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NPM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori

Grant Status: 
Opening and Closing Dates: 
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 16:00 to Friday, August 3, 2018 - 17:00

Applications are now closed fore 2018


Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) is committed to building Māori research capability and capacity and improving Māori research career pathways, and in particular in te reo me ngā tikanga Māori. A new and further NPM Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PDRF) has been created that will contribute towards this goal.

The PDRF is a two-year full-time position and will support an outstanding Māori graduate who has recently completed a doctoral degree, and is committed to conducting and supporting research that contributes to NPM’s vision of “Māori leading New Zealand into the future” and to our te reo me ngā tikanga Māori research programme.

The proposed postdoctoral research must align to NPM’s Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori research programme, which seeks to increase and enhance the revitalisation and normalisation of te reo me ngā tikanga within research settings, communities and society.

Note that your proposed PDRF research will need to align with our overarching programme of Te Reo me ngā Tikanga Māori, which seeks to increase the revitalisation and normalisation of te reo me ngā tikanga throughout all our research settings, networks and communities.

The successful NPM PDRF applicants will be based at one of NPM's partner institutions. It is expected that they will be supervised by NPM researcher(s) from the host institution where the PDRF is located. Additionally, they will be mentored by at least one member of the NPM Research Leadership Team (RLT).

In addition to pursuing an innovative research project, the NPM PDRF applicants will be expected to contribute to, and participate in, the goals and activities of NPM including relevant theme priorities. The nature of this commitment will be negotiated with the successful applicants, in conjunction with the relevant supervisor(s) and NPM RLT members.


  • The NPM PDRFs will have a value of up to $80,000 salary per annum plus any reasonable salary associated costs (for example, ACC and superannuation). Note, no institutional overheads will be granted with NPM PDRFs as per NPM policy.
  • The NPM PDRFs will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 per year for research expenses.


  • Applications for NPM Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to individuals with a proven track record of academic excellence.
  • Applicants should be New Zealand citizens or hold residency in New Zealand at the time of application and be of Māori descent.
  • Applicants must hold a Doctor of Philosophy or an equivalent degree. However, applications will be accepted from persons who have submitted their thesis but have not yet received results of their thesis examination. If their PDRF application is successful, the award and commencement of the Fellowship will be conditional on awarding of the degree.
  • Applicants would normally have received their doctoral degree in the past 5 years.
  • The successful applicants must take up the fellowship by 1 November 2018 but ideally earlier.


Assessment of NPM PDRFs will be made in accordance with these selection criteria:

(a) Demonstration of academic excellence;
(b) Innovation and transformation potential of the research project;
(c) Alignment of research project to to NPM’s Te Reo me Ngā Tikanga Māori rangahau programme;
(d) Feasibility of completing the research project within two years;
(e) Commitment to engaging with Māori communities in the research design, conduct and outcomes of the research project.
(f) Understanding of how the PDRF will contribute to the Fellow’s professional development.
(g) Ability to work as part of a team and contribute to, and participate in, the goals and activities of NPM.
(h) Ability to support and contribute to one or more of the NPM research themes, including being able to work with members of the NPM Research Leadership Team.

Applications: Applications open on 15 June 2018 and close at 5.00pm on 3 August 2018.

All applications are to be made via the online application form below. The application details and templates required for this submission are outlined in the PDRF Guidelines Template. Please ensure you download the NPM PDRF Application Template, complete this and upload with your application also.

Applicants must include with their application:

- Academic transcript

  • A full academic transcript from your institution of study must be uploaded

- Referees

  • List three referees, with one being your Doctoral supervisor. Upload their referee reports/letter (referee reports must note how long and in what capacity the referee has known you)

- Host institutional support

  • Please ensure this application has the approval and support of your host institution (an NPM partner). 
  • Signed approval from the Dean of the Faculty or Head of Department you intend to be based at is required and must be uploaded with the application

You should allow one month for the application selection process to take place after the advertised closing date.

Selected applicants should expect to participate in an interview and discussion about their application as part of the assessment process. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application at the earliest opportunity.

EMAIL ENQUIRIES – to Jane Rangiwahia in the first instance or phone 09 923 8406.