Opportunities at the NCRE
Every year, the EUCN sends post-graduate students to intern at the European Parliament in Brussels and at the Asia-Europe Foundation in Singapore. These programmes form part of the EUCN's wider objective to increase New Zealanders' awareness and understanding of the European Union. The internships are designed to provide post-graduates with an opportunity to experience working in a real-life setting, as well as to assist their own research.
Every year up to two postgraduate students from EUCN partner universities are funded to work as interns at the European Parliament.
To be eligible for the internship you must be a post-graduate student enrolled at an EUCN partner university for study (Hons, Masters or Doctoral level) and a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
The internships are normally for 3 months. MEP interns are expected to be available from September on each year. Exact timing will be negotiated with the New Zealand Embassy in Brussels and the MEP. Interns will be asked to work on a variety of projects including but not exclusively: helping to prepare documents, undertaking small research papers, helping with administrative tasks, and helping to arrange events.
The MEP Internship provides €5,000 to support you during your internship period. This can cover airfares to Brussels, accommodation, local transport and daily living costs. All expenditure must be in line with University of Canterbury and EUCN grant rules.
For more information on how to apply see MEP internships
Students from EUCN partner universities also have the opportunity to intern for up to three months at the Asia-Europe Foundation in Singapore.
The ASEF Internship is more flexible in timeframe to work around a students academic programme. Interns will be asked to work on a variety of projects including but not exclusively: helping to prepare documents, undertaking small research papers, helping with administrative tasks, and helping to arrange events.
The ASEF Internship provides $5000 to support you during your internship period. This can cover airfares to Singapore, accommodation, local transport and daily living costs. All expenditure must be in line with University of Canterbury and EUCN grant rules.
For more information on how to apply see ASEF internships
Additionally, funded domestic internships are available for students to work at the EU Delegation to New Zealand in Wellington and other places such as the NZIIA.
For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
EUCN and NCRE Scholarships 2017 - Applications Now Open!
Course fee scholarships (EUCN and NCRE), M.EURO Scholarships and NCRE Research Awards - Application deadline: 15 April 2017
To apply, please complete the online form at http://eucnetwork.org.nz and upload the completed application form
If you have any further queries, please email Thomas Gillman (NCRE Administrator) or call 03 364 3120.
The European Union Centres Network (EUCN) also offers some funding for exchange programmes with the following European partner institutions.
- London School of Economics (UK)
- Lund University (Sweden)
- University of Primorska (Slovenia)
- University of Newcastle (UK)
Please contact Rebecca Morgan (email@example.com) for more details.
The NCRE administers a number of annual fees scholarships, research awards and mobility awards that students and researchers can apply for. Details of those currently available are listed below:
- NZ European Union Centres Network Postgraduate Scholarships and Research Awards
- NZ European Union Centres Network European Parliament Internships
- NCRE-MAEUS Mobility Awards
Other Sources of Funding
For information on possible research grants for Europe-focused research, search the University of Canterbury Research Office Online Grants Database (Staff only). The Database can be searched for grants available within New Zealand and Internationally. The Database can be searched by a specific grant or organisation name, date or by "key words". The keyword that can be used to search is European and is under 'subject area'. Sorry but the Database is available to UoC users only.
Other University of Canterbury pages to check include:
International funding opportunities through NCRE partners include:
2006 was the inaugural year for the hosting by the NCRE of interns from Europe. Interns are based in the Centre and are working on individual projects related to their field of study, and to date the Centre has hosted 8 interns working on a number of individual projects. While present at the Centre all interns are required to participate in weekly seminars, conferences and other networking opportunities, as well as getting a chance to explore New Zealand while participating in practical research. This is self-funded programme, however there may be some funding assistance available depending on the research project.
What the NCRE can offer
As an intern at the NCRE, you will recieve your own individual work-space, computer, printing and internet and library access. You will work on a supervised research project, either related to your individual study or within one of the NCRE research projects. The NCRE Adminsitrator can help with visa and accomodation queries.
In 2008 the NCRE has four umbrella projects underway
- The EU Through the Eyes of Asia
- EU as a Development Actor
- NZ and the Impact of the "Next Wave" of EU enlargement
- EU Immigration to NZ
Interns have the option of working within the framework of one of these projects, or working on their own research as long as it is able to supervised by an NCRE staff member.