Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy
Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy are for outstanding mid-career American professionals to research and gain firsthand experience of public policy in New Zealand. Usually two Fellowships valued at up to NZ$58,500 are granted each year, towards seven months of research.
Closing date: 1 April annually
Established in 1995 by the New Zealand Government to reinforce links between New Zealand and the US, Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy provide the opportunity for participants to gain firsthand knowledge of public policy in New Zealand, including economic, social and political reforms and management of the government sector.
The programme has three goals:
- to reinforce New Zealand-United States links by enabling Americans of high intellectual ability and leadership potential to come to New Zealand to gain experience and build contacts in the field of public policy development;
- to help improve the practice of public policy in New Zealand and the United States by the cross-fertilization of ideas and experience in the two countries; and
- to build a network of public policy experts on both sides of the Pacific, and encourage ongoing policy exchange between New Zealand and the United States.
Candidates will work with the Fellowship Office (Fulbright New Zealand) to identify a suitable contact in the Wellington-based New Zealand organisation(s) they wish to be placed at prior to applying. This will give the organisation an opportunity to discuss ideas with the candidate and assess suitability and capacity.
Final decisions on placement will be made by the Fellowships Office, after full consultation with Fellows, host organisations, and the programme’s expert advisors. Successful candidates will be based at a New Zealand government host organisation in Wellington. Fulbright New Zealand will work with the host organisation and the Fellow to finalise a suitable host agency mentor.
The Fellow should utilise their US contacts and the assistance of their host organisation to source appropriate US and New Zealand academic mentors. The organisation of the Fellow’s specific research project and fellowship programme will be left largely to the Fellow and his/her host organisation, with an orientation briefing and oversight by the Axford Fellowships Office in New Zealand (which is Fulbright New Zealand). When necessary, further consultation will be provided.
In addition, Fellows will be expected to spend a substantial part of their time in contact with relevant organisations outside their host organisation to gain practical experience in their policy field in New Zealand. At the conclusion of their fellowships, before returning to the United States, Fellows will be required to submit a policy report for publication by the Fellowships Office and to deliver a seminar on their findings to an invited audience and interested members of the public.