AUT SPRINZ Coaching Research Group PhD Scholarship

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Purpose and background of award

A unique and exciting opportunity has been created for an academically strong applicant, with a passion for sports coaching - the AUT Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ) Coaching Research Group PhD Scholarship 

The Coaching Research Group (CRG), under the umbrella of SPRINZ, invites applications from students interested in pursuing a PhD study directly relating to one of the Group's three research pillars: 
Coach Development; 
Performance Analysis / Skill Acquisition; 
Athlete-Centred Learning. 


Entry criteria

  • Applicants must demonstrate a well-developed knowledge and a clear interest in one of the three CRG research pillars and need to clearly identify how their proposed research will add value to the work of the CRG in one of these three areas. The research domain is flexible and can relate to either the high performance or the community environment.
  • Applicants should also have:
  • A Masters or equivalent in a sport related discipline and meet the requirements for entry into the PhD programme at AUT University.
  • Ability to conduct research and an understanding of how to apply the findings in practical settings.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills.
  • Personal attributes as follows: enthusiasm, reliability, creativity and perseverance.
  • Ability to function effectively as a member of a team and independently where necessary.
  • Willingness to travel and to be flexible.
  • Minimum English language requirement - IELTS scores of 6.5 overall with 7 in writing and all other bands 6.0 or higher.
  • Background in sport as an athlete, coach or as part of a support team is desirable.


Closing dates for applications




PhD tuition fees + Student Services Levies


Number of awards offered



Tenure of award

Up to three years based on satisfactory progress in the programme of research

Application process

The applicant must submit to the Scholarships Office by 4.00 pm on the closing date (24/6/2013) 
A completed AUT Scholarship application form 
Copies of transcripts for any study completed at any institution other than AUT 
A CV (Max. three pages) 
A statement (max. three pages) outlining ; 
which research pillar relates to your proposed study and providing your initial ideas regarding how you would conduct a series of studies to meet this aim 
your coaching philosophy - what you believe to be the key principles (rules to live by) when working with coaches and athletes 
examples of how you have demonstrated long term time management skills working independently and when working in a team you have encountered conflict and overcome it. 
Application for this scholarship and admission into the PhD programme are two separate processes. The awarding of a scholarship is conditional on acceptance into the AUT doctoral programme. As the admissions process may take up to two months to complete it is important to contact the postgraduate office of the faculty for advice on the application for study process. 


Selection process

The successful applicant will be selected by a panel comprising of the Principal Supervisor Dr. Lynn Kidman, and Secondary Supervisors Dr Simon Walters, Dr Kirsten Spencer, and a SPRINZ director. 

Decisions will be made as soon as possible depending on the location of the candidate and the opportunity to coordinate a face-to-face meeting. Closing and decision dates will be extended if candidates do not satisfy the requirements.

As soon as possible after the closing date


What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

The successful applicant will; 
Complete and publish research papers for a publication-based PhD thesis. 
Provide regular presentations (oral and written) of research findings to the CRG and SPRINZ as requested. 
Satisfy PhD supervisors with their work ethic and with the rate of progress in the design and conduct of research 
Complete all University six-monthly progress reports required during the tenure of the Scholarship, outlining their progress to date


Additional information

Applicants need to clearly identify how their proposed research will add value to the work of the CRG in one of these three areas. The research domain is flexible and can relate to either the high performance or the community environment. The research topic of the successful recipient will be based on the specific interest area of the applicant, in agreement with the supervisors, and in accordance with AUT regulations. 

The PhD thesis will be publication-based; the research will be supervised by Dr. Lynn Kidman, Dr. Kirsten Spencer and Dr. Simon Walters. PhD tuition fees will be covered by a SPRINZ Scholarship and up to $4000 over the three years of study may be provided by the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences for research expenses. Other contestable grants may be available for travel and research projects. 

Start date: August/September 2013, depending on admission into the PhD programme at AUT (no funding will be released until this is completed). Location: Coach Development Centre, AUT-Millennium Institute, Auckland


Who else has information about this award?

Further information regarding the potential research project can be obtained by contacting Dr. Simon Walters: Enquiries about enrolment in the PhD programme at AUT should be directed to Dr. Lynn Kidman: 


For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:


General Scholarships for study at: 
Auckland University of Technology

Private Bag 92006