UC Foundation Doctoral Publication Prize

(The Publication Prize is subject to change at any time as a result of changes to process, requirements and/or the availability of funding).

Applications now open.

The goal of the UC Foundation Doctoral Publication Prize is to encourage students to publish their work in leading peer-reviewed publications, indexed in Scopus, during their doctoral studies (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, monographs, or conference proceedings). The Prize is intended to both encourage peer-review publication by Doctoral candidates to develop a personal research profile and increase the visible research reputation of the university


Applications can be made at any time.

Applications must be submitted through MyUC. (log into MyUC with your student log-in, search for UC Foundation Doctoral Publication Prize at the "apply for a scholarship" link on the left-hand taskbar).  If applying for the same prize for a different publication, start the process again with the search tab.

When submitting the letter of acceptance from the journal, please ensure you include the date of the email/letter.

Please submit one application per publication.

If your application is successful, you will be contacted via the email you have provided. You will be required to supply a bank account number including a screengrab of your NZ bank account details. The bank account must be in the name of the prize recipient.

Application Processing

There are six processing rounds per year, and your application will be assessed as part of one of these rounds. This means that you might not receive a response for a month or two after submitting your application. Our Scholarships team will be in touch with you in due course to advise of the outcome of your application. 

Eligibility criteria

1. Author

           University of Canterbury Students who:

  • are currently enrolled in Doctoral studies at UC and are yet to complete their oral examination;
  • are the principal/lead/first author of a manuscript, published after January 2021 but during their period of enrolment as a Doctoral student;
    • In most cases the Doctoral student will be the first author; however, it is acknowledged that publishing practices differ by field and publication. Applications must also be accompanied by an email from the student’s Senior Supervisor confirming: (1) the practices of the Journal or publication and (2) that the student has made contributions equivalent to principal authorship.
    • have an ORCID number that is affiliated to the University of Canterbury at the time of publication;
    • have, on the article, listed their institutional address as the University of Canterbury.

2. Publications

  • Journal articles must be published in journals that are ranked in Scimago (note that all journals listed in Scimago are indexed by Scopus).

You can find the Scimago ranking by searching for the journal at https://www.scimagojr.com/index.php. When you locate the journal, scroll to the bottom of that page to find the quartile information.

  • Other types of publication (e.g. book chapters, monographs, conference proceedings) must also be indexed by Scopus. Please confirm Scopus indexing with the publisher. The minimum requirement for conference papers will be evidence of the full paper in Scopus indexed proceedings. If you are unsure whether your publication is eligible, please enquire at subjectlibrarians@canterbury.ac.nz

If you would like advice or help please get in touch with your subject librarian (see https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/library/contact-us/subject-librarians/). They can also help you with your ORCID record.

3. Definition of Lead Author.

We recognise that practices differ from field to field; however, for the purpose of the UC Doctoral Publication prize the lead/principal author is typically the author listed first on the published article. They are responsible for completing the research that is described in the publication and were a significant contributor to the authoring and editing of the final publication. It is also likely that the student will be the contact person for the journal where the publication is submitted.

Prize information.

  • $1,000 for articles in journals ranked in quartile 1 (Q1) in Scimago
  • $500 for articles in journals ranked in quartiles 2, 3 and 4 (Q2, Q3, Q4) in Scimago, and for other publication types indexed by Scopus (e.g., book chapter, monograph, or conference proceeding).

 If the publication is listed across multiple Scimago quartiles, the highest-ranking will apply to this application.