PhD scholarship opportunity on the topic 'Accessing Assisted Reproduction: Social Infertility and Family Formation'

Call for applications for a PhD scholarship on: Accessing Assisted Reproduction: Social Infertility and Family Formation.

Applications are invited for a PhD candidate to contribute to a Marsden-funded project on assisted reproductive technologies (ART), social infertility, and family formation.

The candidate will work alongside Associate Professor Sharyn Davies, Associate Professor Rhonda Shaw and Dr Elizabeth Kerekere and will contribute to understandings of how people denied access to ART create families in Aotearoa New Zealand. The research aims to ensure that all people in Aotearoa are able to create families regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or ability.

The candidate’s research will focus on understanding the challenges in creating a family when ART is required but access denied. The project will have a particular focus on people often excluded from such access, including LGBTQ, disabled people, single people, Muslim migrants, Māori and Pacific peoples. PhD projects focusing on Māori or Pacific groups are particularly welcome.

Candidates suited to the project will have experience and qualifications in Anthropology, Sociology, Māori Studies, qualitative research methods, reproductive health, gender, and/or sexuality.

Candidates must be eligible to study in New Zealand. The scholarship offered is conditional on acceptance into the university. Applicants must have a Master’s degree in the A range or a first-class honours degree.

The scholarship is up to NZ$27, 000 per annum for a total of three years full-time. All fees will be covered. The candidate can be based either at AUT (Auckland) or at Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington) and will be co-supervised by Sharyn Davies and Rhonda Shaw.

How to apply:

  • CV (2 pages maximum);

  • Certified copies of academic transcripts;

  • 2-page outline of your research skills and experience;

  • 1-page summary of your motivations for and goals in undertaking a PhD;

  • An outline of your proposed PhD topic that fits within the project described above (1,000 words).

Applications should be forwarded via email to

Closing date: 1 February 2019