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New Zealand Aid Programme Awards for Postgraduate Field Research


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), is making available Postgraduate Field Research Awards to assist Masters and Doctoral students meet a proportion of their travel expenses and associated costs in carrying out field research in developing countries.


The goal of the Awards is to support research by New Zealand students on development issues of relevance to the New Zealand Aid Programme and to foster capacity (development field knowledge and research skills) of future New Zealand development professionals.


To be eligible to apply for an award applicants must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • be undertaking the research as part of a New Zealand based Master’s degree or Doctorate.
  • be undertaking the research in a developing country (or multiple countries) listed in the Eligible Research Locations and Themes document.
  • be undertaking the research for a minimum period of four weeks in the award year.
  • have received (or will receive prior to commencement) university ethics approval to conduct the research.
  • have received (or will receive prior to commencement) approval to conduct research from the appropriate government authorities of the country in which research will be conducted.

Number and Value

The number of awards available in any year will be determined by MFAT.

The value of an award is:

-      up to NZ$4,000 for research as part of a Master’s programme

-      up to NZ$6,000 for research as part of a Doctoral programme.

Closing Date

1 February at 5pm


Decisions made

As soon as possible after the closing date

Last modified: December 3rd, 2015