Take a summer studentship in Dunedin, New Zealand

By Grant Jacobs 06/07/2011

Genetics Otago, the regional genetics cluster of the Otago province, is offering an international summer studentship. Usually five internal summer studentships are offered. This year a single international studentship is up for one lucky student.

You want to be in to win, right?!

Looking south over the town from Signal Hill (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)
Looking south over the town from Signal Hill (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)

Here’s what the promotional flyer has to say (update – this and more information is now available on-line at the Genetics Otago website):

Available for a 10 week period between November 2011 and March 2012, this opportunity to study at the internationally respected University of Otago provides return airfares to Dunedin, New Zealand, accommodation and a NZ$5,000 stipend.

Topics of study include: evolutionary genetics; microbial genetics; human genetics; law, ethics and emerging technologies; developmental genetics; genomics; applied genetics.

Applications using the attached form should be made to: sophia.mckay@otago.ac.nz Closing date: 16th September 2011

Dunedin is a university town with most students living within walking distance of the campus, which itself is within walking distance of the town centre and sporting venues. The area surrounding the town is scenic and has plenty of opportunities for walking, hanging out on beaches, surfing and whatnot. (We’re not Australia, though: don’t expect 30˚C heat for days on end!) There’s penguins, albatrosses and sea lions to see too! The banner photo for my blog at the top of the page is looking down into Dunedin Harbour from the Otago Peninsula.

Satellite photo of Dunedin (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)
Satellite photo of Dunedin. The beaches can be seen as the gentle arcs on the coastline. The city is the grey area at the head of the harbour. (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)

More information about the area and the university is on the University of Otago web pages, the Dunedin, New Zealand website, wikipedia and the city council website. (I know the last might seem unexpected, but when reviewing places overseas I try check the local council websites, they sometimes have useful practical information others sites lack.)

Feel free to ask any questions about the town or university in the comments.


As this is for the New Zealand summer, it may clash with course schedule in the northern hemisphere – ?

Although you should probably email Sophia, I have a copy of the application form too. (Use the contact page above.)

(Updated to add further links [below] that I left out… and to add link to web page at the Genetics Otago website [not present at the time I filed this post])

Some articles on Code for life with a Dunedin angle:

Local documentaries: NZ bats, Dunedin stadium and 1080

Map shows New Zealand with lowest death rate on earth in 1856, over 11 in 1000 dying

Monday potpourri: maps, malaria in the USA, cholera in Dunedin and vaccines

Book sales, frumpy readers, and mental rotation of book titles

Local book: The Story of the Dunedin Botanical Garden

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