Research opportunities

The George Mason Centre for the Natural Environment (GMCNE) aims to build connections across the University and wider, to foster solutions-focused research to support a diverse range of projects that address questions within and across different natural ecosystems.

Funding initiatives

We create new opportunities for research by developing seeding initiatives that will lead to further externally funded research and provide a network to help build large-scale funding initiatives in natural environment research.  

  • Request for proposals - The GMCNE Request for proposal fund provides researchers with an opportunity to think about doing research you would not normally have a chance to do. 
  • The University of Auckland - University of California, Davis Link Programme - This fund specifically supports academic exchanges in Natural Sciences (including but not restricted to Biological Sciences, Marine Science and Chemical Sciences) between the University of Auckland and the University of California, Davis.


Postgraduate students

Dr George Mason stand in a hallway at the Science Centre with students who have benefited from his charitable trust.
Geoff Lerner, Dr George Mason, Carolina Lara Mendoza and Fraser Stobie

Following on from the history of support from the George Mason Trust, the centre will provide support for postgraduate students (MSc and PhD scholarships) and postdoctoral fellowships.

Geoff Lerner, Carolina Lara Mendoza and Fraser Stobie are three students who enjoyed the opportunity to thank George personally for their scholarships. George, an alumnus who studied a BSc Botany and Chemistry (1953) and an MSc Botany (1956), was equally delighted to meet the students and hear about their projects and goals for the future.

The George Mason Charitable Trust has supported 26 students since 2000, and will continue to support many more through the transformative gift of $5 million he has given to establish the new George Mason Centre for the
Natural Environment.

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