PADET’s initial capital base of $1.5 million was
established from money received by the New Zealand government from
France as compensation for the damage suffered as a result of the attack
on the Greenpeace 'Rainbow Warrior' ship in Auckland Harbour on 10 July
1985. A separate trust deed established the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust in 1989 to support conservation and sustainable development in
New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Every year approximately $150,000 in interest accrued by
PADET is distributed to projects and scholarships that advance the
fund’s objectives. The Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control (PACDAC) reviews PADET applications and makes funding
recommendations to the PADET Trustee, which is the Secretary for
Internal Affairs. PADET grants are administered by the Department of
There is one funding round per year for PADET
scholarships. Applications for PADET scholarships close on 31 October
Level of Funding
Scholarships are awarded in two categories, depending on
the candidate's circumstances:
up to NZ$14,000 for a full year’s work is available for a Master’s research thesis scholarship
up to NZ$21,000 per year for up to three years is available for a Doctoral thesis scholarship.
Priorities for Funding
Applicants must undertake to conduct research for, and
write, a Master’s research thesis or Doctoral thesis. The topic must be a
theme of concern to PADET, which is to advance education and thereby to
promote international peace, arms control and disarmament; and relevant
to current New Zealand disarmament and arms control policy. Full
details about funding criteria can be found in the application form.
Who can apply?
New Zealand citizens or permanent residents based in New Zealand, and
enrolled, or intend to enrol, in a PhD or MA degree course of study at a New Zealand tertiary institution during the
period for which the scholarship is sought.
Scholarships and second funding round for projects
Please consider Paying What You Can to help PCDN grow. We encourage you to consider any amount from $1 and up. Read the SUPPORT page prior to making a payment to see PCDN's impact and how your payment will help.
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