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.

Applications are now being accepted. The latest round closes 30 July 2024

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

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

Proposals must indicate (briefly) the current state of research knowledge relating to their topic and how the proposal extends that knowledge.

  • All sections of the research grants application form must be completed and the full supporting documentation attached.
  • Instructions on how to fill out the application form appear alongside questions in the form.
  • Incomplete application forms will not be considered. Use the checklist at the end of the form to make sure your application is complete.

To apply, please fill in our online application form

Before you start filling in the form, go through it to make sure you have all the required information and documents.

Once you have filled in the form and pushed submit, please do not leave the page until you see 'Thankyou for you submission'.

When you submit your application, a confirmation email will be sent to you including a copy of your completed form and submitted documents. If you do not receive this, please contact

Note: You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident to apply for a research grant.

Applications close 30 July 2024


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