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Awarding excellence in research

New Zealand-based researchers are world leaders in natural hazards research. Our Ivan Skinner and Fulbright Awards recognise exceptional research talent.

Toka Tū Ake EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award

The Toka Tū Ake EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award is an annual award worth $10,000. It aims to advance the common interest of Toka Tū Ake EQC and the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) in promoting research that reduces the impacts of earthquakes on New Zealand communities.

People eligible to apply are: an earthquake engineering researcher who has already demonstrated high promise with early achievements; an undergraduate student or individual holding other relevant qualifications, who shows exceptional promise in contributing to the field of earthquake engineering research; or someone employed in a role in which earthquake engineering research is relevant and undertaken.


Shahab Ramhormozian photo

2022 award winner Shahab Ramhormozian

Toka Tū Ake EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner award recipients:

2022: Dr Shahab Ramhormozian 
2021: Dr Ashkan Hashemi

2020: Najif Ismail
2019: Kaley Crawford-Flett
2018: Richard Henry and Timothy Sullivan
2017: Dmytro Dizhur
2015: Dr Liam Wotherspoon
2014: Dr Geoffrey Rodgers
2013: Dr Alessandro Palermo
2012: Dr Brendon Bradley
2010: Dr Quincy Ma
2008: Assoc Prof Misko Cubrinovski
2007: Assoc Prof Rajesh Dhakal
2006: Assoc Prof Stefano Pampanin

About Ivan Skinner

The award commemorates Dr Ivan Skinner, who conceived the idea of ‘base isolation’ to protect buildings and bridges during earthquakes. Ivan is best remembered for his work at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research during the 1960s. From 1994-2006, he was Toka Tū Ake EQC’s Research Director. Ivan was a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Fellow of NZSEE, and was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in 1990.

Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award

The Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award in Natural Disaster Research recognises the achievement and potential of an outstanding New Zealand graduate student. It provides the opportunity for post-graduate study and natural disaster research at a university in the United States.

One award is offered each year to a graduate who shows academic excellence, leadership potential, and the ability to be a cultural ambassador for New Zealand. The closing date for applications is 1 August.

Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award recipients

Jesse Kearse

2020 Recipient Jesse Kearse

2020: Jesse Kearse(external link)
2019: Danielle Lindsay(external link)
2018: Amanda Wallis(external link)
2016: Alex Shegay
2015: Viranchi Patel
2014: Max Ferguson
2013: William McVitty
2012: Jonathan Watkins
2008: Geoff Rogers and Aaron Wilson
2006: Clinton Mexted-Freeman
2004: Ben Mackey and Liam Wotherspoon   


Visit the NZSEE and Fulbright websites to find out about eligibility, how to apply and make an application.