New Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Announced

Fulbright New Zealand and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence are delighted to announce that Dr Pounamu Jade Aikman (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Awa) is the 2021 recipient of the Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award to undertake research in the US.

He will take up his award at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he will be based in the History Department. His project builds on his doctoral research which examined the nexus between Indigenous sovereignty and settler state violence in Aotearoa/ New Zealand.

While at Harvard, Dr Aikman will work on a comparative study of Indigenous experiences of settler colonialism in Aotearoa and the United States. Dr Aikman says, “I’m excited to kōrero and wānanga with other Indigenous scholars working in their ancestral landscapes, in building whanaungatanga and collaborating with them on similar experiences of settler colonialism and Indigenous sovereignty.”

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.  

“Pounamu is a a great Māori scholar. We are incredibly proud to help enable the furtherance of his significant research in this international comparative manner”, 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 Pounamu’s research and look forward to hearing more about his findings particularly as it pertains to Indigenous experiences of state violence and how this differs between Aotearoa and the US.

Applications for the Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar award are open now. The closing date is October 1.  For more details, please visit 

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 1,570 Americans on exchanges to New Zealand.



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