Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

Closing date:
Value of Award: Stipend of NZ$75,000. In addition a GST-inclusive fund is paid each of NZ$10,000 to support research costs.
No. of awards: Offering five New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowships to outstanding recent PhD graduates.
Tenure: Two years.

Fellowship Details

The Rutherford Foundation New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowships are administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand on behalf of the Rutherford Foundation Trust. Support for this programme comes from the New Zealand Government. The New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowships will enable recipients to undertake full-time research programmes within New Zealand in any area of science, technology, engineering or mathematics at an eligible research institution. Applications are encouraged from within New Zealand and from those who are living overseas and would use the Fellowship to return to continue their research careers.

The Rutherford Foundation New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowships aim to build human capability in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing early career support for New Zealand’s brightest and most promising researchers.  

Selection criteria:

  • Applicants from the disciplines of science, technology, engineering or mathematics are eligible to apply. Applicants are required to have had their PhD conferred no more than four years before the application closing date. An exemption to this clause can be sought to allow applicants to demonstrate that their PhD has been submitted and can be examined by the date of short-listing. This requires prior approval from the Trustees of the Foundation. To get approval, please explain your case in an email to the Rutherford Foundation. A further exemption can be sought to demonstrate a reasonable absence from a research career, for instance to take parental leave or for extended sickness leave.

General Information:

How do students apply?
The on-line application consists of information entered directly into the portal in combination with the upload of specific templates and documents. Once you are happy with your application, you must mark it as COMPLETED. To do this, select Preview/Print from the left hand menu, followed by “Mark as Completed”. This flags to your institution coordinator that the proposal has been completed and can be released to the Rutherford Foundation. If you need to make changes to your application after you have marked it as completed, you must confer with your research office first.
Fellowship Details

Decision makers
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview (at their own expense).  If this should prove a hardship, then applicants may request to have the interview conducted by teleconference or videoconference.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
All applicants will be notified in late September as to whether they have been invited to interview. Successful applicants will be notified in November or December (TBC).  

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Recipients of the Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships are expected to be New Zealand’s top-academically-achieving graduates who also have a strong sense of the purpose and benefits of scientific research to New Zealand and a clear idea of how to use the fellowship to advance their research career. Recipients of the Fellowships will carry the identity of the Rutherford Foundation.  

Additional information
An applicant must have had no more than two previous positions as a postdoctoral researcher. Applicants must be either New Zealand citizens or have continuously resided in New Zealand for at least two years immediately prior to their application and hold, or are deemed to hold, a New Zealand resident visa. Eligible host institutions include Crown Research Institutes, universities, research associations and businesses whose prime purpose is research and development. Co-hosting arrangements are possible between one of the above and another host, with the permission of the Trustees.  

Who else has information about this award?
Further enquiries should be made by contacting the Rutherford Foundation by email:  

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

C/- Royal Society of New Zealand
Rutherford Foundation

PO Box 598

Fax: (04) 472 1841

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