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James Cook Research Fellowship Guidelines for Applicants

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Proposal guidelines

The 2020 guidelines are available as a PDF: James Cook Research Fellowships Proposal Guidelines for APPLICANTS

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. If Vision Mātauranga is not applicable to an application, applicants must tick N/A AND provide a rationale for this decision under section 3 of the application.
  • 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.


The James Cook Research Fellowships are recognised as one of the premier awards for scientific and technological research. The primary intention of the award of fellowships is the recognition of sustained excellence in research. They 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 research.

Please note that successful applicants will be required to take up their fellowships within a year of appointment.  Applicants must:

  • be either New Zealand citizens or applicants who have continuously resided in New Zealand for at least three months prior to their application and hold, or are deemed to hold, a New Zealand resident visa.
  • be associated with a New Zealand-based research institution that can provide the appropriate support and facilities to enable the applicant to succeed in their fellowship for the full duration of the fellowship.

Research categories

James Cook Research Fellowships are available from time to time in each of the following categories:

  • Biological sciences (including biotechnology)
  • Engineering sciences and technologies
  • Health sciences
  • Physical sciences (including chemical sciences; geosciences, mathematical and information sciences)
  • Social sciences (including research of relevance to peoples of New Zealand and/or the South-west Pacific) 

These categories and the descriptions following each should be read to be inclusive rather than exclusive. The intention is for the five categories to cover all areas of scientific and technological research.

In the 2020 round, the Society is offering Fellowships for:

  • Biological sciences (including biotechnology)
  • Engineering sciences and technologies
  • Social sciences (including research of relevance to peoples of New Zealand and/or the South-west Pacific)

Selection criteria

James Cook Research Fellows will be selected on the basis of their research knowledge, skills, and ideas, their ability to demonstrate that they have achieved national and international recognition in their area of research expertise, quality of the proposed research project, and, the applicant’s ability to communicate their research to the public. Fellowships need not be specifically targeted at any topic area but should be of potential benefit and relevance to Aotearoa New Zealand.

Applications will be assessed in their particular categories by assessment panels, the members of which will represent a broad range of disciplines. Panel recommendations must be ratified by the James Cook Research Fellowship Selection Committee, chaired by the Governor-General of New Zealand, and consisting of the President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and the Chair of the Academy Executive Committee of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

The three selection criteria, and the relative weighting for each criterion, are:

1.  Research calibre of the applicant (60%)

a) applicant's research knowledge, skills, and ideas

b) evidence of applicant’s national and international standing

2.  Quality of the research project (25%)

a) merit of the proposed research

b) robust nature of the research based on a sound theoretical and methodological framework

c) indication of how the research advances the discipline or breaks new ground

d) where relevant, the relation of the research to the themes of Vision Mātauranga and broader engagement with Māori

3.  Outreach and communication (15%)

a) proposed communication of the research findings both scholarly and more broadly to the Aotearoa New Zealand public.

b) expectation that the research outcomes will generate national media coverage

c) highlight other opportunities to engage the public in Aotearoa New Zealand

Additional rules

  • Former successful applicants may not apply for a second fellowship.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply in the next application round.
  • No feedback will be provided to unsuccessful applicants.
  • Employment outside the host organisation is not permitted.
  • Every fellowship shall be tenable at a university or other research institution or organisation approved by the Society.
  • The term of the fellowship will be for two years.
  • The tenure of every fellowship shall commence on the date on which the Fellow enters upon his/her programme of research.
  • The fellowship will be made by way of a standard contract between the Fellow, their host institution and the Royal Society Te Apārangi.
  • The nominated host institution must undertake to support the researcher and the work described in the application for the duration of the fellowship by providing the necessary intellectual and administrative support.
  • The Fellow will work full-time as a researcher on the research project (except where otherwise agreed with the Society).
  • The normal conditions of employment in the host organisation shall apply to the Fellow.
  • Co-tenure: The fellowship shall not be tenable with other fellowships or other potentially conflicting commitments, except with the written permission of the Society.
  • The James Cook Research Fellowship and the Royal Society Te Apārangi should be acknowledged in any written or published material produced as a result of research undertaken in the course of the Fellowship, by using the phrase, “Supported by the James Cook Research Fellowships from Government funding, administered by the Royal Society Te Apārangi” or similar wording.

