Support for PhD Students - Psychology - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Support for PhD Students

Department Support for Doctoral Students

Doctoral students are normally provided with:

  • office space (shared)
  • desktop computer (with an ethernet connection)
  • access to travel money for conferences (over three years)
  • ability to obtain tutoring/research assistant positions

Selecting a Topic and Finding a Supervisor

  • University regulations require both a supervisor and co-supervisor
  • Academic staff generally like to accommodate students' interests where possible but you should not expect staff to supervise topics outside their domains of expertise.
  • Ethics Committee approval is usually required.

Preparation and Submission of a Research Proposal

  • All doctoral theses proposals are reviewed by the Departmental Research Committee. The aim of this review process is to enhance the overall quality of research conducted by students in the Department.
  • The Department endavaours to provide money to cover requirements of the thesis but some financial restraints may be necessary
  • Funding assistance for a PhD thesis will normally be between $400 and $2,500. There is no automatic right to this funding.
  • An indication of the types of funding allowed are:
    • photocopying (estimate of what is required to be included in the budget)
    • preparation of safety equipment
    • legitimate printing and postage costs
    • legitimate travel costs
    • modest incentives for participants
    • technical and programming services

Conference Travel

There are various outlets for assisting Doctoral students in attending conferences.

  • Details of Conference scholsarhips are obtainable from the Scholarships Office.
  • If sufficient funds are available, the Department endeavours to subsidise PhD students to attend conferences at which they present a paper.
    • the normal contribution available to PhD students is determined each year to attend overseas or national conferences during one’s tenure as a PhD student. This amount can be used to attend 1 or more conference.
  • Details of the application process and associated forms are available from our website

Employment Opportunities

Many employment opportunities are available in the Department, including:

  • research assistants
  • part-time teaching assistant (teaching fellow, tutor, lab assistant, demonstrator, marker)
  • guest lecturing
  • test/exam writer
  • casual work