Key Dates for 2019

For the Fellowship and Awards offered for tenure in 2020, applications open on 19 August 2019, and close at 5 p.m. on 30 September 2019 (by which time the emailed applications should have been received, and the paper copies posted or couriered).  The recipients of the 2020 Fellowship and Awards will be announced in November 2019.

Introduction: The Project

  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; nineteenth- and twentieth-century histories; Māori history and tradition; recent social, economic or political history; and historical interests arising from New Zealand archaeology, anthropology, material culture and art.
  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, and research in new or under-used archives or other sources, are also 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.

Application: The 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 the issues raised in item three of The Project (above) 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 that has been received or applied for, for this project.
    • 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.

Application: The Applicant

  1. An accompanying curriculum vitae should include 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.
  2. The names, email addresses and phone numbers of two referees familiar with the applicant’s work should be provided.

Submitting the Application

  1. The application should be signed, dated and sent by email to In addition, one copy of the application and supporting material should be mailed to: The Judith Binney Trust, PO Box 12 182, Wellington 6144.
  2. The successful application and supporting material will be retained on a confidential basis by the Judith Binney Trust; all other applications and supporting material will be destroyed.

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. 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.
  5. The decisions of the Selection Panel and the Judith Binney Trust will be final, and no discussion will be entered into.
  6. 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 one Trustee and four people chosen by the Judith Binney Trust. The chair of the selection panel is chosen by the Trustees.

The 2020 Judith Binney Fellowship and Awards Selection Panel is Dr. Miranda Johnson (Chair), Dr. Aroha Harris, Dr. Cybele Locke, Prof. Tony Ballantyne, and Dr. Ned Fletcher.

The 2019 Selection Panel was Emeritus Professor Atholl Anderson (Chair), Dr. Aroha Harris, Dr. Miranda Johnson, Dr. Cybele Locke, Chris Szekely.