Application closing date and Timetable

The closing date for applications is Thursday 7 May 2020, at 5pm New Zealand Standard Time (NZST).



Thursday, 19 March

Online portal opens

Thursday, 7 May

Online portal closes, 5pm NZST

Thursday, 11 June

Deadline for referee reports to be submitted, 5pm NZST

Tuesday, 23 June

Proposals and referee reports sent to panellists

Friday, 24 July

Deadline for panellist’s scores to be submitted, 5pm

Early to mid-August

Video-conference for panels

October (TBC)

Fellows announced

Guidelines for completing the proposal sections

The proposals are to be submitted on the James Cook Research Fellowship online portal. Researchers need to contact their host institution’s research office to obtain their login and application number for the portal.

Researchers should write their proposals directly into the portal using the forms and templates provided. The online portal may also be used to save and print the entire document for checking and for your own records.

The layout of the entire application on the online portal is automatic. The limit on space in all sections of the downloadable templates should be adhered to and the typeface should be 12 point, Times or of similar size font, single spacing, with margins of 2 cm on the left and 2 cm on the right sides of the page. Instructions may be removed, but not the margins. No additional pages or attachments will be accepted other than where requested or required.

When you have received your logon to the online portal, a unique application number will automatically be generated at the top of each page of the application form, along with your name and initials.

1              Identification

This section is for personal details.  If any of your contact details should change at any stage after the proposal is submitted, please inform the Society as soon as possible.


There is a facility in this section of the portal for applicants to add or create an ORCID ID. An ORCID ID is preferred from all applicants, but is not mandatory.  Please click on the "Create or Connect your ORCID ID" button on the top right of the "Contact Details" section and follow instructions.

2              Research Area

This section relates directly to the programme of research that you are proposing to undertake.


Please select the most appropriate panel to assess your application:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Engineering sciences and technologies
  • Social sciences (including research of relevance to peoples of New Zealand and/or the South-west Pacific)
Fields of research (FOR) classification, and type of research activity:

The FOR classification allows research and development (R&D) activity to be categorised according to the field of research. In this respect, it is the methodology used in the R&D that is being considered.  Please enter up to THREE 6-digit codes, using codes that are as specific as possible. For a list of codes, please refer to the Field of Research Calculator at:


NEW: As part of our NZRIS obligations (see “Changes” earlier), we will be required to report the share of each FOR code to the proposed research. Please indicate the % share of each FOR code to the proposed research. The shares should add up to 100%. Please also give key words or key phrases of no more than 255 characters in total, in a single list (separated by commas or semi-colons; please avoid using the return key).

Socio-economic objectives (SEO)

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) SEO classification allows R&D activity in Australia and New Zealand to be categorised according to the intended purpose or outcome of the research rather than the processes or techniques used in order to achieve this objective. Please choose up to THREE codes from the drop-down field, using codes that are as specific as possible. Please also indicate the % share of each SEO code to the proposed research. The shares should add up to 100%. For a list of codes, please refer to the Socio-Economic Objectives Calculator at:


Please also indicate project key words or phrases not exceeding 255 characters in total (separated by commas or semi-colons; please do not use the return key).

Type of Research Activity – NEW for 2020

Collection of research activity data for James Cook Research Fellowship proposals will form part of our reporting obligations for NZRIS (see “Changes” earlier). The default setting on the portal for each proposal is “Basic” and set to 100%. This can be changed if required. If no change is required, no action is needed.

The four activities are:

  • Pure basic research (Default setting for James Cook Research Fellowship): is experimental and theoretical work undertaken to acquire new knowledge without looking for long term benefits other than the advancement of knowledge.
  • Strategic basic research: is experimental and theoretical work undertaken to acquire new knowledge directed into specified broad areas in the expectation of practical discoveries. It provides the broad base of knowledge necessary for the solution of recognised practical problems.
  • Applied research: is original work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge with a specific application in view. It is undertaken either to determine possible uses for the findings of basic research or to determine new ways of achieving some specific and predetermined objectives.
  • Experimental development is systematic work, using existing knowledge gained from research or practical experience, which is directed to producing new materials, products, devices, policies, behaviours or outlooks; to installing new processes, systems and services; or to improving substantially those already produced or installed.

3              Vision Mātauranga themes

Vision Mātauranga is a policy about innovation, opportunity and the creation of knowledge that highlights the potential contribution of Māori knowledge, resources and people.

Applicants should identify which, if any, of the four Vision Mātauranga themes below are associated with the proposed research. If this is not applicable to your proposed research, you must tick N/A AND provide a BRIEF rationale for this decision. (For further information on Vision Mātauranga please see Section 10.)

The four themes are:

  • Indigenous Innovation, which involves contributing to economic growth through distinctive research and development;
  • Taiao, which is concerned with achieving environmental sustainability through iwi and hapū relationships with land and sea;
  • Hauora/Oranga, which centres around improving health and social wellbeing; and
  • Mātauranga, which involves exploring indigenous knowledge.

Please note that Vision Mātauranga is included as a selection criterion (2d):

  • Where relevant, proposals should consider the relation of the research to the themes of Vision Mātauranga and how the project will engage with Māori.

If one or more themes do apply, up to one additional page will be available for Vision Mātauranga to be more easily integrated into the conceptual framework and/or research design. A Vision Mātauranga statement must be included (in Section 10) for all research that has relevance for Māori.

NEW: Collection of the % contribution of each Vision Mātauranga theme to the proposed research will form part of our reporting obligations for NZRIS (see “Changes” earlier). If you have ticked one or more Vision Mātauranga themes, please consider each theme one at a time. Indicate the proportion of the proposed research that aligns with that theme. Note that it is possible for the combined total to be over 100% (for example, if the proposed research is entirely Mātauranga and also has a Hauora/Oranga theme, the contributions could be 100% and 10% respectively).

4              Curriculum Vitæ

To assist the panel in assessing your calibre as a researcher, please upload an up to date curriculum vitæ. Please use the NZ RS&T-CV template available on the online portal. Only sections PART 1 through to PART 2a are required to be completed.

5              Programme title

Provide a title that describes the nature of your proposed programme of research. The title of your proposal should be in plain English (not specialist scientific jargon) and no more than 30 words in length. The Royal Society Te Apārangi reserves the right to request the title be amended if it does not adequately describe the nature of the research being undertaken.

6              Summary

In approximately 300 words, please provide a summary of the whole programme of research in a form that can be understood by non-specialists. Use straightforward language, but without loss of accuracy or excessive over-simplification. This should include the essence of the research programme (i.e. encompassing the objectives, method(s) and knowledge transfer). Note that this will be made publicly available should the proposal be successful, and may be published as part of the James Cook Research Fellowship’s publicity.

If the summary contains confidential or sensitive material, please indicate this at the summary start: “This summary contains sensitive or confidential information and will be released when the contract is completed”.

Application overview – sections 7-12

The following sections 7-12 will be used to assist the panel in assessing the quality of your research calibre, the quality of the research project, and your potential outreach and communication plan.

  • If no Vision Mātauranga theme is identified in Section 10, the total page limit for sections 7-12 is SIX pages, with no set limit for each section within this.
  • If one or more Vision Mātauranga theme is identified in Section 10, the total page limit sections 7-12 is SEVEN pages, with no set limit for each section within this.

Note that it is up to the applicant to decide on how much space to allocate to each section - there is no set page requirement. Please read the definitions of these sections clearly and avoid repetition.

If you are using figures, please note this proposal is printed in black and white. An electronic version in colour is also supplied for the panellists’ reference.

7              Research calibre of the applicant

To assist the panel in assessing your research calibre, please describe your research excellence in terms of knowledge, skills, and ideas. This is where you can highlight and explain your most noteworthy research discoveries, insights or advances, and outcomes for wider communities.

Expected sources of evidence may include but are not limited to: work of outstanding originality; work that has inspired others and affected the research agenda; work in Mātauranga Māori; authorship of definitive textbooks; community engagement (e.g. work across iwi/hapū); stakeholder relationships and pathways for research uptake/knowledge transfer; external grant funding; awards, prizes or other recognition of research quality; peer esteem; contribution to research commercialisation; entrepreneurial activity; thought leadership (e.g., conceptual development of a research field internationally); direct policy facing or public engagement work, etc.

8              Background

Give a brief overview of the proposed research in plain English, and indicate how it relates to work already done, by yourself and/or others, in this field.

9              Research objective(s) and method(s)

State your proposed research objectives, methods, timetable, data sources, and, if applicable, how you plan to transfer the knowledge gained from your research.

If you identify one or more Vision Mātauranga themes in Section 3, please elaborate here how this fits in with your proposed research. For example, you may wish to discuss consultations and linkages, relevance, conceptual framework and/or proposal design, and outcomes (in addition to statements in Section 10).

10            Vision Mātauranga statement

If you identify one or more Vision Mātauranga themes in Section 3, please include discussion of these theme(s) within this section, for example, on consultation and linkages, relevance, conceptual framework and/or proposal design, and outcomes. Aspects of Vision Mātauranga relating to relevant experience can be included in Section 7 - Calibre of the applicant. Where Vision Mātauranga is appropriate to a proposal, it can contribute to the assessment of its overall excellence.

Please note that Vision Mātauranga is included as a selection criterion (2d):

  • Where relevant, proposals should consider the relation of the research to the themes of Vision Mātauranga and how the project will engage with Māori.

How do I decide whether to include a Vision Mātauranga statement in my proposal?

The five ways of conceptualising Vision Mātauranga in your research (see below) may help you decide if this applies to your project. The categories have been adapted from those on the National Science Challenge, Biological Heritage website https://bioheritage.nz/about-us/vision-matauranga/ hosted by Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research. Please note, however, that these categories are fluid. There may well be overlap between them as in categories 2 and 3 in terms of the nature and degree of relevance to Māori, and not every point in each category need apply. The original categories were set out by MBIE in information for the Endeavour Fund c. 2015.

Ways of conceptualising Vison Mātauranga in your research

1          Research with no specific Māori component
  • No mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) is used.
  • Māori are not associated with the research process (e.g. not on any research management / advisory / governance panels, it is not inclusive of Māori land or institutions, nor the subject of any component of the research).
  • Work is not likely to be of greater direct relevance to Māori than members of any other group.
2          Research specifically relevant to Māori
  • There is specific relevance to Māori.
  • Mātauranga Māori may be used in a minor way to guide the work and its relevance to Māori.
  • It includes work that contributes to Māori aspirations and outcomes.
3          Research involving Māori
  • Mātauranga Māori may be incorporated in the project, but is not central to the project.
  • Research is specifically and directly relevant to Māori and Māori are involved in the design and/or undertaking of the research.
  • The work typically contributes to Māori (e.g., iwi / hapū, organisations) aspirations and outcomes.
4          Māori-centred research
  • The project is Māori led, and where Mātauranga Māori is used alongside other knowledges (e.g. through frameworks, models, methods, tools, etc.).
  • Kaupapa Māori research is a key focus of the project.
  • Research is typically collaborative or consultative, with direct input from stakeholders.
  • There is alignment with and contribution to Māori (e.g., iwi / hapū, organisations) aspirations.
5          Kaupapa Māori research
  • Mātauranga Māori is incorporated, used and understood, as a central focus of project and its findings.
  • Research is grounded in te ao Māori and connected to Māori philosophies and principles.
  • Research typically uses kaupapa Māori research methodologies.
  • Te reo Māori may be a central feature to this kaupapa or research activity, and key researchers have medium to high cultural fluency or knowledge of tikanga and reo.
  • The research is generally led by a Māori researcher; non-Indigenous researchers may carry out research under the guidance/mentoring of a Māori researcher.
  • Māori participation (iwi/hapū/marae/individual) is high.
  • The work contributes strongly to Māori (e.g., iwi/hapū, organisations) aspirations and outcomes and is mana enhancing.

Developing a Vision Mātauranga statement

It is important to keep in mind that there is no single approach or prescription for Vision Mātauranga: one size does not fit all and there are many possible ways of addressing Vision Mātauranga. Vision Mātauranga should not, however, be seen as an add-on, nor should it be treated as separate from the research, methods or people involved in the project. A holistic approach that considers reciprocity and relationships is therefore desirable.

Vision Mātauranga does not begin and end with your Vision Mātauranga statement. You should document how you have considered Vision Mātauranga and demonstrate applicable actions and relationships throughout the research. The following questions may be useful to consider when conceptualising and writing your project:

  • Have you co-created the research topic/issue with an iwi or Māori organisation?
  • What does working in partnership with iwi mean to you as researchers?
  • To what extent have you discussed the research with Māori partners and agreed on the methodology you will use?
  • Was there full disclosure and informed consent to the proposed research with Māori partners? How has that agreement/informed consent been agreed to?
  • What provisions have you made to ensure there is appropriate technology transfer to Māori stakeholders as the research proceeds and as findings become available towards the end of the project?
  • Are there benefits to Māori? What are they?
  • How will you share the research outcomes with Māori?
  • Is there a Tiriti o Waitangi component or requirement in your research?
  • Is the research mana enhancing?

Vision Mātauranga Resources

Below you will find a non-exhaustive list of published resources that describe, discuss, and talk about how researchers have engaged with Vision Mātauranga and kaupapa Māori research. These range from early conceptions of Vision Mātauranga to more recent frameworks. The resources underscore the diverse ways Vision Mātauranga may be approached across disciplines and methodologies.

11            Outreach and communication

Please propose a plan to communicate your research findings both scholarly and more broadly to the public of Aotearoa New Zealand. Here, you can outline how you expect your research outputs and outcomes[1] will generate national media coverage, and highlight any other opportunities to engage the public of Aotearoa New Zealand.

12            References

It is important to support these sections by means of references. Please ensure that these are not restricted to your own work. Please also ensure that the references have been published, to ensure that they are readily accessible when the proposal is being assessed. Authors must verify all references.

A guide for the reference list:

  • The list can be in 10-point type.
  • Start each reference on a new line (numbering is optional).
  • For three or more authors, list the first three names followed by "et al."
  • Ensure you include the journal name (abbreviated if desired), year of publication, volume number and page numbers.
  • Please bold your own references.

Please note the following examples created by R Siegel along with the format and punctuation (ordered in Journal, Book, Chapter in a book and Web site):

  1. Jemal A, Siegel R, Ward E, et al. Cancer Statistics, 2008. CA: Cancer J Clin 2008; 58:71-96; DOI: 10.3322/CA.2007.0010.
  2. Eifel PJ, Levenback C. American Cancer Society Atlas of Clinical Oncology: Cancer of the Female Lower Genital Tract. Hamilton, Ontario: BC Decker; (2001).
  3. Park BH, Vogelstein B. Tumor-Suppressor Genes. In: Kufe DW, Pollock RE, Weichselbaum RR, et al, eds. Cancer Medicine. 6th ed. Hamilton, Ontario: BC Decker; 2003:87-106.
  4. Health on the Net Foundation. Health on the Net Foundation code of conduct (HONcode) for medical and health Web sites. Available at: http://www.hon.ch/HONcode/Conduct.html. Accessed August 26, 2003.

13            Other Funding

Where other funding for research relevant to the proposal is being provided or sought, it must be detailed in the Other Funding worksheet.  It is appreciated that the applicant will be involved in applications to other funding sources, or have funding for related work.  This is to be encouraged.  However, to assist in the assessment of the James Cook Research Fellowships the selection panels need to be aware of other funding applied for or received.

Indicate whether non-James Cook Research Fellowship funding (e.g., Marsden Fund, HRC, CoRE, TEC, Commercial, Other) has been: (i) received; or, (ii) applied for, for this or for research relevant to this proposal.  Include information on the FTEs applied for or received from non-James Cook Research Fellowship government funding sources.

 Other funding

14            Referees

You are required to obtain two referee reports to support your application, at least one of which should be from an overseas referee.

Referees should not be involved in the proposed programme of research or be in your chain of line management. Neither should they be close colleagues, former research supervisors, co-authors, collaborators or relatives.

Referees should be capable of judging the quality of the proposed programme of research and must be able to answer all the questions asked:

  • What is your opinion of the research calibre of the applicant?
  • What is your opinion of the merit, quality and feasibility of the applicant's proposed research programme?
  • Please comment on the applicant’s outreach and communication plan.

You should approach your referees prior to the closing date to ensure they are available and willing to assist with your application through writing a referee report. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that referees submit their reports directly to the Society by 5pm, Thursday 11 June 2020 (New Zealand Standard Time), the closing date for referee reports.

There are some useful example templates for approaching referees posted on the online portal.  These are found in the Referees section and the greyed-out templates will become available after you start entering your choice of referees.

  • The “Referee Letter” button generates a template with information about the James Cook Research Fellowship scheme and a few details of your proposal – this may help with your initial approach to your referees. You may use this template if you wish.
  • Note that the “Send Email” button is only active after the closing date for applications. It is used to email the relevant information to referees that have been added to the portal after the application closing date (see below).

All referees listed by the applicant on their application will be emailed by the Society immediately after the application closing date. This is the only time we will email referees on behalf of the applicant. The referee email invite contains a URL link to a separate online portal to be used for referees to upload their reports.

Please note:

  • It is your responsibility to ensure your referees have submitted their reports to the Society by the closing date. To be eligible for a Fellowship, a complete set of referee reports must be received by the Society by 5pm, Thursday 11 June 2020 (New Zealand Standard Time).
  • If you need to add additional referees to your application after the application closing time, this can be done through logging into the portal and adding a referee to the table in the Referee section. It is important to click the “Send Email” button after adding a referee to ensure your referee is sent the application, the referee guidelines and a URL link to complete their report.
  • After the email request has been sent from the online portal by either the Society or yourself, it is prudent for you to check that the referees have received the invitation to review your application. Occasionally, email is inadvertently identified as spam and is sent to a referees ‘junk’ folder in their email client.
  • Each referee report will be treated as confidential by the Society. The Selection Panel may independently obtain reports from other people it considers competent to referee your application.
  • The online portal can be checked by applicants for notification of when the Society has received each of the referee reports.
  • If the Society receives more than two referee reports, only the first two referee reports received will be used for appraisal.
  • At the deadline for referee reports, applicants are given a 24-hour period to solicit any missing or new referee reports needed to obtain 2 referee reports and comply with the eligibility requirement.

15            Declaration

Please ensure that all information contained in the application is true and accurate.

A duly authorised agent of the host organisation and the applicant are to sign the declaration, agreeing to the listed terms and conditions.

Please note that confirmation by the host organisation of their acceptance of the programme is a precondition for your application to be assessed.

Statistical information

The Society encourages applications from all eligible members of the New Zealand research community. To monitor the profile of different groups of applicants and identify funding trends and gaps, the Society would appreciate applicants providing the information requested in this section of the online portal. Statistical information (for example, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, years since PhD) is used for statistical purposes only. It is not accessible by anyone involved in the assessment of proposals. Personally identifiable information will not be shared with third parties without your authorisation.

In order to evaluate, and assess the long-term impact of our activities, we will keep an electronic record of the information we hold about you indefinitely unless you request that your private data be destroyed.

The statistical data will be used by the Society for statistical purposes only.

If you want to verify, modify, correct or delete any private data, you should apply to the Society's Privacy Officer <privacy.officer@royalsociety.org.nz>.

For “Gender”, there is a “Gender Diverse” category in addition to Male and Female. This is in line with guidelines and categories used by Statistics New Zealand. See http://www.stats.govt.nz/methods/classifications-and-standards/classification-related-stats-standards/gender-identity.aspx for further information.


If you require further information about the James Cook Research Fellowships, please email us at james.cook@royalsociety.org.nz or phone (04) 470 5764.


[1] The Impact of Research, MBIE position paper, October 2019, https://www.mbie.govt.nz/dmsdocument/6983-the-impact-of-research-position-paper-october-2019-pdf


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2021 timetable

The following is the timeline for the James Cook Research Fellowships round for 2021.

2021 Timetable



Tuesday, 25 March

Online portal opens

Thursday, 13 May

Online portal closes, 5pm

Thursday, 17 June

Deadline for referee reports to be submitted, 5pm NZST

Tuesday, 29 June

Proposals & referee reports sent to panellists

Friday, 30 July

Deadline for panellist’s scores to be submitted, 5pm

Early to mid August

Teleconference for panels, if scores are variable


Ratification of funding recommendations

October (TBC)

Fellows announced

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Assessment panels

Applications for James Cook Research Fellowships will be assessed in their particular categories by Assessment Panels, the members of which will represent a broad range of disciplines. They will receive each proposal and a chart of applicants and will be required to score each applicant in priority listing. The 2021 panel tables will be updated as panellists are being appointed.

2021 Panels

Health Sciences

Professor Christine Winterbourn

University of Otago, Christchurch 









Physical Sciences

Professor Blair Blakie

University of Otago

Professor Alison Downard

University of Canterbury

Professor Mengjie Zhang

Victoria University of Wellington





Social Sciences

Professor Brendon Hokowhitu

University of Waikato

Professor Katie Pickles

University of Canterbury









If you require further information about the James Cook Research Fellowships, please email us at james.cook@royalsociety.org.nz or phone (04) 470 5764.

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