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CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants

2017 Research Grants

Applications for the 2017 CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants are now closed.

The CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants support New Zealand writers by providing assistance to writers who wish to undertake research for a fiction or non-fiction writing project.

Four grants are awarded annually. These are:

  • Three Open Research Grants, each with funding of $5,000
  • One Stout Research Centre Grant, which includes funding of $5,000 and a six-week residential fellowship at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University Wellington.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Guidelines for Applicants | View here (pdf)
Applications were open from 9am Friday 16 June - 4pm Friday 21 July 2017.

If you have any queries regarding your application, please don't hesitate to call our office on 09-486 6250 or email awards@copyright.co.nz

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2016 Recipients

Congratulations to the 2016 CLNZ/NZSA Research Grant recipients.

The Stout Research Grant, which includes $5,000 and a six week residential fellowship at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, was awarded to Aaron Fox.

Three Open Research Grants of $5,000 each were awarded to Susy Pointon, Jared Davidson and Grace Millar.

To read more about the recipients and their facinating projects, click here

2015 Recipients

Open Research Grants of $5,000 each were awarded to Heather McQuillan, Paul Moon and Philippa Werry. The Stout Research Grant, which includes $5,000 and a six week residential fellowship at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, was awarded to Paul Bensemann. Click here to read more about the recipients and their projects.

Read an interview with 2014 Stout recipient, Hannah August.

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2014 Recipients

CLNZ and NZSA are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2014 CLNZ/NZSA Research Grants. Four grants of $5000 were available from the CLNZ Cultural Fund and one of these grants is also supported by time at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University.

The recipients are:

Stout Research Centre Grant

Hannah August with her proposed topic 'Degrees of Loneliness', which focuses on the effects and consequences of the 'man drought' in New Zealand.

Open Research Grants

Adam Dudding is writing a fascinating biography on his father, Robin Dudding, “NZ's most significant and gifted editor of his generation”.

Alison Wong is writing an extended memoir that is provisionally entitled 'Pure Brightness', which describes the history of the Chinese in New Zealand up to the present day, with a focus on her forebears' experiences.

Matt Vance is researching a book about the Southern Ocean between New Zealand and Antarctica, and will focus on the NZ heritage, natural history and cultural endeavours of its unique and extreme landscapes.

CLNZ and NZSA thank all applicants and wish Hannah, Adam, Alison and Matt the best of luck with their research.

Selection Panel: Susanna Lyle (convener), Paddy Richardson, David Hill

2013 Recipients

Stout Centre Fellowship
Witi Ihimaera’s application stood out. He describes this project as a three-book ‘literary whakapapa’. The judges were looking for an application to get excited about and this more than met this requirement.

Open Research Grant
Laurence Fearnley’s experimental project with mountaineer Lydia Bradey was impossible to go past. It promises to be something quite innovative. In 1988, Bradey was the first woman – and only New Zealander – to climb Mount Everest without oxygen, leading to a fierce controversy. Fearnley’s text will be part memoir/biography and part dialogue between mountaineer and novelist. We were excited by the way Fearnley plans to use her fictional writing skills to tell her friend’s story and explore issues such as fear, danger, spirituality, sexism and controversy.

Selection panel: Jane Carswell, Susanna Lyle, Geoff Walker.

2012 Recipients

Stout Centre Fellowship
David McGill from Wellington, for a biographical exploration of his great grandfather who became the mayor of Auckland.

Open Research Grant
Kelly Ana Morey from Warkworth, for a literary novella about Phar Lap

Selection panel convenor Julia Millen says the panel found the process interesting and rewarding – and felt the grant was a wonderful research opportunity for fiction and non-fiction writers alike.

Selection panel: Julia Millen, Graeme Lay, Geoff Walker.