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Greetings everyone. Please see below a scholarship opportunity for research on new forms and experiences of migration. Please forward to anyone you think might be interested.


PhD Scholarship – (deadline 31 October 2015; available from February 2016)


"Nation and Migration: population mobilities, desires and state practices in 21st century New Zealand"


Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for a PhD scholarship as part of a research programme entitled "Nation and Migration: population mobilities, desires and state practices in 21st century New Zealand". This major programme of research is led by Dr. Francis Collins as part of a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand. It includes a research team based at The University of Auckland, The University of Waikato and Victoria University of Wellington.


Two PhD scholarships are available to undertake research within this programme. The successful applicants will be expected to work with Francis Collins and other members of the research team to develop their own project that connects with existing case studies or extends their focus empirically or theoretically.


The programme of research includes three studies that explore: 1) circular and temporary migration and migrant aspirations in New Zealand, 2) migration, aspiration and subjectivities of New Zealanders in Australia, and 3) new state practices for managing migration and shaping migrant aspirations. Through these projects the programme offers scope to extend current theorisations of migration and state practices through five interconnected themes: multiple temporalities of temporary and circular migration; desire and aspiration as drivers of migration; mobility and transformations in migrant subjectivities; the territory of the migration-nation in an era of increased mobility and circulation; and migration, nation and conceptions of the future.


The students will be based in the Geography programme within the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. The scholarship includes tuition fees and a living stipend valued at NZ $25,000 p.a. (tax exempt) for three years. The scholarship is available from February 2016 or at a mutually agreed starting date.


It is expected that the candidate will hold a high quality Honours or Masters degree in human geography or a cognate social science, have experience or interest in migration studies, and be able to demonstrate previous research experience. Both domestic and international candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants must meet the University’s selection criteria for entry into the PhD, which can be found at:


Any enquires about the project, including this PhD opportunity, can be directed to Francis Collins at:


Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae (including contact details for two referees) with a cover letter (two pages maximum, minimum 11pt font) and academic transcripts to Dr Francis Collins (, by 31 October 2015.