Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship Programme


Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship Programme

Whakauae Research Services Ltd (Whakauae) is the only iwi-owned and mandated health research centre in Aotearoa. Whakauae was established in 2005 by Ngāti Hauiti, an iwi located in central Rangitīkei. The aim of establishing Whakauae was twofold: to develop the research capacity of Ngāti Hauiti and to undertake high quality Māori-centred health research to inform, and contribute to, improved outcomes for Māori. Since its establishment Whakauae has gained a reputation for conducting high quality health research that makes a difference for Māori; building the capability of Māori communities to drive their own research agendas; and building the Māori health research workforce. To further progress Whakauae’s aims of developing Māori health research capacity, in 2018 Whakauae will offer post-graduate research scholarships to support Māori students interested in pursuing a career in health research; where health is understood in its broadest sense. These scholarships are offered as part of Ngati Hauiti’s broader Pae Tawhiti Scholarship Programme and will be known as the Whakauae Pae Tawhiti Scholarships for Māori Health Research. The scholarships, and indeed the programme itself, are named in recognition of the whakatauāki by Whakaari Te Rangitakuku (Rangi) Mete-Kingi, LLD, CBE who in 1979, was awarded a Doctor of Laws by Victoria University of Wellington. As a long-time resident of Rātā, Dr Mete-Kingi was of the Ngāi Te Upokoiri hapū of Ngāti Hauiti and envisaged significant economic and cultural development for Ngāti Hauiti; much of which has come to fruition today. One interpretation of his whakatauāki is to encourage people to strive for excellence and having attained excellence, celebrate that achievement. Implicit in the whakatauāki however, is the understanding that having achieved one set of goals, we should not be complacent, but identify the next challenge, the next objective. This is a sentiment that encapsulates the efforts of Whakauae in health research. We believe it is not sufficient to simply produce research results; these results need to be successfully translated into changes in policy, service and funding levels to positively impact on Māori whānau and communities. The scholarships are available to Masters candidates in their thesis year and to PhD candidates, through an application and assessment process. Applicants for the scholarships should be enrolled in a Masters (by thesis) or PhD programme, which will contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of Māori whānau, hapū and iwi. We encourage applications from students who are engaged in academic study and research activity, which aligns to the broad streams of Whakauae’s work programme; namely health services, community development and public health research. We are particularly interested in applications from those who affiliate to Ngāti Hauiti or the wider confederated iwi of Mōkai Pātea including Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāti Tamakōpiri and Ngāi Te Ohuake. However applications from Māori who whakapapa to other rohe will also be considered.

Total Number of Recipients: Up to 2Total value: Up to $30,000

Criteria These scholarships are available to Māori students with a record of proven academic excellence, demonstrated commitment to te ao Māori, undertaking Masters or PhD postgraduate study in a health related degree with a research focus on Hauora Māori. Study must be carried out in New Zealand. Preference will be given to those students of Ngāti Hauiti descent. As this is a form of recurring scholarship, conditions will be placed on the award. Conditions will include the annual submission of academic results, annual progress reports from the successful recipient and supervisor or Head of Department, a signed contract which will include these conditions, and a refund policy should study cease. As part of the selection process, interviews will be conducted by the Selection Panel. The Whakauae Pae Tawhiti Scholarships for Māori Health Research funds are administered by the Māori Education Trust for Whakauae Research Services. As such, representatives of the Whakauae Research Services will be included in the selection of scholarship recipients. Value and No. of recipients One (1) scholarship of up to $25,000 per year for PhD study; and one (1) scholarship of $10,000 per year for Master’s study. The PhD scholarship will be for a maximum of three (3) years. Successful applicants may also be entitled to receive a contribution to university fees, attendance at a relevant conference or Whakauae sponsored event, and production costs for the thesis (if applicable) up to a maximum of 40% of the annual value of the scholarship. A scholarship holder may not hold any other scholarship for the period of the Whakauae Pae Tawhiti scholarship. Eligibility Applicants must:* be enrolled at a tertiary institute at the time the application is submitted;* meet the criteria for the scholarship;* submit the application and supporting documentation on time. Important Information: * Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.* You must advise the Māori Education Trust of any changes to your application. All changes must be advised in writing (email and post are acceptable).* All supporting documentation must be submitted.* Please do not staple your papers together; use a paper clip or place in a plastic sleeve.

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