Travel Grants

Emily Diack is a recent recipient of an NZHS Travel grant. The grant was used to assist with travel to and from Canada. Emily presented her Master's findings in poster format at the Fourth International Conference on Forest and Water in a changing environment, British Columbia, Canada in July 2015. Emily's poster will be added soon. 

Harvey Rodda received an NZHS Travel grant of $1080 to assist him with travel from the UK to attend the 2015 NZHS Conference. 

Graeme Horrell received an NZHS Travel grant of $1470 to assist him with travel to the 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium in Hobart Australia, December 2016.

Grants in Aid of Travel

Christina Bright, a student member of NZHS received a grant in aid of travel that covered registration to the 2015 NZHS Conference in Hamilton.


Purpose & Context:

To fund projects that further the science of hydrology and its application in New Zealand or raise the profile of hydrology in New Zealand.

Typically, these have been projects carried out by students at New Zealand tertiary institutions as part of Master's level educational programs. However, grants may also be awarded to other worthy projects specific to the science of hydrology in New Zealand.

The Society Executive has typically budgeted on the order of $10,000/year to fund two or three such projects annually. However, the Executive may, at its discretion, spend more or less than that amount, depending on the availability of funds and the number and quality of applications for any given year. Project grants cannot be used to fund ongoing courses of study or travel to attend scientific meetings. Up to $1,000 of the project fund grant may be used to purchase necessary equipment and materials if no other source of funding for them is available; however, the disposition of any still usable residual equipment will be to the grantee's academic department.


For non-student applicants a prerequisite membership period of 2 years is mandatory. In the case of student applicants, the prerequisite membership period for project grant is at least six months. Student applicants must be currently enrolled in a New Zealand tertiary institution. Ideally, the supervisor of student applicant would have at least two years of valid (current) membership at the time of application.

Acceptance Deadline & Processing:

Applications close on 30 September. Applications are reviewed by the Executive and decisions on which ones to grant are made at the spring Executive meeting (in late-October or early-November).


Purpose & Context:

To fund members to carry out hydrologic research, visit an institution involved with hydrology, attend a conference or similar event, participate in a workshop, or in some other way extend their skills and experience or contribute to the skills and experience of other members in a manner directly relevant to New so Zealand hydrology.


Travel grants are available to members of the Society with at least two years standing. They are ordinarily for

  1. Graduates (up to two years after a degree has been conferred) to attend a relevant conference in order to present a paper of which they are the primary author where financial assistance is not available elsewhere;

  2. Members to travel overseas to enhance their hydrological skills and experience directly relevant to New Zealand hydrology; or

  3. Members to travel within New Zealand to enhance their hydrologic skills and experience or to assist others in enhancing their hydrologic skills where financial assistance is not available elsewhere.

Grants for international travel may not exceed 50% of core travel costs.

In case of student applicants, they must be enrolled in a New Zealand tertiary institution.

All application should include a valid quote from a travel agent or an online travel agent for full consideration. The grant covers travel from New Zealand to the conference destination and back only. The application should identify other travels separate from core conference travel.

Acceptance Deadline & Processing:

Travel grant applications may be submitted for consideration at any time.



​To fund full-time tertiary students for up to 100% of the registration cost to attend the annual Society conference and present papers describing their work.


Grant applications are to be submitted by the recipient’s supervisor (who must be a current member and have been a member for at least 2 years). Recipients must be a student enrolled in a New Zealand tertiary institution, the principal investigator involved in the research, and the major author and presenter of the paper and the paper must be directly relevant to New Zealand hydrology.

Acceptance Deadline & Processing:

Applications close on 30 September.

The number of grants awarded annually is at the discretion of the Executive, taking into account available funds, the number of applications, and the circumstances of applicants, but is typically three such grants annually.

For those applying to attend NZHS annual conference, travel grant will only be awarded to those students whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the Society's annual conference. Therefore, applications should be made soon after the submittal deadline for abstracts (typically end of August) and will be acted upon by the Executive so that award occurs in a timely manner allowing for students to qualify for early-bird registration.


Reporting requirements that are a condition of all project and travel grants are as follows:

  1. A brief report on precisely what the grant funds were used for and the outcome of the project or travel that occurred as a result of the grant. To be submitted to the Society Secretary within three months of completion of project work or travel; and

  2. Submittal of a relevant scientific paper detailing the results of the project or travel to the Journal of Hydrology (New Zealand) or other suitable scientific journals within 12 months of completion of project work or travel; or

  3. Presentation of a relevant paper at the Society's annual conference or another suitable scientific conference within 12 months of completion of project work or travel; or

  4. Submittal of a report for publication in the Society's newsletter Current.

  5. In the case of travel grants, copies of paid invoices for actual expenses incurred must be submitted to support the reimbursement under the grant.

At the time a grant is awarded, specific requirements attached by the Society's Executive will be communicated to the grantee in writing as a condition of the grant. The grantee's acceptance of the grant means that the grantee accepts the reporting requirements. All grants will normally be in the form of reimbursement after expenses have been incurred and reporting requirements met. Grants-in-aid of travel will normally be in the form of reimbursement after the applicant has registered for the conference and attended it. However, grants-in-aid of travel may be authorized to be paid in advance at the discretion of the Executive in case of need.


Our mission is to support and foster hydrology in New Zealand and elsewhere, and to enable NZHS members to receive advanced training in hydrological sciences. NZHS annually presents several student and non-student awards to its members recognising the outstanding contributions of our members to New Zealand Hydrology.



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PO Box 12300, Thorndon,
Wellington 6144

Phone: 03 928 0620


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