You are invited to apply for our He Kokonga Ngākau scholarships (Māori Master’s and doctoral students) and fellowships (available for Māori writers), depending on your eligibility.

The purpose of He Kokonga Ngākau scholarships and fellowships is to support and contribute to the growing knowledge of Māori intergenerational trauma and recovery, and to support Māori students to complete Master’s and doctoral studies, as well as Māori writers in their writing endeavours.

If you applied for a scholarship or fellowship in 2021

If you applied for a scholarship or fellowship in 2021 and did not receive an award, your application will be included in the 2022 round. However, scholarship applicants will still need to confirm that you are enrolled for study in 2022 (proof required) and that your study aligns with the eligibility section. There is a different application from to fill in (see below) if you applied in 2021. If your focus of your 2022 application needs to change, we recommend you complete a new application.

Value of the awards:

The amount of the award will be determined according to the relevance of your study or area of writing, and will be between $10,000 and $15,000.

Successful candidates:

  • will be required to do one formal presentation to researchers, staff and the community of Te Atawhai o Te Ao;
  • will be required to attend the 2022 He Kokonga Whare Symposium in Whanganui (running under the necessary Covid guidelines), in June 2022 (date to be confirmed), to present and officially receive the award (recipients will receive a first payment upon acceptance of the award, i.e. before June 2022);
  • will be involved with, and actively contribute to, a Māori postgraduate support group;
  • may also be invited to contribute to any project publications and dissemination material; and
  • may also be offered training, support and other research opportunities.


You may apply if you are studying or writing in areas where there is a focus on Māori intergenerational trauma and/or recovery. You may be undertaking a broad approach in your research, or undertaking a whānau, hapū or iwi case study approach.

Eligibility for the scholarships is also based on how closely it matches to our four He Kokonga Ngākau project areas:

  • Whakamanu Project: museum studies, hapū/iwi knowledge, archival management, library studies, digital platforms or information technology
  • Whakapapa Project: hapū/iwi studies, iwi/whānau well-being, whakapapa, Kaupapa Māori methodologies
  • Whakarauora Project: customary fishing methods, tikanga Māori, revitalisation of traditional practices, environmental studies, climate change or the creative arts
  • Whakatika Project: commercial law, Māori business, justice, social work, human rights

Eligibility for the fellowships is also based on how closely it matches to our four He Kokonga Ngākau project areas:

  • Whakamanu Project: Māori or indigenous solutions to data sovereignty, archival practices, and/or hapū/marae knowledge systems, protection and access
  • Whakapapa Project: Whānau responses to intergenerational trauma, whānau-based research, Kaupapa Māori methodologies that have relevance for whānau
  • Whakarauora Project: Traditional fishing methods, the impact of climate change of customary fishing, application and/or adaptation of maramataka to kai gathering and harvesting
  • Whakatika Project: Day to day racism in one or more of the following; media and/or representation, food, te reo Māori, business, health. We are particularly interested in those who are looking at interventions, restoration processes and causing change.

Other eligibility criteria include:

  • You must be a New Zealand Māori.
  • You must be enrolled in a Master’s or doctoral programme (scholarship applicants) or have evidence of writing (fellowship applicants).
  • You agree to complete the He Kokonga Ngākau programme evaluation.
  • Applications will also be considered from students registered at a NZQA and/or other formally recognised trades or arts programme, studying Māori intergenerational trauma and/or recovery.

Important dates – 2022:

Applications open: 14 January

Applications close: 27 February

Applicants advised of outcome: 22 March

Successful applicants to attend, present and officially receive the award at He Kokonga Whare Symposium, Whanganui, in June: Date to be confirmed

Please note that, the Assessment Panel’s decisions is final – no correspondence will be entered into.

Assessment criteria

The Assessment Panel will consider the applications according to the following criteria:

  • The overall quality of the application;
  • The applicant’s achievements;
  • The applicant’s involvement in te ao Māori;
  • The applicant’s future career/study aspirations; and
  • The relevance of the applicant’s study to the research of Māori intergenerational trauma and recovery.

Application (online form)

Please complete this form fully and accurately. You must complete all sections of the application and agree to the Declaration of Accuracy. The information you provide will determine your eligibility for a He Kokonga Ngākau scholarship or fellowship.

  • Only the online form submissions will be accepted (e.g. the form below).

For all enquiries please phone (06) 345 2680 during business hours.


Scholarship Application 2022


Fellowship application 2022


If you applied in 2021