Key Dates for 2023

For the Fellowship and Awards offered for tenure in 2024, applications open on 3 July 2023, and close at 5pm on 25 August 2023 (by which time the emailed applications should have been received).  We anticipate the recipients of the 2024 Fellowship and Awards will be announced in November 2023.

Eligible Projects

  1. The Judith Binney Fellowship and Judith Binney Writing Award can be granted to support research and writing on New Zealand history (or associated disciplines). Topics might include: social history; women’s history; Māori history and tradition; recent economic or political history; and historical interests arising from New Zealand archaeology, anthropology, and material culture.
  2. Projects that connect to Judith Binney’s areas of interest, or reflect her commitment to scholarly rigour alongside powerful new analyses, will be welcome. Forward-looking ideas or approaches, topics of contemporary relevance and interest, and research in new or under-used archives or other sources, and projects that highlight and engage mātauranga Māori, including Māori and iwi sources and methods, are encouraged.
  3. 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.
  4. Although a commitment from a publisher does not form part of the application, it is the view of the Trustees that book publication is the desired outcome of the Judith Binney Fellowship and Judith Binney Writing Award.

How to Apply

Your application should include the four documents listed below, and must be signed, dated and sent by email to

Submissions must be received by the date specified above.

  1. A research proposal, as described in the next section.
  2. A curriculum vitae, including academic and other qualifications, awards and honours, employment history and relevant experience, and a list of publications. Name, current position and contact details (postal, email, phone) must be clearly listed.
  3. The names, email addresses and phone numbers of two referees familiar with your work.
  4. A completed Judith Binney Trust Application Checklist. This checklist will support your proposal by ensuring you have included all the required details.

All applications and supporting material will be retained on a confidential basis by the Judith Binney Trust.

The Research Proposal

  1. The application should start with a project title, and indicate whether the application is for a Judith Binney Fellowship OR for a Judith Binney Writing Award.
  2. The research and/or writing proposal is the critical part of the application. This proposal should be no longer than 1,000 words, including key references.
  3. The proposal should:
    • Outline the topic, the proposed research, the contribution to new knowledge or scholarship, and the publication context (i.e. other recent, relevant publications in the field).
    • Focus on the key research objectives and the research base, with concise reference to earlier research on the topic.
    • Note briefly the relevance of the project to the objectives of the Judith Binney Trust.
    • Outline the ways in which any issues of timeframe for the project will be addressed. (Can the project be completed in one year? Is work ready to begin, midway, or nearing completion? What is the realistic research or writing goal for the period covered by the application?)
    • Indicate any other funding for this project that has been received or applied for.
    • In the case of academic applicants, outline briefly the reasons why this project cannot be undertaken within the framework of university employment (that is, why provisions for academic leave or funding do not apply).
    • Confirm that the terms and conditions of the Fellowship or Award (as outlined in these pages) will be met.
  4. Note that only one application may be made per funding round.

Selection and Announcement

  1. The Selection Panel will make recommendations to the Judith Binney Trust as to the proposed recipients of the Judith Binney Fellowship and the Judith Binney Awards (if any) and appropriate levels of remuneration. The Judith Binney Trust will accept those recommendations unless there are substantive reservations, which will be discussed fully with the Selection Panel before a final conclusion is reached.
  2. The Selection Panel may consult externally on the merits of the research proposals submitted by applicants.
  3. No Fellowship or Award shall be awarded if the Selection Panel shall be of the opinion that there is no candidate of sufficient merit.
  4. Unsuccessful applicants for a Fellowship may be offered a Writing Award at the discretion of the Judith Binney Trust.
  5. The level of remuneration for both Fellowship and Awards will be determined by the funding available in any year, as indicated by the Judith Binney Trust.
  6. The decisions of the Selection Panel and the Judith Binney Trust will be final, and no discussion will be entered into.
  7. The Fellowship and Awards (if any) will be announced after the proposed recipients have accepted the terms and conditions of the Fellowship and Award.

Judith Binney Fellowship and Awards Selection Panel

A selection panel is convened each year to assess applications for Fellowships and Awards. The panel usually includes at least one Trustee and up to four people chosen by the Judith Binney Trust. The chair of the selection panel is chosen by the Trustees.

The Selection Panel for the 2024 Judith Binney Fellowship and Awards is Professor Bettina Bradbury (Chair), Associate Professor Ngarino Ellis, Dr Peter Meihana, Professor Jacinta Ruru and Dr Frances Steel.

Previous Selection Panel members were: Emeritus Professor Atholl Anderson, Professor Tony Ballantyne, Dr Ned Fletcher, Dr Aroha Harris, Dr Arini Loader, Dr Cybele Locke, Dr Miranda Johnson and Chris Szekely.