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Catalyst: Leaders Paenga-whāwhā April 2023 Call is now open.

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Royal Society Te Apārangi has opened the Paenga-whāwhā April 2023 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.

Funding Available



Brief Description


NZ$ Funding 
(excl. GST)

Awards available per call

Julius von Haast Fellowship 





Supports an internationally recognised researcher from Germany to undertake research in New Zealand for a minimum of 4 weeks per year 3 years Per annum:

$20,000 Salary support 

$20,000 Research support

$10,000 Host admin

Up to 1


  • 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 20 Hōngongoi July 2023, 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