University of Otago Postgraduate Scholarship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (closes 28 October)

The Postgraduate Scholarship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology was established as a Faculty of Medicine Scholarship in 2004 with funds provided from the New Zealand Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society.  These funds, first gifted in 1931, had initially provided travel scholarships when postgraduate training in the discipline was commonly carried out overseas.  The establishment of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG) in 1998 meant that postgraduate training towards membership of RANZCOG became commonly undertaken in New Zealand, and this led to the initial amendments to the scholarship, with overseas travel no longer required.  The scholarship was further amended to remove restrictions on part-time study in 2014.  

The Scholarship is intended to provide support for Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainees to carry out research in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women’s Health whilst enrolled at the University of Otago for a graduate research degree, such as a Master of Medical Science or Doctor of Philosophy.  It is desirable, but not compulsory, that the research be carried out at the University of Otago.

1. The Scholarship is open to medical graduates who will normally be Registrars undertaking the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG) Integrated Training Programme or are Members or Fellows of the College.

2. The Scholarship is primarily to assist the holder to carry out research in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Women’s Health whilst enrolled for a research degree, e.g., MMedSc or PhD.

3. It is desirable, but not compulsory, that the research be carried out at the University of Otago.

4. The value of the scholarship is $25,000 stipend per annum, plus tuition fees (up to a maximum of $9000) and is tenable for one year commencing February 2023.

5. Applicants are required to provide the following information:

• Name and address (work and private)

• Qualifications with dates

• Current position

• Previous professional experience

• Names of three referees

• Outline of the planned research, and name of the qualification in which they intend to enrol

• Proposed future training or research plans related to the pursuit of work in Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Women’s Health.

Eligibility

Applications are open to students who:

 Medical graduates (normally Registrars enrolled in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Integrated Training Programme, or Members or Fellows of the College).

and

 Enrolled in, or intending to enrol in a research Master’s degree or PhD, normally towards a topic in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Women’s Health.

Application Process

Every applicant must submit an application to the University of Otago Doctoral and Scholarships Office by the specified closing date.  Such application should include.

 A covering letter, detailing the proposed degree and a summary of the research the applicant plans to undertake.

 A brief Curriculum Vitae.

 The names of three referees who may be contacted to comment on the applicant’s suitability for the scholarship.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee, consisting of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine or their nominee (in the Chair), the Heads of Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from each of the University’s three main campuses or their nominees, a representative of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a representative of the New Zealand Medical Association, shall consider the following factors when awarding this scholarship:

 Academic ability and attainment.

 Research capability.

 The merit of the proposed research.

Usually, one scholarship will be offered per year, however more than one scholarship may be offered in any year if funds permit.  The Selection Committee reserve the right to not make an offer in any year if applications are deemed of insufficient quality.

Financial Arrangements

 The scholarship is set at $25,000 stipend per annum, plus tuition fees (up to a maximum of $9000) per annum.

 If the applicant withdraws from study or submits their thesis for examination, payments shall cease.

Tenure

 The scholarship is for one (equivalent full-time) year only. A recipient studying towards a doctoral degree may apply for a second or third year of support however preference in selection decisions will normally be given to new applicants.

 The scholarship may only be held part-time with approval from the Selection Committee.  When held part-time the stipend will be paid at the part-time equivalent rate of $12,500 per annum, and tuition fees will be paid to a maximum of $4,500 per annum.  In the case of part-time enrolment, the scholarship will normally have tenure of two years.

 The scholarship may not be held concurrently with other University of Otago scholarships without approval from the Selection Committee.

Other Requirements

Each Scholarship recipient must:

 Provide a report on progress to the Chair of the Selection Committee at the end of their year of tenure (one year for full-time candidates, two years for part-time candidates);

 Agree to be reasonably available to participate in interviews and promotional activities if requested by the University of Otago.

 Acknowledge receipt of the scholarship in any publications arising out of work conducted during the tenure of the award.

 The Selection Committee may, at its discretion, terminate or suspend the scholarship for what is considered grave cause.

Preliminary information and advice may be obtained from the Head of any Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Otago Faculty of Medicine:

Associate Professor Mike Stitely

Section of Obstetrics& Gynaecology

Dept. of Women’s & Children’s Health

Otago Medical School

PO Box 56

DUNEDIN 9054

michael.stitely@otago.ac.nz

Dr Joanna Gullam

Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology,

Christchurch Women’s Hospital,

Division of Health Scienced,

University of Otago,

Private Bag 4711

CHRISTCHURCH 8140

joanna.gullam@otago.ac.nz

Associate Professor Sara Filoche

Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

University of Otago, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences

PO Box 7343

WELLINGTON SOUTH 6242

sara.filoche@otago.ac.nz

Applications should be sent to Donna Robson, Section of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Department of Women’s & Children’s Health, Dunedin School of Medicine, PO Box 913, Dunedin, or email og.admin@otago.ac.nz Applications close on Friday 28 October 2022.