Summer Research Scholarships

Summer Research Scholarships

Summer Research Scholarships 2017/2018

Researchers may now apply for summer project funding!

Precision Driven Health will sponsor ten student projects to take place in summer 2017/2018. Grants gave each student $5500 tax-free for a ten-week project between November 2017 and March 2018.

Applications may be submitted by researchers to secure available funding from PDH. Researchers may recruit their own students, subject to PDH approval.


Project applications were due from researchers by 31 July 2017.
Decisions will be advised by 31 August 2017.
Students need to agree to their project, and be approved by PDH, no later than 15 October 2017. 
Research can take place between November 2017 and March 2018. 


1. Applications should be submitted by the researcher who will act as the student's supervisor during the term of the project.

2. The researcher must be from one or more of the following institutions. If the researcher is not a staff member at a participating academic institution, they must nominate a co-supervisor from an academic institution for the purposes of administering the student's project.

Academic institutions

  • Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  • Massey University
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Otago
  • University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington

Other institutions

  • Auckland DHB
  • Canterbury DHB
  • Counties Manukau DHB
  • Orion Health
  • Waitemata DHB

3. The student must have completed at least three years of study, and still be enrolled at one of the academic institutions listed above.

4. The student and the academic supervisor/co-supervisor must be from the same institution.

5. The student must have a GPA of at least a 6.0 in their four best papers of the most recently-completed year.

Project scope

Proposed projects should utilise available data to improve health outcomes in a way which has potential for commercialisation. If you wish to discuss a potential project topic, please contact PDH at

Applications must describe the project's approach, potential health, commercial, and scientific impacts, data availability, ethical requirements, and Māori advancement within the application form.

Expected commitments

The student and supervisor are expected to:

  • Meet together regularly,
  • Ensure research progress and outputs are documented regularly and to a high standard,
  • Submit periodic progress reports to PDH during the summer,
  • Submit a final report to PDH following completion of the project,
  • Attend PDH's summer research events (such as an initial welcome event and a final presentation day) wherever possible, and
  • Provide suitable material for PDH marketing such as images and text about the project.

Application process

Supervisors submitted an application for summer project funding using this form. Please note that the time period for supervisor applications has now passed.

Upon successful funding of a summer project, PDH will ask supervisors to submit information about their desired student including the student’s academic performance.

Appendix – More detailed regulations

1. The Scholarships are known as the Precision Driven Health Summer Research Scholarships. 

2. The Summer Research Scholarships provide a tax-free stipend of $5,500 and are payable within the period of 
December to March inclusive. Stipends are payable through the host academic organisation, according to their terms. The final $1,000 of this stipend will be paid to the student in one lump sum when a final report is accepted and signed off by Precision Driven Health.

The host academic institution receives an additional fee of $1,000 ex GST for administering the student project.

4. Students may be required to enrol in specific courses at their host institution.

5. The Scholarships are tenable by domestic and international students. 

6. Eligible applicants will be assessed by a selection committee governed by Precision Driven Health; The selection will be based on 
- The alignment of the proposed project with Precision Driven Health, and
- The quality of the proposed project plan, and the likelihood of its success.

7. Following approval of a proposal, supervisor recommendations for the student undertaking the Summer Research Scholarship will be assessed by a selection committee governed by Precision Driven Health, specifically around the academic merit of the student.

8. By accepting a scholarship, the student and supervisor agree to the terms set out in the Master Research Agreement between Precision Driven Health and the host organisation. Please check with your research contracts office for details.

9. Successful supervisors and students will be required to observe the research plan and frequency of meetings as agreed at the start of the project; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the Scholarship.