Scholarships and awards
New Zealand Poet Laureate Award
Photo by Julia Brooke-White.
The award of Poet Laureate celebrates outstanding contributions to New Zealand poetry. For a two-year period, the Laureate is supported by the National Library of New Zealand to create new work and promote poetry throughout the country.
The Laureate is an accomplished and highly regarded poet who can speak for the nation’s community of poets, and to their readers.
The National Library considers public nominations for the award together with submissions from New Zealand libraries, universities and creative writing programmes. The Laureate is appointed by the National Librarian in consultation with the New Zealand Poet Laureate Advisory Group. Current membership of this group includes Professor Bill Manhire, John Buck, and Ruth Todd.
The value of the New Zealand Poet Laureate Award is $100,000 over the two-year period. The Laureate receives $80,000 (before tax), with the balance held by the National Library to cover the cost of the Laureate’s tokotoko, events, promotion and related activities.
Paul Reynolds Scholarship – The No Numpties Award
Photo by David Howe, CC-BY.
LIANZA and the National Library of New Zealand offer the Paul Reynolds scholarship, an award in honour of the inspirational internet pioneer and media commentator.
Paul was Scotsman who wandered, and found a home in New Zealand. He was a renaissance man, dedicated to learning, who challenged the online culture and heritage sector in New Zealand to bring value to the citizens of the internet. In his thick brogue accent, he was fluent in a language of charm, insight, and bluntness.
This scholarship, offered every two years, is worth a minimum of $5000, and enables the successful applicant to research or develop specialist digital knowledge or experience at an overseas institution.
To be eligible, applicants need to be currently working in the digital space, in or for the New Zealand Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector. Applications for the next award will be called for in February 2013.
This scholarship was established from donations made by the National Library of New Zealand and friends of Paul Reynolds. The donations are held in trust by LIANZA.
Lilburn Research Fellowship
Douglas Lilburn, ca 1975, PAColl-0675-20
This fellowship encourages scholarly research leading to publication on some aspect of New Zealand and music, using the resources of the Archive of New Zealand Music and the wider published and unpublished collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
The Lilburn Research Fellow also has access to the general collections of the National Library, as well as online resources.
Further information, including conditions and application guidelines, can be found on the Douglas Lilburn website. Applications for the fellowship close on 7 December, 2012.
National Library Research Fellowship
Photo by Mark Beatty.
This fellowship has not been offered between 2009-2012 due to our recent Wellington building redevelopment.
The Friends of the Turnbull Library Research Grant
Alexander Turnbull Library bookplate, BOOKPLATES-Graham-NZ-Turnbull-1951-01.
The Friends of the Turnbull Library offer an annual research grant to a researcher who plans to make significant use of the Turnbull Library collections.
The grant celebrates the significant role of ongoing research and publication based on the Library's collections, and the contribution researchers can make by using the Turnbull. Previous winners have researched Douglas Lilburn, early Anglican Church architecture, Makareti (Maggie Papakura) and many other topics.
The successful applicant will receive a grant of $10,000. Applications for the 2013 grant close on Monday 15 October, 2012.
You can get more information about the grant, terms and conditions, and how to apply on the Friends of the Turnbull Site.
Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection Research Grant
The Friends offer a biennial research grant to a researcher who intends to make use of the Dorothy Neal White collection, or the National Children's collection.
The award is open to students studying at 300-level or higher at any tertiary institution in New Zealand, and graduate teachers undertaking study. The winning applicant will be selected on the basis of academic merit and the suitability of the proposed research topic.
Previous recipients have researched topics including the presentation of Irish characters in children's books, the formation of national identity in junior fiction, and the use of archaic and negative portrayals in currently-available works.
You can get more information about applying, and terms and conditions, from the Friends of the Dorothy Neale White Collection website.
Susan Price Scholarship
The Susan Price Scholarship is awarded biannually to a Masters or PhD student at Victoria University of Wellington, for research that will make use of the Susan Price Collection. Students will likely be studying English, History, or Librarianship
The winning applicant will be selected on the basis of academic merit and the suitability of the research proposal.
Applications close on September 1 each year.
You can get more information about applying, and terms and conditions, from the Victoria University of Wellington website.
Jean Wright Award
Country Library Service bus and librarians, PAColl-6203-03.
The late Jean Wright, a former Librarian in Charge of the Country Library Service Regional office in Christchurch, established a trust fund to further the library education and training of librarians.The Jean Wright Award is managed by the National Library under the terms of Jean Wright's will. Applicants for the award must be from a public library serving a New Zealand community of not more than 15,000 people and that is supported financially by the local authority.
Applications are called for in June each year, for training undertaken within that calendar year. For more information telephone (04) 474 3027.
Jack Ilott Oral History Education Operating Fund
'Editor' portable reel to reel tape recorder, 1/2-210819-F.
This Fund was set up through the generosity of philanthropist Jack Ilott 'to promote standards in the use of oral history as a means of documenting New Zealand’s past and contemporary history'. Grants of up to $500 may be made.
Applications can be made at any time. The Ilott Fund is administered by the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust.