John David Stout Research Fellowship

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  • Have you got a project relating to New Zealand society, history, or culture you wish to initiate or complete?
  • Can you devote yourself to full-time research for 12 months starting on 1 March 2024?
  • Are you a scholar of high standing with an established publication record?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting the 2024 John David Stout Fellow in New Zealand Studies. The tenure of the Fellowship will be for 12 months to be taken up on 1 March 2024. The Fellow will be attached to the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington and will be responsible to the Director.

The Fellowship is open to researchers in any area of study relating to New Zealand society, history, or culture, but is not intended to fund the writing of a novel, play or other literary work.

The Stout Research Centre has been established at Victoria University of Wellington to encourage the study of society, history, and culture in New Zealand. The Centre holds regular seminars and lectures during the year and the Fellow will be expected to contribute to this programme in a manner appropriate to his or her personal strengths and preferences. It is expected that a publication will result from the tenure of the Fellowship. All aspects of publication (negotiation of contract with publisher, design etc) are the responsibility of the Fellow. A room in the Stout Research Centre will be provided for the duration of the Fellowship, with access to computer, library, and other facilities.

Key requirements:

  • Applicants should submit a short description of their research project (500 words).
  • Applicants should provide personal details and an outline of relevant published writings and work in progress.
  • The proposed programme of work during the tenure of the Fellowship must be included, with an indication of the use likely to be made of the resources available in Wellington such as the Alexander Turnbull Library and Archives New Zealand.

In making the appointment, considerable weight will be given to published writings of high quality. It is hoped that the appointment will be announced in November 2023.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

Key requirements:

  • You should be a scholar of high standing.
  • Have an established publication record, with a particular project you wish to initiate or complete.
  • Able to devote yourself to full-time research and writing on your chosen topic.
  • You will spend a major part of your time at the Stout Research Centre and must be able to take an active part in the life of the Centre.

There is no restriction on either the nationality or occupation of applicants. The Fellowship will not be awarded to anyone whose research is concurrently supported by their regular employment, nor for the writing of a PhD. Preference may be given to an applicant who proposes a fresh field of research.

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking for a fixed-term role in a high-performing team within the Stout Research Centre.

The Fellowship is funded by the Stout Trust. It has been created to foster research in New Zealand society, history, and culture by providing the Fellow with an opportunity to work within an academic environment for the year of tenure. The Fellowship, which was established in 1985, has resulted in a body of influential publications in the field of New Zealand studies.

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 29 September 2023

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with the Director, Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies ( But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form.

Then, please combine your proposed programme of work, research project description, cover letter, CV, and the University Application Form into a single file (preferably in pdf format).

Click Apply Now Button at the base of the advert. Follow the process to enter your contact details and attach your combined file (CV, cover letter and the University application form) using the “CV/Resume” button.

If you have any issues uploading your application, please email the completed application form, cover letter and CV to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

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