Leadership Network
Travel Fund

The Leadership Network Travel Fund supports members with travel to attend opportunities that will help with their studies, leadership, professional development, or building of Asian expertise and networks.

About the fund

Travel Fund contributions are up to $1500 per grant and cover reimbursement of costs associated with travel, i.e. airfare or ground travel, or for accommodation if transport is provided by a host.

The Travel Fund is not for living expenses, travel insurance or any other incidental costs.

Please note that applications must be made in advance of the event and worked around the deadline dates.  Retrospective funding cannot be provided.

The Travel Fund helps to:

  • support network members’ professional development
  • increase network members’ Asia knowledge and skills
  • equip members to contribute to national/international networks and events
  • support members participating in workshops and conferences.

The latest application round has now closed


Applicants must:

  • be current members of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network
  • be actively engaged in the network or with the Foundation
  • give sound reasons for applying for the Travel Fund.


To apply for the Leadership Network Travel Fund, you must submit a completed travel fund application form outlining clearly your reasons for applying for funding. If applicable, a scanned or PDF version of proof of attendance/invitation must also be submitted.

Please note that you must be a member of the Foundation's Leadership Network to be eligible for this funding.

We recommend that before you start filling in the form you take the time to read through it so you know what is expected.

Once you have submitted your form you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive this email, please contact us: [email protected]


Selection process

There are 10 grants of up to $1500 to give out per year at the discretion of the Leadership Network's panel.  If in any intake there are no candidates of sufficient merit, no grants will be made.

All applications will be assessed by a panel which will include staff from the Asia New Zealand Foundation and current members of the Leadership Network Advisory Board.

Applications will be assessed at a Leadership Network Advisory Board meeting every four months.

Successful applicants will be required to sign an agreement for funding which will specify the conditions of their grant.

Successful applicants advised week beginning 6 April 2020.

Travel fund frequently asked questions

What type of opportunities will you fund?
The Travel Fund is to support members with travel to attend opportunities that will help further their study, leadership, professional development or building of Asian expertise and networks. Opportunities need to align with the mission of the Network and the Foundation.

What can I use the money for?
Travel Fund funding can be used to cover costs associated with travel (including airfares or ground travel), or for accommodation if transport is provided by a host. You will be required to provide the Foundation a financial record of how the funding was used.

What if I have funding from other sources?
It is likely you will have multiple sources of funding to support your opportunity. We request that you disclose what other funding you have available, especially any that might also cover your travel expenses. If you receive additional funding to cover your expenses after your Travel Fund application has been successful, we expect you to let us know. Please respect that we have limited funds to share among network members, and double dipping limits what your fellow members can achieve.

I’ve received funding from the Travel Fund in the past, can I apply again?
Yes, you can apply. There are no restrictions on how many times you can apply for the funding.

Last time I applied I was rejected, can I apply again?
Yes, we encourage you to apply for any opportunity that meets the requirements of the fund. If you are re-applying for the same opportunity, we recommend that you request feedback to be clear as to why your initial application was unsuccessful.  

What if I don’t spend all the money?
Any unspent funds must be returned to the Foundation. A written report including a financial record of expenses must be provided to the Foundation.

How will my application be evaluated?
Your application is evaluated by a panel including Advisory Board members and Foundation staff. Applications are evaluated according to how well:

  • Your opportunity aligns to the strategic direction of the Foundation and the Network
  • Your opportunity supports your professional and/or leadership development. It is recommended to link this to your Individual Leadership Pathway
  • You will amplify your experience to the wider Network and the Foundation’s stakeholders. Supporting the Foundation with content (e.g. web stories, a write-up for the Foundation’s Asia Media Centre, or being available to present on your experience at a Network event) is a minimum requirement
  • You are actively engaged in the Network (see below)
  • You mitigate any risks (e.g. reputational, health & safety) that funding your activity might pose to the Foundation, the Network, or other participants.

How ‘actively engaged’ in the Network do I need to be?
There is no hard and fast rule on this. We take into account what has been available to you, and different ways to engage. If you have attended events in the past 12 months, tell us which ones.

If you have engaged more informally with members, let us know how. If you haven’t been able to attend the Foundation’s events, then let us know what you have been doing elsewhere to further the mission of the Network and the Foundation.

I’m new to the Network, and have only attended the induction. Can I still apply?
Yes! You’re eligible to apply for Travel Fund grants as soon as you have participated in an induction programme.

Can offshore members apply?
Absolutely. You don’t have to be travelling from New Zealand to be eligible to apply for this fund.

What responsibilities do I have if I receive the funding?
If you are a successful recipient of the travel fund grant you are required to ensure that you:

  • have appropriate visa, passport, and insurance coverage for the trip;
  • have had the appropriate vaccinations for the trip (your grant money can be used to cover this);
  • provide the Foundation with narrative and financial reporting on progress and outcomes of your opportunity within two weeks of completion;
  • share a few short email updates during the trip, and within two weeks of returning an article the Foundation can promote on the website with photos; and
  • acknowledge the support you have received from the Foundation in any promotional activities (verbal or written), and share links with the Foundation.


Still have a question?

Get in touch at [email protected] or contact any current member of the Advisory Board. You can reach the current Leadership Network board chair at [email protected].