Deadline: July 30, 2020
Call for applications for the LEARN Technical Training Award in New Zealand with an amount up to $22,000 New Zealand Dollar.
The Technical Training award provides funds for technical staff from developing countries to receive training in New Zealand on equipment, tools, or methods to improve the measurement and understanding of livestock greenhouse gas emissions.
This award is designed to support an extended visit of an active technician to increase technical knowledge. The visit must be started within one year of the award is granted and must be completed by 30 June 2020.
The award does NOT support conference visits or short-term stays of less than 6 weeks duration.
Funding is available for:
- Up to NZD$17,000 for 6 months (pro rata for less than 6 months) to cover living expenses only (i.e. not the applicant’s salary).
- Up to NZD$5,000 will be provided for return economy class airfares and travel/medical insurance.
Funds will be made available subject to the approval of a detailed budget including evidence of estimated costs. This information is requested at the full application stage (see below).
All funds will be administered through the New Zealand host organization. Once an award has been granted, it is the applicant’s responsibility to work with the New Zealand host organization to make arrangements for travel, accommodation, insurance, and any other logistical requirements. Additional support services, such as follow-up visits by New Zealand technicians to the applicant’s home country, may be arranged in addition to the award on a case-by-case basis at the Ministry for Primary Industries’ discretion.
To be eligible for a Technical Training Award, you must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent tertiary qualification, or be working in a technical research capacity with at least 5 years’ experience.
- Work in collaboration with a New Zealand research organization (host).
- Be resident and normally employed on a permanent contract in a research organization (or similar, relevant organization) in a developing country as defined by the OECD list of Overseas Development Assistance recipients: http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm
- Satisfy New Zealand Government requirements for international entry into New Zealand.
- Be able to speak and understand English to a level sufficient that you can understand technical concepts that will be explained in English.
Full application process
The New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) administers the LEARN awards on behalf of the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Applicants must first submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) to determine eligibility. Forms can be downloaded from the link on the right-hand side of this page. If eligibility is confirmed, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application to be considered by an assessment panel and Ministry for Primary Industries.
An EOI for a Technical Training Award can be submitted at any time during the year, however, full applications are assessed on a quarterly basis (see Full Application Process for the dates).
Full applications for the Technical Training Award are assessed on a quarterly basis with full applications due by the following dates each year: 30 January; 30 April; 30 July; 30 October. The full application process is as follows:
- Develop a proposal and budget for the training programme in close collaboration with the New Zealand host organisation. The budget should include supporting evidence of all associated costs.
- Complete all sections of the application form in English.
- Sign and date the declaration.
- Collect and attach any supporting documents as stipulated on the application form.
- Send completed application documents to the New Zealand host organisation.
- The New Zealand host organisation must submit the application and supporting documentation to NZAGRC by the quarterly deadline indicated above.