Fulbright US Scholar Awards are for American academics, artists or professionals to lecture and/or conduct research at New Zealand institutions. A small number of awards valued at up to NZ$41,000 are granted each year, towards three to five months of lecturing and/or research.
Closing date: 1 August annually
These awards are available for lecturing and/or research in any field.
To be eligible, you must:
- have a PhD or the equivalent professional or artistic training or experience;
- plan to undertake full-time lecturing or research at a New Zealand institution for a period of three to five months; and
- meet the citizenship requirements for this award.
You are eligible to apply for this award if you:
- are a US citizen;
- and are not a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand;
- and are not currently living in the New Zealand.
Preference for Fulbright scholar awards is given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright scholar award, or had extensive recent experience in New Zealand (ie. have not studied, taught, researched or worked in New Zealand for a period aggregating more than nine months/one academic year during the past five years).
- International travel of NZ$4,000 for the grantee and NZ$3,000 for one dependent;
- Stipend of NZ$3,000 per month for the scholar and up to one dependent, for 3-5 months*;
- A family allowance of NZ$500 per month for two or more dependents;
- Participation in an orientation programme run by Fulbright New Zealand during your stay in New Zealand;
- A basic health benefit plan covering a maximum of US$50,000 per sickness or injury.
These entitlements are set on the basis that scholars will receive financial assistance in the form of paid leave and/or research grants during their award. Higher stipend entitlements will be provided to scholars not receiving financial assistance in the form of paid leave and/or research grants during their award. Exact entitlements will depend on individual circumstances. The maximum possible stipend is NZ$6,000 per month. The scholar is also entitled to the family allowance (if applicable) and travel entitlements as stated above.
- Your award must be approved by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington, DC;
- You will be required to provide Fulbright New Zealand with evidence of financial support (or not) from your home institution before the value of your award can be confirmed;
- The period of your award is three to five months;
- Your award must be taken up in the year following official confirmation of the award. The beginning of your grant should coincide with the start of the New Zealand academic year in February;
- You will be required to undertake a full medical examination before applying for your visa;
- You must travel on a US passport, and New Zealand immigration documentation must be completed from within the US;
- International travel will only be funded between the US and New Zealand, and must be on either an American or New Zealand carrier;
- You may be required to fulfil some Fulbright New Zealand media requirements before your departure for New Zealand, during your exchange and/or on return to the US;
- You must provide Fulbright New Zealand with copies of any articles, research papers or theses resulting from your award. A final report must also be completed before you depart from New Zealand.
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 the United States of America. 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. To support their understanding of the Fulbright mission, American grantees are required to attend a Fulbright orientation programme held each February in Wellington.
Application process and forms
- You must complete and submit an online application by the application deadline;
- You must also submit all required support documents to CIES by the application deadline.
- You will be advised the outcome of your application between January and June of the year following application.
Application form and support documents
More detailed information about the application process and a link to the online application form can be found on the CIES website.