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PACDAC/PADET Scholarships

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PACDAC/PADET Scholarships

Guidelines for applicants

Eligibility

PACDAC/PADET Scholarships are designed to support appropriate postgraduate research by Masters and Doctoral students at New Zealand universities. Anyone who is, or intends to enrol as, a postgraduate degree student pursuing research of interest to the Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control (PACDAC) and the Peace and Disarmament Education Trust (PADET), may apply for a scholarship.

Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD or MA degree course of study at a New Zealand university during the period for which the scholarship is sought. Applicants must undertake:

  • to conduct research for, and write, a doctoral or masters thesis
  • to submit one copy of the completed thesis to PACDAC
  • to grant permission to PACDAC to publish and distribute parts or all of the work.

PACDAC would appreciate willingness by successful applicants to assist PACDAC in editing the final draft of the completed work for publication, if requested. None of these undertakings is to infringe the academic freedom of the applicant or prejudice the relationship of the applicant with academic supervisors.

Applicants must undertake to work on a theme of concern to PACDAC within the terms of reference of the PADET Trust as indicated above, i.e. to advance education and thereby to promote international peace, arms control and disarmament.

Preference will also be given to topics relevant to current New Zealand disarmament and arms control policy.

Scholarships will be awarded in two categories, adapted to the candidate's circumstances:
  • up to NZ$7,500 for a full year's work for a master's thesis
  • up to NZ$10,500 each year for up to two years for a doctoral thesis.

Possible topic areas for scholarship

Proliferation Control Regimes: Including, but not necessarily limited to, the politics, law, economics, administration, and science of arms and weapons data development, production, deployment, and transfers, and assessment of policies designed to restrain them, with regard to all categories of weapons platforms and warheads, including especially chemical, biological, and nuclear devices and long-range missile components.

Arms Control Negotiations: Including, but not necessarily limited to, the record, process, opportunities, and limits of inter-governmental organisations and forums in negotiating and administering arms agreements, including START, NPT, CTBT and MTCR, and multilateral weapons-free area agreements such as SPNZF and the Antarctic Treaty.

Conflict Assessment, Management, and Resolution: Including, but not necessarily limited to, the history, management, and anticipation of international armed conflict situations and the politics, administration, assessment, and improvement of policies designed to pre-empt or ameliorate the conflict and enhance international peace, including confidence and security building measures, non-offensive defence, peacekeeping, and peace enforcement.

Political Sociology of Arms Control and Disarmament: Including, but not necessarily limited to, studies of public awareness, information, and attitudes, group formation, political activism, party and government policy formation and administration, and media and educational institution treatment, with regard to New Zealand or international arms control and disarmament issues.

Other Topics
These will be considered where candidates can present arguments justifying the relevance of their work in terms of the objects of the PADET Trust, which are to advance education and thereby to promote international peace, arms control and disarmament; and the resolution of international conflict.

How to apply:
  • Applications close twice a year - 31 May and 30 September.
  • Applicants are notified of decisions within three months of those dates.
  • All successful applicants must undertake to report to PADET as specified in the terms of agreement for their grant, and to also provide at least one complementary copy of any publication or item produced.
  • All successful applicants must undertake to report to PACDAC/PADET as specified in the terms of agreement for their scholarship, and to also provide at least one complementary copy of any publication or item produced.
  • Applications must be made on the application form: download the Application form here (.pdf format) 143k. Once the form is downloaded to your computer, you can print it, then complete it using a pen and return the form and accompanying material to us by mail. Forms in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site. Hard copy versions are available from Community Development Group or email us.

Past recipients and topics
Ms Judith Fretter, Department of Political Science, University of Canterbury: PhD to investigate the effective mediation in international disputes by the United Nations and regional organisations 1945-1995.

Ms Kate Dewes, Peace Studies Department, University of New England Canterbury: PhD "The World Court Project: the evolution and impact of an effective citizen's movement" in relation to nuclear weapons and disarmament.

Mr Sisira Edirippulige, Department of Political Studies, University of Auckland: PhD "Comparative Studies of Ethnic Conflicts: Sri Lanka and former USSR. An investigation into the complexities of ethnicity and nationalism; ethnonationalism; and the conflicts in Sri Lanka and the former USSR."

Mr Guy Wilson-Roberts, Department of Political Studies, University of Auckland: PhD "New Zealand's sponsorship of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in the UN General Assembly and in the Conference on Disarmament."

Ms Bethan Greener, Department of Political Science, University of Canterbury: MA "An investigation into the intricate relationship between terrorism and mass media, as well as the impact of such a relationship on state security."

Mr Julian Hansen, Department of Political Studies, University of Auckland: MA "New Zealand's Peace Keeping Role in Overseas Conflicts."

Mr Jeremy Hall, University of Otago: MA "Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East."

Ms Zhen Huang, University of Waikato: PhD "China and Multilateral Arms Control."

Ms Mary Wareham, Victoria University of Wellington: MA "The Problems of Establishing an International Restriction on the Use of Land Mines."

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