A 'one-off' Government initiative, the MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowships will provide $10 million to support researchers early in their career, in a research system and global environment heavily impacted by COVID-19.
The Fellowships intend to support up-and-coming researchers to rise and establish a career in their chosen field of research. This is captured in the name of the Fellowship ‘Te whitinga mai o te rā,’ which can translate to “the rising of the sun”.
30 Fellows will be selected for the two-year Fellowship, valued at $320,000 per award, for research undertaken in any field (including the humanities, mātauranga and social science) at an eligible New Zealand research institution.
Co-chairs of the Society's Early Career Researcher Forum Dr Sereana Naepi and Dr Sarah Moss were thrilled to hear of the new initiative and said the new Whitinga Fellowships would be a lifeline for 30 early career researchers.