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Postgraduate Students

One of the Maurice Wilkins Centre's goals is to support talented postgraduate students throughout New Zealand, whose work may help find new ways to tackle major human diseases.

The multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of Maurice Wilkins Centre research provides an excellent training environment for the young scientists and students who are our future science leaders. Emerging scientists like these are invited to join the Centre as affiliate investigators.

PhD student support

The Centre supports a large cohort of PhD and MSc students within its associated research groups by providing funds for stipends, working expenses and travel, as well as opportunities to access specialised research equipment and facilities. Its students work on cutting-edge scientific projects, from developing new drugs for immunosuppression or tuberculosis, to mapping genes involved in cancer. The first Maurice Wilkins Centre PhD students graduated in 2008 and in 2018 the Centre provided full or partial scholarships for 23 PhD students. 

Flexible Research Seeding Programme


The Centre’s Flexible Research Seeding Programme, available to its investigators, helps seed ground-breaking early-stage projects that are collaborative, multidisciplinary and develop new lines of research. The aim is to spark new projects that will grow into highly innovative and sustainable research programmes. Over the last five years the scheme has supported more than 100 projects involving investigators around the country.

Much of the programme is earmarked to support PhD scholarships and expenses for students . Other components of the programme available to the Centre’s postgraduate students help them to access advanced research equipment, and (since 2011) travel to international workshops and laboratories to train in cutting-edge technology and share with they learn with their New Zealand colleagues.

Future Science Day

The Centre’s annual Future Science Day, promotes networking and interdisciplinary understanding, and provides career advice for young scientists who are part of its network.

The most recent event, in late 2018was planned and run by the MWC Early Career Steering Committee, and gave selected emerging scientists the opportunity to present their research, network and get expert technical advice on issues related to their work.  They also ran the very successful poster session on the Thursday evening, when 50 posters of very high quality were presented. 

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Image: Future Science Day 2018