Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency

The Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency is for a mid-career or senior New Zealand writer of Pacific heritage to carry out work on a creative writing project exploring Pacific identity, culture or history at the University of Hawai‘i for three months. One award valued at NZ$30,000 is granted each year, towards three months of writing.

Closing date: 1 March

Creative New ZealandThis award is offered in partnership with Creative New Zealand, the national arts development agency developing, investing in and advocating for the arts.

The recipient will based at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in Honolulu for either the Fall (August-November) or Spring (February-May) semester of the US academic year.

Hawai‘i has been identified as a strategic location for artists and is considered the hub of Pacific writing with numerous universities, library resources, networks, writers’ forums and publishers. It is also an important link to the mainland US and has a strong indigenous culture.

Previous recipients have included authors Sarona Aiono-Iosefa and Marisa Maepu, poets Tusiata Avia and Daren Kamali, filmmakers Sima Urale and Toa Fraser, and playwright Victor Rodger.

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To be eligible, you must:

  • be a New Zealand writer of Pacific heritage whose work explores Pacific identity, culture or history;
  • have already had at least two works published, accepted for publication, performed or screened;
  • have a specific project on which you propose to work on during the residency. The project may be in any genre, but priority is given to works that focus on developing New Zealand literature in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction (including biography, history, arts-related and cultural topics) and playwriting;
  • have a strong literary track record and previous involvement in literary festivals, events and panels;
  • be able to present well to overseas contacts and representatives; and
  • meet the citizenship requirements for this award.

Citizenship requirements

You are eligible to apply for this award if you:

  • are a New Zealand citizen;
  • and are not a permanent resident or citizen of the US;
  • and are not currently living in the US.

Preference for Fulbright scholar awards is given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright scholar award, or had extensive recent experience in the US (ie. have not studied, taught, researched or worked in the US for a period aggregating more than nine months/one academic year during the past five years).

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  • International travel costs of NZ$3,000;
  • Rental accommodation costs of NZ$3,000 per month for the duration of the residency (three months);
  • Stipend of NZ$6,000 per month for the duration of the residency;
  • The opportunity to participate in various programmes and activities available to Fulbright scholars in the US;
  • A basic health benefit plan covering a maximum of US$50,000 per sickness or injury.

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Award conditions

  • Your award must be approved by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington, DC;
  • The period of your award is three months;
  • Your award must be completed between August-November of the calendar year in which it is granted or February-May of the following year. Note that you will be eligible to arrive and depart from the US 30 days either side of your award dates;
  • You will be required to undertake a full medical examination before applying for your visa;
  • You must travel on a New Zealand passport, and US immigration documentation must be completed from within New Zealand. Grantees must use the DS-2019 form provided by Fulbright New Zealand to obtain an Exchange Visitor (J) non-immigrant visa to enter the United States. You will be required to attend a visa interview at the US Consulate in Auckland in order to obtain your visa ;
  • International travel will only be funded between New Zealand and Hawai‘i, and must be on either an American or New Zealand carrier;
  • You may be required to fulfil some Fulbright New Zealand/Creative New Zealand media requirements before your departure for the US, during your exchange and/or on return to New Zealand;
  • When in Hawai‘i you will be expected to:
    • develop ideas in cross-fertilisation with residents of other cultures;
    • carry out lectures and interviews and make contact with suitable agents and publishers;
    • enhance the profile and development of New Zealand Pacific literature;
    • develop and extend professional links with Hawaiian writers and literary networks;
  • On returning from Hawai‘i you will be expected to have completed, or substantially completed, a body of writing and should be able to demonstrate other tangible benefits to New Zealand Pacific literature;
  • You must provide Fulbright New Zealand with copies of any publications resulting from your award. A final report must also be completed before you depart from the US;
  • Fulbright grantees must travel to the US on an Exchange Visitor (J) non-immigrant visa. A requirement of this visa is that you must return to your home country for a cumulative total of two years at the end of your exchange visitor programme before becoming eligible to apply to live in the US. This home-country foreign residency requirement is in keeping with the philosophy of the Fulbright exchange programme, that you return to New Zealand to share your experiences. Note that you will not be prohibited from travelling to the US for short-term visits on the visa waiver program or a non-immigrant visa.

Fulbright mission

It was Senator J William Fulbright’s mission to build peace through the mutual understanding of cultures. Fulbright applicants and grantees are expected to understand and support this mission and be effective ambassadors for New Zealand. In addition to the monetary, educational and cultural exchange benefits made possible by the award, Fulbright grantees carry the prestige of the Fulbright programme along with them throughout their careers. Alumni are expected to succeed and be ‘thought leaders’ in their respective fields/careers, and to support and remain engaged with the Fulbright programme for the rest of their lives.

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Application process and forms

  • You must complete and submit the application form below by the application deadline*;
  • You must also submit all required support documents to us by the application deadline;
  • Interviews will be held in Wellington in April 2015. Fulbright New Zealand will pay the costs of travel to Wellington only for applicants residing in New Zealand. Applicants outside New Zealand who are unable to attend an interview in person may be disadvantaged;
  • We will advise you of the outcome of your application by late April.

* Note that if the application deadline falls on a weekend or public holiday, the deadline is extended to 5:00pm on the next business day.

Application form

Download the application form

Further information

For further information, contact our Programme Manager for this award, Shauna Mendez – shauna@fulbright.org.nz / (04) 494 1500

Fulbright New Zealand has Campus Advisers stationed on all major New Zealand campuses. Our Advisers are all Fulbright alumni who are available to discuss their exchange experiences with students and staff, as well as to give basic information about our awards.

Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards webinar

You can find out more about the range of Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards and how to apply in this recently-recorded webinar:

Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Awards webinar

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