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Current open call

Catalyst: Leaders July 2021 Call is open from Thursday 29 July

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Royal Society Te Apārangi has opened the July 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





Supports excellent PhD students and/or young researchers to attend the HOPE meetings with Nobel Laureates in Japan

5 days


Flights, accommodation, and meeting registration

Up to 3



  • 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 from Thursday 29 July.
  • Closing Date: Thursday 21 October 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