Call for Applications: Masters Scholarship – MDI Programme, School of Design

History or background of award
A scholarship, supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund, is available for a Master’s student to work in the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington, in Wellington, New Zealand.

This fully-funded 2 year position in the new Master of Design Innovation programme supports Dr Anne Galloway’s Counting Sheep: NZ Merino in an Internet of Things research project.

Purpose of award
The Counting Sheep project aims to create near-future digital media and/or physical computing scenarios that can support public debate on the use of pervasive computing in agriculture, and the future of merino production and consumption.

The student will form part of a small team led by Dr Galloway and will conduct design research in the area of human-animal-computer interaction.

Selection criteria
Applicants require a Bachelors degree in design or computer science, with a focus on digital media production and/or pervasive computing.

In addition to the scholarship application form (pdf), applicants are required to submit a one-page statement of interest that:

  1. identifies potential research areas or questions that are compatible with the larger project;
  2. describes any relevant experience that supports the successful completion of this research.

Preference will be given to projects dealing with pervasive computing and NZ merino sheep, but other animal-based agriculture topics will be considered. An interest in the cultural contexts of new technologies and experience with ethnographic research methods would be considered an asset.

Number of awards offered

NZ16,000 annual stipend.

Tenure of award
Up to two years.

Closing dates for applications
Monday 27 February 2012.

Applications will be reviewed as they come in and the start date is 5 March, 2012.

How do students apply?
Please submit a completed application form (pdf) plus a one-page statement of interest to:

The Scholarships Office
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
New Zealand
Phone: (04) 463 5113 or (04)463 5557

Additional information
Please contact Dr Galloway ( with any questions.