A PhD scholarship is available for supporting a mathematics, computer science, economics or theoretically inclined physics graduate to study the science of science funding.

Are public research funding mechanisms effective or not? This project involves developing econometric models of the research process that include researchers and projects, with measures of:

  • team formation, by looking at the evolution of collaborations using network analysis;
  • effects of public funding on research outputs, by comparing funded and unfunded projects, controlling for selection bias using referee scores and other evaluation measures;
  • research impact, by linking identified funded projects and researchers to appropriate metrics and indicators of impact.

The PhD project will be carried out under the supervision of Prof Shaun Hendy at the University of Auckland and Dr Adam Jaffe at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, as part of Te Punaha Matatini, which is the New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence for Complex Systems, Data and Networks.

Applicants should ideally have a First-Class Honours degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics, or Physics (or an equivalent 4-year degree qualification) and satisfy the University of Auckland’s entry requirements for PhD study.

Total value
The three-year scholarship covers PhD tuition fees plus a non-taxable living allowance of NZ$27,300 per annum. The starting date can be anytime from 1 November 2017.

How to apply
For further information and to apply, please contact:
Prof Shaun Hendy
Te Pūnaha Matatini
University of Auckland
New Zealand