Potatoes New Zealand (PNZ) Scholarship

This Master's Scholarship was established by Potatoes NZ in 2022 to support postgraduate research in the area of tomato/potato psyllid, (Bactericera cockerelli Sulc).

Tomato/potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli Sulc.) (TPP), is the major vector of the phloem-limited, gram-negative, unculturable bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (Lieft.) (CaLso) which causes the disorder, commonly referred to as zebrachip, which is spread in seed tubers and makes potatoes unsuitable for processing.

TPP is present in all potato growing regions in New Zealand. In recent years, CaLso has infected up to 50% of the tubers at harvest, resulting in substantial rejections by processors in Canterbury.

The scholarship involves a greenhouse study which will look at the effects of different concentrations of calcium propionate soil applications on potted potatoes subsequently infected with CaLso by “hot” potato psyllids.


$2,000 per month stipend, plus tuition fees for one year of research

Closing Date

11th March

Selection Criteria

  • Gained entrance into a Master of Agricultural Science degree at Lincoln University
  • Academic merit, a B+ average (GPA 6) or above
  • Field of Research and its relevance to this scholarship
  • Knowledge of insects is desirable but not essential


NZ Citizens/Permanent Residents or International students already living in New Zealand with an appropriate visa.


Applications close 11 March at 4pm with the Lincoln University Scholarships Office.  Please email applications to:

[email protected]