Māori academics win awards to study in US

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) and Fulbright New Zealand offer a range of awards to Māori academics, researchers, artists and students from across the country. These scholarships have created ongoing opportunities for Māori academics and students to study and experience life in the United States.

Perhaps the most illustrious are the annual Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate and Scholar Awards. 

Valued at up to US$31,000 (plus NZ$4,000 travel funding) the Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Graduate Award is for a promising New Zealand graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research at a US institution in the field of Indigenous development.

2016 Fulbright-NPM Graduate Award grantee Maia Wikaira (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa) will be travelling to Stanford University to complete a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy, with a focus on freshwater law and policy and Indigenous rights.

The Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award, is valued at up to US$37,500 and provides for a New Zealand academic, artist or professional to lecture or conduct research for up to 5 months, at a US institution in the field of Indigenous development.

This year’s Fulbright-NPM Scholar, Dr Te Kīpa Kēpa Brian Morgan (Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa) from the University of Auckland, will be undertaking research at the University of Hawai’i, the University of Arizona and Colorado School of Mines, where he will be continuing his ongoing research into the Mauri Model Decision Making Framework and its application to Indigenous peoples.

Both Maia and Kepa join an ever-growing list of Māori who have shared their Indigenous knowledge and experiences with the world.