level of service contribution made to the University or Faculty during the past 12 months. Funding will go towards travel expenses, and must be claimed BEFORE the Christmas finance shut down date in December for meetings held between 1st July and 31st December 2018.

See here for Travel Grant Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The applicant must be employed by The University of Auckland or UniServices as a Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow or equivalent* at the time of application.
  2. The applicant must be the presenting author of an abstract to be presented at a scientific meeting or be attending a meeting or workshop that is of critical value to their scientific career.
  3. The applicant has not received a FMHS Postdoctoral Society Travel grant in the past 12 months (i.e. in the prior two FMHS Postdoctoral Society funding rounds).
    Preference will be given to applicants who are invited speakers or are combining multiple purposes into one trip.

*Please contact us if you are unsure of your eligibility

Travel dates for the June 2019 round: 1st July to 31st December 2019

Submission deadline: 5pm, 28th June 2019

Value: Up to $1,000 per person for international travel and up to $500 for domestic travel.

To apply: Complete the Travel Grant application form (available here) and send to

Congratulations to the recipients of Travel Grants in the Feb 2019 round, who each received $1000 for international travel

David Musson – SRF, Department of Medicine, to attend the EU meeting of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, Rhodes, Greece, May 2019.

Sian Williams – RF, Department of Surgery, to attend the 31st European Academy of Childhood Disability conference, Paris, France, May 2019.

Tina Gao – RF, School of Optometry and Vision Science, to attend the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, May 2019.

Chris Hedges – RF, Department of Nutrition, to attend the Gordon Research Conference on the IGF and Insulin System in Physiology and Disease, in California, USA, March 2019.

FMHS Postdoctoral Society Publication grants:
We offer awards to assist with costs associated with publishing manuscripts in scientific journals year round.

Value: Up to $1000 per publication

To apply: Complete the Publication Grant application form (available here) and send to

Sponsored Project grants
From time to time we offer sponsored project grants, so check this space regularly.

Congratulations to the recipients of Travel Grants in the June 2018 round, who each received $1000 for international travel and $500 each for domestic travel

  • Maria Kleinstäuber – RF, Dept of Psychological Medicine, to attend the 15th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Santiago, Chile, Nov 2018.
  • Amy Chapman – RF, Dept of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology, to attend Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA, Oct 2018.
  • Qi Chen – SRF, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, to attend the International Federation of Placental Associations 2018 annual meeting, Tokyo, Japan, Sep 2018.
  • Bobbi Laing – RF, School of Nursing, to attend the 2018 ISONG World Congress for the International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Florida, USA, Oct 2018.
  • Lisa Underwood – RF, School of Population Health, to attend the Tuberculosis Sclerosis Complex National Conference, Wellington, Sep 2018.
  • Rosie Dobson – RF, National Institute for Health Innovation, to attend the Health Informatics New Zealand 2018 Conference, Wellington, Nov 2018.
  • David Crossman – SRF, Dept of Physiology, to attend the New Zealand Medical Sciences Congress, Queenstown, August 2018.

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