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Information for those applying for a James Cook Research Fellowship

The James Cook Research Fellowships, administered by the Royal Society Te Apārangi on behalf of the New Zealand Government, are awarded to researchers who have the requisite qualifications and experience and are able to demonstrate that they have achieved national and international recognition in their area of scientific research. The fellowships allow them to concentrate on their chosen research for two years without the additional burden of administrative and teaching duties.

The funding package annually is $100,000 plus GST and up to $10,000 plus GST in relevant expenses. It is expected that a major piece of research will be undertaken that will benefit New Zealand and advance research in the particular science.

The James Cook Research Fellowship Terms of Reference are available as a PDF

Current status

The 2020 funding round will open on Thursday 19 March.

Changes for 2020

  • The selection criteria and application form have been revised and updated;
  • More guidance provided for Vision Mātauranga, along with links to resources. All applicants are required to write a Vision Mātauranga statement, even if you decide it is not applicable (provide a rationale for this decision).
  • The Royal Society Te Apārangi is one of the data providers for the upcoming New Zealand Research Information System (NZRIS). We have introduced several new data elements for each proposal, which will form data to be collected in the future as part of NZRIS.

Please read the 2020 guidelines, which have now been published.

For all queries and submissions, please contact:  james.cook@royalsociety.org.nz