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Call for applications - Fulbright-Harkness New Zealand Fellowship
02 Feb 2011

Fulbright New Zealand and the New Zealand Harkness Fellowships Trust invite applications for the Fulbright-Harkness New Zealand Fellowship, which offers the opportunity for an emerging New Zealand leader in any field of study or vocation other than health care* to study or research in the US for a minimum of six weeks. Successful grantees will receive NZ$15,000 (plus basic health and accident insurance) towards a short fellowship programme of their own design at any US university or institution.


The Fulbright-Harkness New Zealand Fellowship aims to reinforce New Zealand-United States links by improving cross-fertilisation of ideas and experience between the two countries; to enable established or potential leaders and opinion formers in New Zealand to benefit from new ideas, practices and contacts in the US; and to increase Fellow’s abilities to bring about change and improvements in New Zealand.

The inaugural Fulbright-Harkness New Zealand Fellow, Sacha McMeeking from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, returned to New Zealand in December having spent three months researching the role of indigenous leadership in corporate citizenship, based at Northwestern University’s prestigious Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois. Sacha described her exchange as a ‘most profound and catalytic experience’:


“My Fulbright-Harkness journey was incomparable and irreplaceable. The tangible experiences included devouring books and articles, meeting with experts in my field and with indigenous First Nations representatives. I learnt a tremendous amount in a short period, and was humbled by the many profound thinkers, change makers and communities I had the great pleasure to meet with from Arizona to Harvard, the Bronx and Chicago, where I was based. The insights I gained are still evolving into realms of possibility far broader than I ever imagined. I have reached the understanding that I can create change in the world in ways that I had not foreseen. My assumption had always been that I was suited to roles within institutions, contributing to iterative change albeit with a bold intent. The experiences of my Fellowship convinced me that I can pursue social entrepreneurship, and personally create change.”


Applications for the Fulbright-Harkness New Zealand Fellowship close 5pm, Tuesday 1 March 2011.


See or contact Stefanie Joe at Fulbright New Zealand for further information - / (04) 494 1507


*Candidates in the field of health care should apply for the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice provided by The Commonwealth Fund, applications for which close in September:




Andy Mitchell

Communications Adviser


Fulbright New Zealand

Te Tūāpapa Mātauranga o Aotearoa me Amerika


Level 8, 120 Featherston Street

PO Box 3465

Wellington 6140

New Zealand


Tel +64 4 494 1502

Fax +64 4 499 5364