Visiting Scholars - College of Education, Health and Human Development - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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Emerging Academics: Visiting Scholar and Post-doctoral Positions


  • Visiting Scholars are usually at UC for a period of six months. Longer may be possible by arrangement.
  • Post-doctoral positions are usually for a 12 month period.
  • Application dates are as follows:
    1. Those wishing to be here from July/August/September are selected from applications received before 15 April of the year they wish to come.
    2. Those wishing to arrive in January/February/March should apply by 15 October the year preceding their visit.
    3. Only applicants with a completed Master degree in a relevant area will normally be considered for the Visiting Scholars scheme.
  • Post-doctoral and Visiting Scholars are unpaid.
  • Post-doctoral and Visiting Scholars will pay bench fees to contribute to carrying their costs.
    1. The normal rate is 1200NZD per month of residence at the College of Education, Health and Human Development.
    2. Bench fees can be reduced or waived in certain circumstances, for example when a senior visiting researcher wishes to spend time at the University of Canterbury to further an existing research cooperation with our researchers.
    3. Application to have bench fees waived or reduced should be made at the time of application.
  • Post-doctoral and Visiting Scholars will have full UC library privileges comparable to those offered to postgraduate students, including access to online library databases and electronic books.
  • Post-doctoral and Visiting Scholars will be assigned a desk space, UC username, e-mail address and passwords and access to the UC wifi network for the duration of their visit.
  • Visiting Scholars will be assigned a mentor. This will normally be one of the UC academics identified by the applicant in their application.If these staff members are not available, an offer may still be made with a different mentor. The Visiting Scholar and the mentor will meet at least monthly during the visit, and the Visiting Scholar will report to their mentor.
  • Post-doctoral scholars should nominate a Senior Academic or Academics for collaborative research engagement during the visit.

Visiting Scholar Scheme


  • Subject to the agreement of individual lecturers, Visiting Scholars may sit in on lectures and other teaching sessions. Visiting Scholars are normally expected to participate in the courses in the same way as the students.
  • Visiting Scholars can request access to Learn (Moodle) sites for courses they are auditing, but access is at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.
  • Visiting Scholars will not be registered for courses they audit, and they will not receive credit for their work. If they wish to receive credit, they will need to register as fee-paying students.

Contribution to teaching

  • Visiting Scholars may be assigned Teaching Assistant duties, such as assisting in the preparation of material for teaching, technical or other assistance in lectures they are auditing, or contributing to the assessment of the course.
  • Visiting Scholars may be invited to participate in planning meetings or marking moderation meetings for courses.

Contribution to research environment

  • Visiting Scholars will normally be expected to attend any research lab/hub meetings with the UC staff member who is their mentor.
  • Visiting Scholars will normally work with their mentor on some aspect of the mentor’s research. They may be invited to co-author a research paper with their mentor and/or other members of the research team.
  • Visiting Scholars who are attempting to fulfill the research experience requirement to become eligible to apply for Doctoral studies at UC after their visit will be supported to participate in a research study that is relevant to their proposed doctoral studies with a view to writing a research paper together with their mentor.

Post-doctoral Scholar Scheme

  • Post-doctoral scholars should provide a comprehensive research agenda they wish to carry out during their visit. They may also wish to include a proposed plan or goals for gaining tertiary teaching experience in their area of specialty.
  • Post-doctoral scholars may also be invited to participate in planning meetings or marking moderation meetings for courses.

Application process

There are a limited number of places for post-doctoral and visiting scholars. We review applicants based on the strength of their application and potential for research collaboration and contribution.

Applicants must submit a completed application form with details of their previous study, research and teaching and their plans for the visit. In their application, applicants should identify one or more UC academics they wish to be associated with.

Applicants should indicate which of our areas of expertise they are most interested in. Key areas of research & teaching scholarship within the College of Education Health and Human Development can be found on School websites below:

Potential collaborating scholars and mentors

Applicants can study the list of research supervisors in the College of Education, Health and Human Development, and may, if they wish, indicate any particular researchers they would like to be associated with.


  1. Applicants should complete the online Application form and send any additional documents to by the application deadline (15 April or 15 October).
  2. Applicants selected for the next stage will be invited to take part in a Skype interview before the end of April or October.
  3. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 May or November.


More Information

Information specific to teacher education programmes and the College of Education, Health and Human Development can be found in the College of Education, Health and Human Development brochures below or by emailing

More general information about studying in New Zealand can be found on the main International Students site or by phoning +64 3 366 7001.