Applications are now closed the Wai Māori Scholarship

The Wai Māori Scholarship applications are now closed for 2023. Please join the pānui list below to be notified of future funding rounds.

The Wai Māori Scholarship is a fund aimed at supporting Māori in the pursuit of freshwater or freshwater fisheries research or study.

It was established in 2022 to strengthen the presence of Māori experts in the freshwater and freshwater fisheries related fields of academic study and professional fields. The scholarship seeks to encourage Māori students to pursue research in these fields or further their academic journey.

A total fund of $30,000 has been made available for this scholarship, this may be awarded to a single recipient or split between a number of recipients.

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Purpose of the fund

The scholarship seeks to contribute to the advancement of study or research in one or more of the following areas: 

Indigenous freshwater species research  

Effects of climate change on indigenous freshwater species 

Kaupapa Māori freshwater research 

Māori rights and interests in freshwater  

Freshwater and/or freshwater fisheries/species management and protection  

Freshwater and/or freshwater fisheries/species policy, regulation, and development 

Building or strengthening connections of tauira to their iwi/hapū