Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
closed
Award Code
13101-NZ
Activity Type
Research
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Teaching
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
Teaching/Research
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Artists
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Professionals
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Approximately
4
Award Start Period
February 2024
Award Length
3 months - 5 months
Flex Option
No
Country
New Zealand
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Scholars must be based full-time at a New Zealand institution to teach, conduct research or undertake a project combining both activities. Teaching activities can include teaching original material, teaching an existing course, presenting workshops and seminars, and supervising graduate-level students.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. 

To support this mission, applicants should demonstrate how they will interact with and contribute professionally and personally to their host institution as well as their wider New Zealand community to maximize their Fulbright experience. 

Scholars are expected to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host country community, in addition to their primary research or teaching activities. In line with this, scholars are expected to deliver one or more lectures/seminars at New Zealand higher education or research institutions and to participate fully in any activities arranged by Fulbright New Zealand.

Locations Detail

Eligible institutions include universities, non-profit organizations, government agencies, cultural and medical institutions, as well as research organizations and think tanks.

Award Length and Period

Three to five months

Grants must begin in February 2024. 

Areas of Interest

Applications in all disciplines will be considered. It is expected that projects will be of bilateral value, and that benefits and relevance to the US will be articulated within an application. However, particular preference will be given to projects of significant value or benefit to New Zealand, projects of significant interest and value to scholars in New Zealand, and projects which require access to specific individuals, materials, or institutions unique to New Zealand.

Please note, comparative projects will be assessed carefully for their merit and rigor and must be of the highest caliber. This is particularly important with regards to the value of the proposed project to New Zealand, and for any research-related or relevant to Māori and other minority populations.

Special Features

Fulbright East Asia Pacific Regional Travel Program

As conditions allow, Fulbright Scholars in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region may have the opportunity to apply for funds to support short-term (3-14 days) travel to other countries in the EAP region for activities such as lectures, workshops, graduate or faculty seminars, master classes or recitals, curricular advising, or panel presentations. EAP Regional Travel Program funding covers transportation only. Regional Travel Program activities/host sites should not be included in the initial Fulbright application. Scholars may start the process of seeking out invitations for short-term activities in other EAP countries once notified that they have been selected for a Fulbright grant but will only be able to apply for travel program funds, conditions permitting, once they have actively started their Fulbright grant in their host country. Scholars on Flex grants are not eligible for the regional travel grant.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching and/or research will be in English; additional language proficiency is not required.

Additional Qualification Information

While a Ph.D. (or equivalent terminal degree) is required for academic applicants, applicants with equivalent professional/artistic training or experience (recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishment) may apply. For those applicants with Ph.D.-equivalent professional or artistic training and/or experience, but without a terminal degree, please email the East Asia and the Pacific Team with your resume to confirm eligibility. Preference will be given to mid-late career applicants, with a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/artistic experience as described above.

Those with dual United States-New Zealand citizenship, who are a permanent resident of New Zealand, or who are currently living in New Zealand are not eligible for the Fulbright Program with New Zealand.

Following the peer review process, short-listed candidates may be contacted by the New Zealand Commission for a web/teleconference interview.

Additional Comments

If you intend to reside in New Zealand longer than the grant period (excluding holiday or travel time), you must include details about this in your application.

A mandatory Fulbright orientation will be held in New Zealand at the beginning of February.

Research Involving Māori

Māori are the tangata whenua of New Zealand. As a Treaty partner and a priority population, it is critical that candidates proposing research involving or relevant to Māori demonstrate cultural sensitivity in their application, propose a project that is respectful of Tikanga Māori, and preference amongst proposals on this subject may be given to candidates with experience developing projects in similar contexts.

Such candidates must be familiar with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. Candidates proposing a project related to Māori must discuss with their proposed host institution the relevant policies and procedures in place related to consultations with Māori. Both items should be addressed within the Fulbright application.

Fulbright New Zealand specifically requests that under no circumstances applicants reach out to Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga about project ideas, without first having spoken to Fulbright New Zealand about the appropriateness of the project.

                                                                                      

Award Allowances
  • International travel of NZ$4,000 (US$2700) for the grantee and NZ$3,000 (US$2026) for one dependent;
  • Stipend of NZ$4,000 (US$2700) per month for the scholar and up to one dependent, for 3-5 months;
  • A family allowance of NZ$500 (US$337) per month for two or more dependents

These entitlements are set on the basis that scholars will receive financial assistance in the form of paid leave and/or research grants during their award. Higher stipend entitlements will be provided to scholars not receiving financial assistance in the form of paid leave and/or research grants during their award. Exact entitlements will depend on individual circumstances. The maximum possible stipend is NZ$6,000 (US$4052) per month. The scholar is also entitled to the family allowance (if applicable) and travel entitlements as stated above.

Scholars are responsible for arranging their own housing and may contact their host institution's accommodation or international office for assistance. 

Note: USD equivalent rates will fluctuate depending on current exchange rates, and are indicative only. Conversions listed here are based on exchange rate 1 USD = 1.48 NZD.

 

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Travel allowance: NZ$4,000 (US$2700) for travel between the United States and New Zealand

Travel allowance for one dependent: NZ$3,000 (US$2026)

Note: USD equivalent rates will fluctuate depending on current exchange rates, and are indicative only. Conversions listed here are based on exchange rate 1 USD = 1.48 NZD.

Additional Dependent Benefits

Dependents who will be enrolled in the New Zealand public school system in grades K-12 will pay the same tuition fees as domestic students.

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Special Award Benefits
  • Participation in an orientation program hosted by Fulbright New Zealand during grantees' stay in New Zealand;
  • A basic health benefit plan covering a maximum of US$100,000 per sickness or injury

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

New Zealand

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Located in the South West Pacific Ocean, New Zealand (or Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud) is known to be one of the most picturesque and welcoming places on earth. An English-speaking small island nation of just over 5 million people, New Zealand is home to vibrant modern cities and some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes - from vast mountain ranges to steaming volcanoes, ancient forests, and breathtaking coastlines.

New Zealand has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting a unique mix of Māori, European, Pacific and Asian cultures. New Zealand's Māori culture is an integral part of ‘Kiwi’ life. Māori are the tangata whenua, the indigenous people of New Zealand and their history, language, and traditions are central to New Zealand’s identity. 

New Zealand is recognised internationally for its world-class education system, thriving industries, thought leadership, arts and culture, and unique natural environment making it the ideal destination for scholars across a wide range of disciplines. New Zealand is an innovation hub, powered by a diverse and dynamic population, known for their resourcefulness and creative problem-solving.

Fulbright Scholars in all disciplines are welcomed to undertake unique projects that are of benefit and interest to both New Zealand and the United States.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

Information about previous Fulbright U.S. Scholar alumni can be found on the award listing on the Fulbright New Zealand website, under 'previous grantees' here

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.