Future Forest Scholarship

In December 2016, the Board of the NZIF Foundation accepted a donation from the Australia and New Zealand Forest Fund 2 (ANZFF2), managed by New Forest Asset Management Pty Ltd (New Forests) and agreed to establish the Future Forest Scholarship on the terms set out below:

Name

Future Forest Scholarship

Purpose:

Post graduate scholarship for research at any recognised NZ tertiary institution into NZ plantation forestry with a preference given to projects in the areas of environmental markets, wood fibre markets, forest logistics, productivity and genetics.

Funding:

Donation of NZD 70,000 from the Australia and New Zealand Forest Fund 2 (managed by New Forests Asset Management Pty Ltd (New Forests)).

Size and term of Award

Up to two scholarships of NZD 10,000/annum to be awarded annually until the initial funding pool is exhausted.

A single scholarship could be awarded for multiple of $10,000/year over two to three years, or a one year scholarship could be renewed on successful application in subsequent years.

Failure to comply with reporting requirements, without a reasonable explanation, could result in cancellation of an award, and the Foundation will be entitled to seek reimbursement of the whole or part of payments made to the applicant.

Reporting

Successful applicants will provide quarterly updates on progress and will make a presentation of findings annually.

Application Process

The Foundation will annually call for applications for the scholarship and will (after making any enquiries into the proposed project and the suitability of the applicant to carry it out) determine those applicants who will receive the awards.  However, prior to awarding the scholarship the Foundation will consult with New Forests and consider any reasonable objections New Forests may have to the proposed project/person.

Applications should be made in writing and provide the following information:

  • Applicant’s name and institution enrolled at
  • Applicant’s contacts (Email and phone)
  • Statement setting out:
    • Academic history
    • Forestry experience
    • Description of research project
    • Aspirations and interests in the forestry profession
    • Proposed use of the award
    • Why you should receive the award
    • Copy of your CV
    • Other supporting information

Details (names, contact details, and position) of three referees who can attest to your achievements and characteristics.  At least one referee must be familiar with your research field

Accounting

Rather than establishing a separate fund within the Foundation accounts, the Foundation Board has made a commitment to ANZFF2 that it will offer the scholarships as described under the heading “Funding” above.  This will simplify the Foundation’s accounts (The commitment will be recorded in the accounts each year until the obligations are completed).

RECORD OF AWARDS

Year

Awardee

Topic

Amount

2017

Fei Guo, PhD student, University of Canterbury

The use of spectroscopy of cellulose and wood to predict growth-stress levels in standing trees and logs. 

$10,000

 

 

 

 

 FUNDING

(This fund is a declining one – awards cease when balance is $0)

Date

 

Additions

Deductions

Balance of Fund

Balance at 1/4/16

 

 

 

0.00

December 2016

Donation from Australia & New Zealand Forest Fund 2

$70,000.00

 

$70,000.00

September 2017

Award to Fei Guo

 

$10,000.00

$60,000.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Applications must be received by the Foundation administrator (foundation@nzif.org.nz) no later than 5pm on Wednesday 20th June 2018. 

The awards will be announced at the Awards Dinner of the NZ Institute of Forestry Conference in Nelson on Tuesday 10th July 2018.  For details of the conference see www.nzif.org.nz.