New Zealand is known as the second riskiest country in the world for natural hazards. EQC supports world leading research through our research funding programmes, and recognises exceptional research talent through our Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award and the EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award

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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.

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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.

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

Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award recipients

2020:Jesse Kearse
2019:Danielle Lindsay
2018: Amanda Wallis
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


Alex Shegay
2020 Recipient Jesse Kearse


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EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award

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

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  • a New Zealand earthquake engineering researcher who has already demonstrated high promise with early achievements, or
  • 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.

Visit the NZSEE website to find out how to apply and application deadlines.

EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner award recipients:

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 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.


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