NPM grant Type


The Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Māori (NPM) Futures Programme supports promising Māori senior undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral students as a means to growing an expert and capable Māori researcher workforce for Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme is about growing tomorrow’s Māori research leaders who are able to set and pursue strong research directions to produce knowledge foundational to building a flourishing future for Māori. Our PhD Scholarship grant is a successful and long-standing strategy that NPM uses to achieve this goal. Some of our earlier recipients have successfully completed doctoral and post-doctoral studies; joined impactful research teams in the National Science Challenges; found academic or professional research roles in organisations like Universities and Crown Research Institutions; or founded their own research consultancies. Ours is an excellent programme.




The NPM PhD Scholarship grant is for Māori students who are enrolled, or intend to enrol, in a PhD Doctoral programme at any NPM tertiary education partner entity. The scholarship will provide financial assistance, by way of a non-taxable stipend and contribution to course fees, and ongoing support through participation in the NPM Māori Futures Programme. The PhD doctoral student will progress their PhD thesis and research that aligns to the NPM Matakitenga research programme and contribute to the mission of NPM, that is, to create the foundations for flourishing Māori futures. All recipients of the NPM PhD Doctoral scholarship award are expected to participate in NPM professional excellence activities, Te Kupenga o MAI, the biennial International Indigenous Research Conference, and NPM researcher wānanga. Successful applicants will join a high performing and high impact multi-institutional transdisciplinary team of NPM Māori researchers situated across Aotearoa. All are working towards creating the foundations for flourishing Māori futures. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an effort to bring about transformative change for a better future.


The lead applicant must be a high achieving Māori PhD Doctoral student who is currently enrolled, or intends to enrol, at an NPM tertiary education Partner institution to undertake PhD Doctoral research. Their research must align with the NPM Matakitenga research framework.


The scholarship is for a two-year duration and completion date is expected to be on or before 1st January 2027.


The award includes a stipend of $33,000 per annum, for two years. Successful applicants will be entitled to complimentary registration for the NPM Biennial International Indigenous Research Conference and NPM professional excellence activities. We expect to support a total of 10 PhD scholarship awards in this round. 




  1. Cover Letter (Word doc)*
  2. Completed 2023 NPM PhD Scholarship Application Form (Word doc)
  3. Academic Transcript (PDF)
  4. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
  5. Letter of reference from an academic staff member

*Your cover letter should include the following: 

  1. Your commitment to working in the Māori world and your intended career trajectory.
  2. Previous NPM activities you have engaged in, in particular your participation and contribution to Te Kupenga o MAI.
  3. What the scholarship would mean to you, the difference it will make and how the scholarship would support your PhD. 


Applications must be submitted through the NPM online application portal.