Research distinguishes universities from other tertiary institutions and is at the heart of the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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We are New Zealand’s top-ranked university for research quality and number one across a broad range of humanities and social science subjects (PBRF).

Our researchers are internationally respected and many are leaders in their fields. Carrying out research in a wide range of disciplines, they are collectively engaged in exploring the fundamental questions of humanity—the questions that define who we are. In addition to our strengths in traditional academic disciplines, the Faculty excels in creative writing, creative arts and performance, and undertakes shared research activities through our specialised research centres and institutes.

Postgraduate students are an integral part of the Faculty’s research community. Our capital city location and proximity to Parliament and central government agencies, the National Library, the Alexander Turnbull Library, Archives New Zealand, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and New Zealand Film Archives provide valuable opportunities for postgraduate research.

Importantly, our research informs our teaching and, throughout our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, students can expect to be exposed to some of the latest research work produced by our world-class scholars.

We place a high value on our research programmes and offer staff and postgraduate students access to a range of internal research grants and support in gaining research funding from external sources. The Faculty’s success in attracting external funding, including from the Marsden Fund, demonstrates the standing of our research.

Information for staff, current PhD and Master’s by thesis students on the Faculty’s Joint Research Committee Grants is available on the Faculty’s intranet. For access, you will need a Victoria University of Wellington staff email address—if you don’t have one already, contact your School administrator or the Joint Research Committee Administrator Margot MacGillivray . The Faculty also offers research scholarships each summer through the Summer Scholars Scheme.