7 Open Study/Research Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodJanuary Start
The Fulbright New Zealand U.S. Open Study/Research Awards are for U.S. students to undertake postgraduate study or research at New Zealand institutions. Grantees are selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership potential, and ambassadorial qualities.
Grantees arrive in New Zealand in late January/early February 2023 and must participate in the orientation program offered by the Fulbright Commission prior to the beginning of the New Zealand academic year. Grantees must also participate fully in the June report-back event, the end-of-year Thanksgiving event, and must provide to the Fulbright Commission copies of any articles, research papers, or theses completed while in New Zealand.
Grantees must participate in the orientation program offered by the Fulbright Commission. This orientation provides an introduction to New Zealand society, culture, politics, and history, and offers useful information on the academic environment and the Fulbright program.
Applicants may wish to either: a) enroll in a graduate degree program at a New Zealand university; b) carry out research towards a U.S. graduate degree; or, c) carry out an independent study/research project while being affiliated with a New Zealand higher education or research institution. Applicants currently pursuing U.S. doctoral degrees must indicate in their applications how their intended research in New Zealand will contribute to their doctoral programs. Applicants must clearly articulate their future plans, and express a compelling reason for coming to New Zealand for their research, as opposed to any other country. Applicants must clearly specify the wider impact of their project, and how it will enhance the relationship between the two countries.
While applicants proposing independent study/research will be considered, preference will be given to those proposing graduate degree enrollment.
Due to the hands-off nature of independent research in New Zealand, undergraduate/recent graduates proposing independent research must have the academic maturity, rigor, and depth of knowledge to work independently without close guidance from their supervisor. They must be 18 by the start of their grant, and exhibit a high level of subject knowledge and personal/academic initiative. Applicants must also articulate a clear plan and outcome for their research. It is still important that grantees have strong support from their host institution and supervisor.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
*Applicants considering Māori, indigenous, or culturally-specific projects may benefit from some beginner Te Reo Māori language study prior to arrival. This is not a requirement but would be an added advantage.
Fulbright Proposal Types
All applicants must be affiliated with an accredited higher education or research institution in New Zealand. Applicants are expected to find their own affiliations and must include affiliation letters in their Fulbright applications. The Fulbright Commission helps awarded grantees confirm the terms and conditions of the affiliation only after they are selected.
Tuition for grantees enrolling at New Zealand universities is paid up to a capped amount by the Fulbright Commission in New Zealand during the period of the grant. Please see Fulbright New Zealand's website for further details.
For grantees doing independent study/research projects, the Fulbright Commission may still need to pay tuition fees to the host institute to ensure access to facilities. Grantees who are taking up a research grant and whose host institution does not require any tuition fees or laboratory costs will not be paid out unused tuition funds toward independent research goals.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
Field of Study Considerations
Applicants considering Māori, indigenous, or cultural-specific projects should investigate cultural norms and practices to ensure the feasibility of their project, and can do this by searching relevant websites and contacting faculty or experts in the proposed area of study. These applicants must have the appropriate experience and/or institutional supervision to carry out the research, and must also be prepared to do the necessary research to obtain ethics/research clearance as soon as possible upon arriving to New Zealand- see below.
Candidates must apply for research clearance in some cases. The application process can take a significant period of time, so candidates should discuss this issue with their project supervisor well in advance of their arrival in New Zealand and begin the application process for research clearance as early as possible.
Some New Zealand universities offer U.S. Fulbright students the opportunity to apply for scholarships that will enable them to continue full-time studies in New Zealand beyond the 10-month Fulbright award. These scholarships are available to Fulbright students completing a 12-month thesis-only master's degree, enrolling in the second year of a two-year master’s degree program, or enrolling in a New Zealand PhD program. Applicants interested in this option should indicate this in their Fulbright applications and check for details on the Fulbright New Zealand website.