Fulbright New Zealand and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence are delighted to announce that Dr Will Flavell (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whatua, Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto) is the 2022 recipient of the Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award to undertake research in the US.

Dr Will Flavell from Te Atatū South, Tāmaki Makaurau will take up his award at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he will research how language, culture, and identity feature in the schooling experiences of Native American Youth.  

Will is currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau where he is Kaihautū Māori at Te Hononga Akoranga COMET and is a board member on the Henderson-Massey Local Board. 

Will says, “I was inspired to apply for a Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga award for the opportunity to undertake research in America. This award gives me the chance to work alongside Indigenous communities and to better understand some of the critical issues regarding the schooling experiences of Native American Youth. I am looking forward to strengthening networking opportunities for rangatahi Māori to interact with Native American Youth with possible future exchanges.”

The annual Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award is valued at up to US$37,500 for three to five months of teaching and/or research at US institutions.  

“Will is a gifted scholar and changemaker who is already making a significant impact here in Aotearoa. This award will enable Will to further his research, but we also know that he will bring incredible value to the students, scholars and communities that he engages with during his Fulbright tenure,” says Professor Tahu Kukutai, Co-Director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

Fulbright New Zealand Executive Director Penelope Borland says, “We are so pleased to support Will’s research into the key factors influencing the schooling experience of Native American Youth. I have no doubt that his findings will be invaluable to his ongoing research back home in Aotearoa.


About Fulbright New Zealand

Fulbright New Zealand opens doors for tomorrow’s leaders and thinkers through life-changing educational and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the United States. The Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards are for mid-senior career professionals, artists and academics to undertake to lecture and/or conduct research at US institutions.

Fulbright New Zealand was established in 1948 to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the United States of America. The Fulbright programme offers a range of prestigious awards for New Zealand and American graduate students, academics, artists and professionals to study, research and teach in each other’s countries. Fulbright New Zealand has granted more than 3,500 exchange awards, sending over 1,900 New Zealand graduate students, artists, academics, teachers and professionals on exchange to the US and welcoming over 1,600 Americans on exchanges to New Zealand.



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