Research Scholarship

The New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering awards an annual Research Scholarship for applicants undertaking research projects in earthquake engineering at New Zealand universities and research institutes. The objectives of the scholarship are to promote research in earthquake engineering and encourage students of high ability to continue advanced studies in earthquake engineering.

Applicants should be pursuing a full-time course of study towards a post-graduate qualification at a New Zealand institution including research relevant to the mission of the NZSEE, which is to gather, shape and apply knowledge to reduce the impact of earthquakes on our communities.

Applicants should be intent on pursuing a career in earthquake engineering or the practice of mitigating the effects of earthquakes, and must demonstrate outstanding ability and promise.

Applicants must be members of the Society (in whatever category is appropriate e.g Student member).

The NZSEE Scholarship 2024 will have a value of $10,000. The recipient must agree to continue their studies for at least a full academic year and to present the findings of their research at an NZSEE Annual Conference and in the Bulletin.

No separate application form is required. Applicants should provide the following information briefly but clearly:

  • A brief curriculum vitae (one page).
  • A statement outlining other financial support being received by the candidate.
  • A short title for the proposed research project.
  • A brief outline of the nature, purpose and probable outcomes of the research (two pages).
  • A brief work plan indicating the start and finish dates and current status of the project (one page).

The candidate should arrange for the Academic Supervisor to independently email a letter of support to the NZSEE Executive Officer at by the awards submission deadline.


Previous winners of the NZSEE Research Scholarship are ineligible to reapply for the award. 

Past Recipients



Saiteja Sistla

Developing a risk targeted seismic design framework for buckling-restrained braced frame buildings


Ayushi Tiwari

Advancing predictability of physics-based ground-motion simulations in New Zealand: Empirical and Theoretical modelling advancements


Julian Rincon

Seismic Response of Reinforced Concrete Columns with Active Confinement


Sabina Piras

Development of Dissipative Controlled Rocking Bridge Columns on Monopole Foundations


Alistair Stronach

Finding Seismic Site Response due to Basin Effects in the Wellington CBD Through High Resolution Gravity Depth Mapping


Eyitayo Ademola Opabola

Experimental Investigations and Vulnerability Modelling of Reinforced Concrete Frames Under Seismic Actions


Ana I Sarkis Fernandez

Quantifying Seismic Resilience of Low Damage Technologies for Short and Medium Span Bridges


Gabriele Granello

Long-Term Performance of Post-Tensioned Timber Structures


Karim Tarbali

Ground Motion Selection for Seismic Response Analysis


Shahab Ramhormozian

Enhancement of the Sliding Hinge Joint Connection with Belleville Springs


Chris Van Houtte


Robin Lee

Rock Site Ground-motion Prediction in New Zealand


Development of a 3D Canterbury Seismic Velocity Model and Hybrid Broadband Ground Motion Simulation of the Canterbury Earthquakes



Mustafa Mashal

Advanced Bridge Construction and Design







Lucas Hogan



Trevor Yeow

Categorization and Seismic Response of the New Zealand Bridge Stock


Decision Support Tools for Seismic Sustainability Assessment Considering Downtime and Injury



Thomas Algie

Numerical and Experimental Modelling of Rocking Foundations Subjected to Seismic Loadings


Brendon Bradley

Seismic Loss Estimation and Soil-pile-structure Systems


Debra Gardiner



Brian Peng




Aaron Wilson

Development of Design Recommendations for the Internal Forces within Concrete Floor Diaphragms


Seismic Performance Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Buildings with Precast Concrete Floor Systems.


In-field Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings