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About Ngā Puanga Pūtaiao Fellowships

Te putanga reo Māori

Ngā Puanga Pūtaiao is part of the Expanding the Impact of Vision Mātauranga initiatives that aim to attract and grow Māori talent in the research, science and innovation system, enable Māori to better navigate and participate in this system and fund Māori-led research, science and innovation.

Current status

The application portal for Ngā Puanga Pūtaiao Fellowships is now closed.


The objective of the Fellowship is to invest in Māori and Pacific Peoples to establish careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research and to grow the network of Māori and Pacific Peoples in the research, science and innovation (RSI) system. The Fellowship will facilitate Māori and Pacific Peoples who are future leaders in STEM research to enter into or progress through the RSI workforce, building a career foundation that enables them to flourish.

Funding available

Fellowships are awarded on 0.8 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) basis, unless otherwise agreed by the Society.

Two types of Fellowship will be awarded, early-career Fellowships (0-6 years post-PhD research experience) and mid-career Fellowships (7-15 years post-PhD research experience), with both Fellowship types having a four-year term.



Early-career Fellowship

Mid-career Fellowship


0-6 year post-PhD

7-15 years post-PhD

Contribution to researcher’s salary (per annum)



Contribution to Host organisation overheads (per annum)



Research related expenses (per annum)



Total award




To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be either New Zealand citizens, or permanent residents, unless otherwise agreed by the Society.
  • whakapapa Māori, declare as identifying as Pacific ethnicity, or both.
  • have a PhD conferred on or after 01 January 2008, or have completed all requirements for their degree to be conferred at the time of application. The eligibility period for PhD conferral may be extended under the following scenarios at the discretion of the Society:
    • Extended sickness leave.
    • Part-time employment or career interruptions as a result of care giving responsibilities.
    • To account for work or service in the community or an industry.
    • Otherwise agreed by the Society.
  • propose a research project under the Fellowship that relates to a STEM subject. The field(s) of clinical medical research are ineligible (e.g., practising medical, dental, psychological or nurse graduates).
  • commence their programme of research within six months of the award notification, unless otherwise agreed by the Society.
  • be supported by a New Zealand-based research organisation, with a supporting declaration that affirms that:
    • The applicant satisfies the eligibility criteria.
    • The applicant has good potential to develop and progress their career in STEM research.
    • The applicant is not permanently employed in a research position or employed on a fixed-term basis for a period that exceeds the Fellowship term, and the host will employ the applicant for the duration of the Fellowship.
    • The host will facilitate the provision of support and facilities that will enable the applicant to succeed in their Fellowship for the duration of the Fellowship.