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Summer Studentships

Summer Studentships 2022/2023

Award value: $6,000 Max.

Applications open: 21 Jun 2022

Applications close: 23 Sep 2022

NZSSD is pleased to announce that it will support studentships for $6000 (incl. GST) for the 2022/2023 summer. Projects must be diabetes related and appropriate supervision needs to be provided by the host institution. The supervisor must have been a member of NZSSD since at least 1 January 2021 and employed by a university, public hospital or other institution in New Zealand. Supervisors are expected to find their own student if awarded the studentship. As such, supervisors should consider this before applying.

Applications should be a maximum of two A4 sides describing the background, aims, methods (including timeline) and significance of the project, and should be submitted to the NZSSD secretariat by 5pm Friday the 23 September 2022. References should ideally be included in the two pages, but may extend to a third page if required.

Key points to consider

  • The $6000 is a stipend to fund the student, and no additional funding from NZSSD is available for research costs.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by the 30 September 2022.
  • There will likely be a maximum of one studentship awarded per centre.
  • Projects that can feasibly be completed within 7-10 weeks will be prioritised for funding. Projects need to commence by 01 December 2022 and need to be completed by 31 March 2023.
  • Projects will also be prioritised if they align with NZSSD's stated objectives diabetes in New Zealand.
  • The findings of each studentship are expected to be presented at a NZSSD Annual Scientific Meeting. Ideally, the presentations should be given by the student and the cost of student conference registration will be covered by NZSSD. It is expected that the $6000 studentship will cover the travel costs to attend the meeting. Conference costs for supervisors will not be covered by NZSSD (though they may apply for a NZSSD travel grant if applicable).
  • Successful applicants must notify the NZSSD executive by the 31 October 2022 if they are unable to find an appropriate student. In this case, the studentship will be awarded to the next best application.
  • Successful applicants must also re-submit for approval if there is any change in the student, supervisor or project topic before using the funds.
  • Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that a comprehensive final report is generated from the research study for sharing on the NZSSD website. Guidelines for this will be provided to successful applicants, but in brief this should include authors, lay summary, background, methods, results and discussion / implications for practice, references (3-6 pages).
  • NZSSD should be acknowledged as a funder in all dissemination resulting from this summer research project, including presentations, reports and publications.
For further information about research grants please contact the NZSSD secretariat at

Grant or research-specific questions may also be directed to Assoc Prof Lynne Chepulis (

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