In February 2009 the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) signed an arrangement to encourage and facilitate greater understanding and development of research linkages between New Zealand and China. The arrangement provides for that support to be provided through the New Zealand-China Scientist Exchange Programme.
The objectives of the scientific exchange programme are to encourage and facilitate greater understanding and development of research linkages for up to 10 early- to mid-career researchers of NZ and China (up to 5 each), to facilitate access to expertise in each country, and to extend cooperation in jointly agreed priority research fields for collaboration. It is considered that an early- to mid-career researcher would have at least 5 years research experience post receiving their PhD degree.
Therefore, the Royal Society of NZ (RSNZ) is inviting applications from researchers to visit China to collaborate with researchers in Chinese institutes for a four week period. If the NZ applicant wishes to visit China for a shorter (not less than two weeks) or longer (no more than six weeks) period then a clear case must be made in the application.
RSNZ will nominate NZ researchers for the exchange visits and these will be subject to approval by MOST.
Applications for 2012 are now closed.