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Screenshot from 2017 scholarship recipient Brendan Darby's alumni video

Screenshot from 2017 scholarship recipient Brendan Darby's alumni video

Since 2017 we have offered a limited number of competitive business scholarships to our alumni each year to enable them to undertake further postgraduate study in business-related areas. Qualifications include Master of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, Master of Business Administration, Master of Innovation and Commercialisation, and other courses.

The students are able to bridge academia and industry and enhance their business acumen. The aim is for scholarship recipients to use their new knowledge to identify new investments and innovative solutions and contribute to New Zealand’s high-tech manufacturing ecosystem.

This call is open to alumni who completed their PhD under the supervision of a MacDiarmid Institute investigator. It is intended that the scholarships will cover tuition fees, however stipends may also be considered in the case of full-time study.

Applications are due each year by October 1st. Applications must include a Curriculum Vitae and an application statement. This statement should address:

  • Details of the proposed study, including budget and justification,
  • The candidate's career development to date and future aspirations,
  • How the proposed study will benefit New Zealand industry,
  • The extent of previous engagement with the MacDiarmid Institute.

For more information contact:

Catherine Gibbs
Centre Manager, The MacDiarmid Institute
catherine.gibbs@vuw.ac.nz

Our 2018 and 2017 scholarship recipients are profiled below:

2018

Eldon Tate

Advanced Management Program offered by Melbourne Business School

After completing his PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, Eldon co-founded and became CEO of Inhibit Coatings Ltd. In his role as CEO Eldon hopes to use the skills learnt through The Advanced Management Program to develop his leadership capabilities and build Inhibit Coatings into a successful deep tech company.

Akshita Wason

Masters of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, University of Auckland

Akshita did her PhD at Canterbury, worked at the start-up Hi-Aspect, and is currently with the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. She will use the scholarship to develop skills to incorporate the challenges faced by typical deep-tech projects from local market launch to establishing a global presence.

Sam Yu

Professional development short courses in governance and leadership management from the Institute of Directors & Icehouse

Sam is heavily involved in business development and marketing for start-ups to commercialise technologies such as nanopore-based diagnostic tools and agricultural products. 

Hannah Zheng

Postgraduate Diploma in Global Business at AUT

Hannah is currently working as a Materials Scientist at Revolution Fibres. She is keen to learn more about global business, to reinforce the technical knowledge she currently brings to the projects.

2017

Nihan Aydemir

Final course for Masters of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, University of Auckland

Nihan will take what she learns to the start-up, SpotCheck, which won the 1st place in the Velocity 100k Challenge in 2016.

You can read more about Nihan in our alumni stories - Dr Nihan Aydemir and bees

Dr Brendan Darby

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, Victoria University of Wellington

The diploma helped Brendan develop his career as an emerging commercial scientist by giving him the fundamental corporate operations and business practice knowledge he needs as a founder of start-up MaramaLabs.

You can read more about Brendan in our alumni stories - Dr Brendan Darby and cloudy liquids

You solve hard problems and you try and do something that hasn’t been done before and apply that to an industry.

Dr Brendan Darby MacDiarmid Institute alumnus Former MacDiarmid Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Victoria University

Manmeet Kaur, PhD 2016

Masters of Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship, University of Auckland

Manmeet is using his scholarship to bridge academia and industry, identify new investments and solutions, and make sense of the ever-present uncertainty associated with early stage ventures and start-ups.

Matthew Cowan, PhD 2012

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, College of Engineering, University of Canterbury

Matt is using the scholarship to boost him towards his goal of introducing innovative technologies to transform the petrochemicals industry. He’s passionate about making a positive impact on the environment and society by adding to New Zealand’s high-tech manufacturing ecosystem.

You can read more about Matt in our alumni stories - Dr Matthew Cowan and solar energy