Apply for the Stout Fellowship in New Zealand Studies

The JD Stout Fellowship awards a scholar of high standing the opportunity to research an area of New Zealand society, history or culture.

Applicants should be scholars of high standing, with an established publication record, who have a particular project they wish to initiate or complete. They must be able to devote themselves to full-time research and writing on their chosen topic. Preference may be given to an applicant who proposes a fresh field of research. The successful applicant will spend a major part of his or her time at the Stout Research Centre so as to be able to take an active part in the life of the Centre. There is no restriction on either the nationality or occupation of applicants. The Fellowship will not be awarded to anyone whose research is concurrently supported by their regular employment, nor for the writing of a PhD.

Tenure and terms

The tenure of the Fellowship is for 12 months, normally to be taken up on 1 March each year. The application round takes place around August-September each year for the appointment of the following year's John David Stout Fellowship.

The Fellow will be attached to the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington and will be responsible to the Director. The Stout Research Centre has been established at Victoria University of Wellington to encourage the study of society, history and culture in New Zealand. The Centre holds regular seminars and lectures during the year and the Fellow will be expected to contribute to this programme in a manner appropriate to his or her personal strengths and preferences. It is expected that a publication will result from the tenure of the Fellowship. All aspects of publication (negotiation of contract with publisher, design, etc.) are the responsibility of the Fellow. An office in the Stout Research Centre will be provided for the duration of the Fellowship, with access to computer, library and other facilities.


The salary for the Fellowship will be within the Research Fellow scale depending upon the qualifications and experience of the applicant. An allowance for travel and research may be negotiated. Where the Fellow is travelling from overseas, some recognition may be given to the cost of travel.

How to apply

Applications for the John David Stout Fellowship will open on in August (date tbc) for the 2025 Fellowship. The closing date for submitting applications is September 2024 (date tbc). Applications can be made through the University's home page under Vacancies - see below.

Applicants should provide personal details and an outline of relevant published writings and work in progress. The proposed programme of work during the tenure of the Fellowship must be included, with an indication of the use likely to be made of the resources available in Wellington such as the Alexander Turnbull Library and Archives New Zealand. In making the appointment, considerable weight will be given to published writings of high quality.  The successful applicant will be notified in November.

John David Stout Fellowship 2024

This Fellowship provides a full-time opportunity to write within an academic environment for the year of tenure. The Fellowship is based in the Stout Research Centre, a multi-disciplinary research centre at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. It is open to researchers in any area of study relating to New Zealand society, history or culture, but is not intended to fund the writing of a novel, play or other literary work.

The Fellowship will not be awarded to anyone whose research is concurrently supported by their regular employment, nor for the writing of a PhD. Applications should include a CV and a short description of the research project (500 words).

Further enquiries may be made to the Director, Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand, tel: +64 4 463 6434, or e-mail:

Please complete the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter by attachment at

Victoria University of Wellington is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi. A diverse workforce is highly desirable to meet these goals. We welcome applications from women and men from all cultures and backgrounds.

Former JD Stout Fellows

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