What is the difference between Fellowships and Writing Awards?

The substantive Judith Binney Fellowship is intended to be available annually for an established scholar to undertake or complete a significant project in New Zealand history or related fields. Remuneration for the Judith Binney Fellowship will be set between $50,000 and $80,000.

From time to time, the Judith Binney Trust may be able to make smaller writing awards in the range of $10,000-$30,000 to support the work of an emerging writer, the revision of a PhD for book publication, or the completion of a major project.

Is Māori history the only focus of the Fellowship?

Māori history is one key area of interest for the Fellowships and Awards, reflecting Judith Binney’s own research and writing but applications will be considered across a range of subject areas.

Do I have to be a New Zealander to apply?

Applicants must be either New Zealand citizens, or have resided continuously in New Zealand for at least two years immediately prior to application and hold a New Zealand resident visa.

Do I have to complete the project within the twelve months?

While some projects may be initiated and completed within one year, others may require longer. Both the Fellowship and the Award may be granted to start or complete a project. The timeframe of the project should be assessed realistically, and the ability of the applicant to achieve the goals set out in the proposal should be established in the application.

How are National Library and the Alexander Turnbull Library involved?

The Fellowships and Awards are hosted at the National Library, with provision of some desk space and research support provided by the Alexander Turnbull Library. It is anticipated that those holding Judith Binney Fellowships or Awards will present an in-house seminar on their research and offer a public talk at the National Library.

Fellowship or Award recipients are encouraged to deposit documentation related to their research with the Alexander Turnbull Library on completion of the project.
Recipients of the Fellowships and Awards are not, however, required to base their research at the National Library or in Wellington.