Te Herenga Waka Māori Postdoctoral Fellowship

The University is offering two postdoctoral fellowships to attract Māori early career researchers—find out how to apply.

NOTE: Dates for 2023 will be confirmed by the end of May 2023.

Award for: Māori

Number offered: One (1)

Salary: 1.0 EFT basis at $85,000 per annum

Additional funding: $20,000 per annum for research related expenses

Duration: Three (3) years

About the Fellowships


  • The intent of the Fellowships is to attract, retain, and employ Māori early career postdoctoral research fellows at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.


  • Māori early career postdoctoral research fellows from any tertiary institute can apply so long as they match the criteria.


  • Applicants must be of Māori descent and be either citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must meet the requirements to graduate with a PhD on or before the start date of the Fellowship.
  • Supervisors must be permanent full-time academic staff members of Te Herenga Waka.
  • Applicants may have some previous career research experience, which will need to be described in their application for the Fellowship.
  • Applicants should normally not currently hold a research role, unless that role is a fixed term role and due to end before the start date of this fellowship.
  • Applicants who are employed in a technical or teaching capacity would normally be eligible if the role requires at least 80% of their time to be spent on those activities.

Application process

  • Applicants must provide details of three referees in support of their application. These referees must match the Referee Criteria as described in the Applicant Guidelines.
  • Applicants who have a confirmed supervisor (who must be a staff member of Te Herenga Waka) must provide details for that supervisor in their application.
  • Applicants without a confirmed supervisor at Te Herenga Waka will need to participate in a 'matchmaking' process as described below.

Selection process

  • The selection process will comprise of eligibility screening, excellence filtering, and a review by the selection panel of the applicants' proposed research projects.
  • The final decision will be made by the University Research Council based on the recommendations of the selection panel.
  • Applicants will be notified within a week of the final decision.

Matchmaking process

  • Applicants who have not arranged a supervisor themselves will be placed through a 'matchmaking' process as described in the Applicant Guidelines.
  • The Kaiārahi Rangahau Māori will monitor applications as they are received.
  • Potential supervisors will be identified and approached through the Research Office and the Office of the Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (Māori).
  • The Kaiārahi Rangahau Māori will connect each applicant with their potential supervisor.


Please contact the Kaiārahi Rangahau Māori by email at rangahau@vuw.ac.nz