logoSmallThe MS and PD Society (Canterbury) supports research activities for the improvement of health and well-being of people living with Multiple Sclerosis and/or Parkinson’s conditions.  It is particularly supportive of research activities of a social nature that enhance life experiences – giving people equitable access to societal involvement and activities in all its forms.

Research Activities

Research activities include a range of ventures:

  1. Undertaking research projects;
  2. Attending conferences for people to present and share their work with others and collaborate with other researchers;
  3. Bringing a prominent visitor who is renowned in an area of research of interest to the Society to present a seminar that would further the research of the Society; or
  4. Preparation and submission of publications for the dissemination of information.

The Committee will sponsor and fund only research that is in line with the Research Committee’s Mission Statement.


  • Preference would usually be given to a New Zealand citizen
  • Must be studying and/or working and/or living in the Canterbury region and be one of the following:
  1. An individual with an established research record.
  2. A post-graduate student (full-time or part-time) at a New Zealand University.
  3. A staff member of the Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury.

Funding Awards

Research award

This scholarship will be a grant-in-aid towards the tertiary fees for post-graduate students, or towards research expenses (which may include payment for labour contracted for the research).


Conference Award

The Research Committee may award a grant towards the payment of expenses for a person to attend a Conference where they are presenting a paper.

The expenses could cover conference registration, transport costs to the conference, accommodation costs and a $NZ100 daily allowance.

On completion of the conference the person must present to the Society reporting on their presentation, their learning, and recommendations.


Publication Award

The Research Committee may award a grant to assist in the publication of research.

The Society would be included in the Acknowledgements, and provided with a copy of the publication.

Current Topics

Recommended topic area for Research

The Research Committee is particularly interested in the experiences of employers and employees  with MS or PD of the effect of it on their employment.

The final date for submissions is now 20 April 2015.

Download the application form for 2015 in .pdf format

Download the application form in Word format