Dan Watkins was a leading figure in the early weed science research arena within New Zealand. He was a founder of the New Zealand Weeds Conference (forerunner of the New Zealand Plant Protection Society), a member of the New Zealand National Research Council and was involved with other scientific bodies. This scholarship has been set up in memory of Dan Watkins and to recognise his contribution to weed science within New Zealand. The New Zealand Plant Protection Society administers this scholarship, which aims to encourage research into the biology and control of weeds in New Zealand.

Scholarship applications from students at a New Zealand university or students registered in other recognised New Zealand tertiary institutions will be considered.

The Scholarship is a prestigious award made on a competitive basis usually each year. In making awards, consideration will be given to the quality, appropriateness and relevance of the proposed research, the academic record of the applicant, and a supporting statement from supervisors, peers or sponsors. The monetary value of the Scholarship will usually be $5000, which will be paid in two instalments. Recipients will be encouraged to become members of the Society and present a paper about their research to one of the Society’s conferences.


Applications should be made by clicking the button below. The applicant will need to include:

  • a statement describing the proposed research and the applicant’s perceptions of the importance and relevance of the project,
  • a supporting statement from the applicant’s supervisor/mentor, and
  • a copy of the applicant’s academic record.

Applications must be received by the secretary by 1 October each year. For enquiries, contact the secretary.

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For enquiries, contact the secretary