Cambridge Fellowships - Erskine Programme - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Cambridge/Canterbury Academic Exchange Programme


The University of Cambridge and the University of Canterbury announced with great pleasure the establishment from 2008 of a reciprocal academic visitor exchange programme between the two universities entitled the Cambridge/Canterbury Exchange Programme with the first visits occurring in 2009.

The two universities have a lengthy association and a series of distinguished Cambridge visitors to Canterbury over the years.

The goal of the Cambridge/Canterbury Exchange Programme, which will be primarily administered by the University of Canterbury, is to build on the academic links that have already been developed and to benefit the students and staff of both universities by funding the regular visits of academic staff members.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the two Universities, signed in February 2008 refers to:

‘The University of Canterbury and the University of Cambridge, in furtherance of their mutual interests in teaching and research, and as a contribution to increased international cooperation between them, hereby agree to implement, within the framework of the regulations applying in each of the institutions and subject to the availability of resources, the following programmes and activities:

  1. Exchange of continuing academic staff members
  2. Joint research activities
  3. Participation in teaching, seminars and academic meetings
  4. Exchange of publications, academic materials and other information
  5. Joint quality assurance benchmarking.’

The Cambridge/Canterbury Exchange Programme is jointly funded by the University of Canterbury, with assistance for relevant faculties from the bequest of John Angus Erskine, its distinguished graduate in science, engineering and economics and by the University of Cambridge.

We warmly commend this expanded Programme for the undoubted growth it will bring in the exchange of knowledge, professional links, and research collaborations between our two universities. The Fellowships to be awarded each year are available in all faculties and are additional to those available under the existing Visiting Erskine Fellowships, Visiting Oxford Fellowships, Erskine Grants, Oxford Grants, Visiting Canterbury Fellowships and other leave programmes.

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom - February 2009

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand - February 2009

Honour Rolls (all Visiting Fellows)

Visiting Cambridge Fellows names in the Honour Rolls appear in Bold + CAPS


Cambridge/Canterbury Academic Exchange information:


The purpose of Visiting Cambridge Fellowships at Canterbury is to give lectures to students and should include undergraduate lectures where possible.

The purpose of Cambridge Fellowships at Cambridge (Grants) is to enable University of Canterbury staff members to increase their knowledge in their academic disciplines so as to better enable them to teach such subjects to students.


Visiting Fellowships and Grants under the Cambridge/Canterbury Academic Exchange Scheme are available to all departments within the University of Canterbury.

Visiting Fellowships to Canterbury are for durations of, normally, one to three months. A minimum of an average of 3 lectures per week (or equivalent student contact hours) is expected. As a guidline teaching should include 100 and 200 levels.

Fellowships at Cambridge (Grants) - a letter of support is required from the proposed host department at the University of Cambridge indicating that hosting will be available at no cost to the visitor.

Applications/nominations for 2 Fellowships to each University are called for in February of each year and are assessed on a competitive basis. 

Closing date

The closing date for nominations for 2018 visits is 5 May 2017.

There is currently a total annual allocation of 2 Visiting Cambridge Fellowships and 2 Cambridge Grants and nominations are assessed on a competitive basis. The history of awards is considered on a Departmental basis and not according to individual sections or subject areas within a Department.

Successful applications 2017 for 2018

Visiting Cambridge Fellowships awarded to:

To be announced in August 2017

Cambridge Grants awarded to:

To be announced in August 2017

Successful applicants 2016 for 2017

Professor Stephen Todd, School of Law, has been accepted for a Fellowship under the Cambridge/Canterbury Academic Exchange Programme to visit the University of Cambridge School of Law in 2017.

Visiting Cambridge Fellowships awarded to Professor Poul Christoffersen, Scott Polar Research Institute visiting Gateway Antarctica, College of Science, University of Canterbury.

Visitors in 2016

Professor Debra Wilson, School of Law, has been accepted for a Fellowship under the Cambridge/Canterbury Academic Exchange Programme to visit the University of Cambridge School of Law in 2016.

Professor Patrick O'Sullivan, Department of Classics, has been accepted for the Fellowship under the Cambridge/Canterbury Academic Exchange Programme to visit the University of Cambridge, Department of Classics in 2016

Visiting Fellowships awarded for visits from the University of Cambridge to the University of Canterbury are:

  • Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Scott Polar Research Institute visiting Gateway Antarctica, College of Science
  • Dr Jennifer Wallace, Faculty of English visiting the Department of English & Classics.
  • Dr Thomas Forster, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics visiting the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

Cambridge Fellowships and Grants from 2009 onwards can be found separately here.