Thread: PhD scholarships in Alpine Fault seismology

Started: 2021-02-12 03:56:23
Last activity: 2021-02-12 03:56:23
2021-02-12 03:56:23
Institution: Victoria University of Wellington
Open Until: 2021-06-01

Funding for a three-year study of earthquake processes and ground-shaking associated with the Alpine Fault, New Zealand, has recently been announced by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

The project is led by Prof John Townend of Victoria University of Wellington—Te Herenga Waka and Dr Caroline Holden of GNS Science and involves researchers from those two institutions and also the University of Auckland, the University of Washington, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Tokyo. The funding provides for two PhD scholarships in geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington.

The project and scholarship funding will start on 1 June 2021. One of the student projects will focus primarily on seismological characterization of the Alpine Fault, using novel seismic detection methods and tomographic analysis, and the other will focus on using ambient-seismic-noise-based “virtual earthquake” methods to analyze ground-shaking in response to different rupture scenarios. As part of the overall project, an array of seismometers will be deployed along the length of the Alpine Fault between Milford Sound and Maruia and both scholarship recipients will be involved in the fieldwork. Each PhD scholarship will provide the recipient with an annual stipend of NZ$27,500 and payment of tuition fees, for three years.

For further information, please contact Prof John Townend (john.townend<at> enclosing a CV and academic transcript. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. However, any interested students are encouraged to apply by 1 March 2021 via the Faculty of Graduate Research ( in order to also be considered for general University PhD scholarships for research on topics aligned with this project. Formal applications for scholarships and enrolment as a PhD student should be made via the Faculty of Graduate Research (

Applicants should preferably have completed or be close to completing a Master of Science (MSc) degree in geophysics, physics, mathematics or a related field, and will ideally have had some prior research and fieldwork experience. Evidence of English language ability is also required.

Prospective applicants should familiarize themselves with the current restrictions on travel to New Zealand arising from COVID-19 and address any questions to the Faculty of Graduate Research. General information regarding enrolment at Victoria University of Wellington is available at

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