research grants

The Foundation supports talented postgraduate students to apply for a scholarship of up to $3000 to help with research into Asia-related themes.

The grants are aimed at supporting new research and domestic fieldwork, which will in turn promote debate and discussion on matters relating to Asia and New Zealand, with implications for foreign and trade/economic policy.

For information about the next application round, contact senior advisor research and engagement James To.

Possible themes

Possible themes include:

  • Foreign policy
  • international relations
  • regional security and defence
  • international and maritime law
  • interfaith issues, cyber and digital policy
  • traditional and non-traditional security challenges
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • multilateralism
  • regional environmental issues
  • NZ-Asia trade policy issues
  • transnational economic integration (e.g. value chains and production networks)
  • governance and regulation (e.g. SOEs, government procurement, labour and investment flows), political systems (e.g. democracy, communism) and attitudes.

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

Applications are currently not being accepted for Postgraduate Research Grants 


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