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Current open call

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

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

Julius von Haast Fellowship Award





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 for Fellow

$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 from Thursday 29 April.
  • Closing Date: Thursday 15 July 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