research grants

Each year, the Asia New Zealand Foundation offers three postgraduate research grants of $5,000.

About the grants

The Foundation invites talented postgraduate students to apply for grants to conduct research into contemporary issues in the Asian region.  The grants are aimed at supporting new research, which will in turn promote debate and discussion on matters relating to Asia and New Zealand, with implications for foreign and trade/economic policy.

Applications close 31 July

Possible themes

Possible themes include:

  • international relations, regional security and defence, international and maritime law, interfaith issues, security challenges, or regional environmental issues
  • trade policy issues in Asia, transnational economic integration (e.g. value chains and production networks), governance and regulation (e.g. SOEs, government procurement, labour and investment flows)

Who can apply

Eligible applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents undertaking postgraduate research at any tertiary institution who needs supplementary support for overseas fieldwork undertaken as part of the degree/qualification
  • Undertaking new research (i.e. not already duplicating work that is already done).

Any individual that meets the criteria above is eligible to apply. Priority will be given to applicants who can demonstrate their ability to plan and undertake activities effectively and can accurately account for how the funds will be spent.

Terms and conditions

Capital purchases, conference attendance, or similar costs are not generally funded. Where these costs are likely to be incurred during the proposed research, the applicant should contact the Foundation to discuss acceptable options prior to submitting the proposal.

Grant recipients are required to:

  • agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients
  • provide reports on their experience, and to seek opportunities to share their experience on their return to New Zealand, and to remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Please read the Terms and Conditions carefully and only apply for this opportunity if you are confident that you can comply with them.

How to apply

To apply, please fill in our online application form.

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.

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


For more information, please contact:

Dr James To, senior adviser (Research and Engagement), Asia New Zealand Foundation
[email protected]
Asia New Zealand Foundation
PO Box 10 144, Wellington 6143