If we who live in the present in Aotearoa can discuss our shared history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, then we may gain from the past.  If we cannot do this, then we will have learnt nothing from the past and we will have exchanged nothing with each other.

The Judith Binney Trust was established in 2013 to honour the contribution made by Dame Judith Binney / Te Tōmairangi o Te Aroha to our understanding of the rich history of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Trust’s purpose or kaupapa is to support courageous, rigorous and imaginative scholarship of the kind that characterised Judith Binney’s historical writing.

The Judith Binney Fellowship is offered annually for an established scholar to undertake or complete a significant project in New Zealand history or related fields. The Trust also hopes to make funds available each year for the Judith Binney Writing Award, for a project by an emerging scholar or for the completion of a substantial piece of research. Remuneration for the Judith Binney Fellowships will be set between $50,000 and $80,000; for the Writing Awards, between $10,000 and $30,000.

Applications for the 2021 Judith Binney Fellowship and Judith Binney Writing Awards are invited from 13 July 2020, with a closing date of 28 August 2020. The Fellowship and Awards (if any) will be announced by the end of November 2020, for tenure in 2021.

The Judith Binney Fellowships and Awards are managed by the Judith Binney Trust, in association with the National Library of New Zealand / Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa.

Above: Judith Binney at the launch of Ngā Mōrehu: The Survivors, Auckland, 1985. Quote: Redemption Songs: A Life of Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki (1995)