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Current open call

Catalyst: Leaders January 2021 - Applications are now open

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Royal Society Te Apārangi has opened the January 2021 Call for Catalyst: Leaders. Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means.

Catalyst: Leaders provides funding for a number of pre-existing and new sub-programmes. For detailed information please refer to the Catalyst Leaders guidelines available below.


NOTE: If applicable, New Zealand quarantine fees for Catalyst: Leaders project team members visiting, or returning to, New Zealand for activities related to their funded Catalyst Leaders project, is an allowable expense under Catalyst: Leaders.

Funding Available



Brief Description


NZ$ Funding 
(excl. GST)

Awards available per call






International Leader Fellowships



Supports exceptional individuals from any country outside New Zealand to catalyse science and innovation capability and capacity in New Zealand for a minimum of 4 weeks per year for up to 3 years

1-3 years

Per annum: $20,000 Stipend

$20,000 Research support

$10,000 Host admin

Up to 3


JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship*





Supports young and excellent New Zealand postdoctoral researchers doing research in Japan

12 – 24 months

Flights, insurance and living allowance

Up to 4

 *Please note this programme is fully funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)


  • The Proposal must be made by a New Zealand-based research organisation or a New Zealand-based legal entity representing a research organisation, unless otherwise agreed by the Society

  • In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements, the Proposal must meet all specific Sub-Programme eligibility criteria listed in the Guidelines

Closing Date

  • Applications to all programmes are now open.
  • Closing Date: Thursday 15 April 2021, 5.00 pm (NZST). 

Submit an Application

  • Applications to all programmes must be made to the Royal Society Te Apārangi via the Catalyst: Portal, please contact your Research Office for a URL Link to the Catalyst: Portal.
  • Templates are available for downloading via the Catalyst: Portal, please contact your Research Office for a URL Link to the Catalyst: Portal.
  • Catalyst Leaders Guidelines
  • For inquiries, please contact International.Applications@royalsociety.org.nz