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My winning proposal: Rutherford Discovery Fellowships

New Zealand’s prestigious fellowships require a long-term vision that will benefit the country

Top tips:

  • Selling yourself as a candidate is more important than the specifics of your research, so think long-term and work on your vision
  • Make a compelling case why your chosen university is the right place for your research
  • Explain why your research is important for New Zealand, paying particular attention to Māori culture
  • If you are from outside New Zealand, spend time reaching out and developing contacts and potential collaborators before applying

The Royal Society Te Apārangi in New Zealand awards ten Rutherford Discovery Fellowships every year to early to mid-career researchers. The fellowships offer NZ$160,000 a year for a five-year term, protecting 85 per cent of fellows’ time for research.

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