research grants

The Foundation supports contemporary and forward-thinking postgraduate and academic research projects or programmes relating to Asia with grants of up to $3000.

We are looking for research projects that help grow New Zealand’s understanding of Asia in key policy areas, such as:

  • regional and international trade
  • international law
  • defence / security
  • cyber, technology and innovation
  • environment
  • international relations and diplomacy.

The next application round opens 3 June 2024 and closes 30 July

Round Two 2024 opens 1 October and closes 2 December

We will endeavor to provide applicants with a decision about their application within eight weeks of the closing date of the most recent application round.

Proposals should include

Proposals should include:
  • clear and sound research questions and arguments
  • anticipated outcomes and key outputs
  • a detailed budget for grant proceeds - setting out anticipated travel, accommodation, fieldwork and research expenses (tuition fees will not be covered).

Terms and conditions

On completion of their research, successful applicants will provide:
  • a financial report of relevant expenditure
  • a 700-1000-word article (with photos) relating to the research that may be published on our website.
Other conditions:
  • Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or New Zealand permanent residents.
  • Applications for retrospective funding will not be considered.

Read the Foundation's full terms and conditions for grantees (applicable where relevant) 

Asia-related research and fieldwork need not be tied to completion of a specific degree/qualification - one-off projects/programmes will also be considered.

How to apply

The next application round opens 3 June 2024 and closes 30 July


For more information, please contact Dr James To, senior adviser (Research and Engagement):