MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship
The MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship is aimed at supporting excellent early career researchers impacted by COVID-19 in the New Zealand research science system. This is a one-off initiative and will provide support of around $10 million over two years for 30 Fellows.
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The Fellowship objective
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on world economy and is likely to have long-term adverse impacts on the Research, Science and Innovation workforce. In response to the reduced opportunities experienced by New Zealand early career researchers (ECRs), we are providing this one-off funding opportunity to support the retention and development of ECRs with the potential to excel in a research environment.
The Fellowship intends 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 have been selected for a 2 year Fellowship to undertake research in any field (including the humanities, mātauranga and social science) at a New Zealand host research institution.
The MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship is administered by the Royal Society Te Apārangi for the New Zealand Government. The final decision on who receives a fellowship has been made by MBIE.
The MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship will award per annum (excluding GST), for a 2 year term:
- $75,000 towards the researcher’s salary
- $75,000 in organisational overheads
- $10,000 for research-related expenses.
The total value of an MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship is $320,000 per award.
The full list of the MBIE Science Whitinga Fellows:
|Dr Sylvia Frain||A Second Sun: The Legacies of Nuclear Imperialisms across Oceania||Auckland University of Technology|
|Dr Tui Matelau-Doherty||The value of positive ethnic and national identities for Māori and Pacific people in New Zealand||Auckland University of Technology|
|Dr Reem Abbas||Enhancing New Zealand’s Response and Resilience to Future Pandemics: Towards A Minimum Dataset for Health Disasters||Auckland University of Technology|
|Dr Greer Gilmer||Southward migration of the westerly wind belt: What is the impact on South Island water resources||GNS Science|
|Dr Leon Salter||Examining the effects of the expansion of gig work on health and wellbeing in a post-pandemic economy||Massey University|
|Dr Mahonri Owen||Semi-Autonomous Brain Controlled Interfaces to Overcome Physical and Nervous system Disorders||Massey University|
|Dr Rebecca Fitzgerald||Forecasting volcanic ballistic projectile hazard from blue sky eruptions at touristic volcanoes||Massey University|
|Dr Rebecca Campbell||High resolution epidemiological models for plant disease prediction and risk management in Aotearoa New Zealand||Plant & Food Research|
|Dr Samantha Heath||Fit for the future: Reimagining nurse preparation for practice in New Zealand’s changing demography||Unitec New Zealand|
|Dr Kris Taylor||'Boys Talk': Working with boys and young men towards the prevention of gender-based harassment and violence through a series of workshop interventions||The University of Auckland|
|Dr Jennifer Eom||Dissecting the molecular and functional diversity of tumour associated fibroblasts in the tumour microenvironment||The University of Auckland|
|Dr Febelyn Reguyal||NZ electric vehicles: Eco-friendly now, how about in the future?||The University of Auckland|
|Dr Anna Forsyth||Developing neuroimaging biomarkers of drug action for mental health medicines||The University of Auckland|
|Dr Jesse Wiki||Developing a spatial microsimulation model for population health and health policy in Aotearoa New Zealand||The University of Auckland|
|Dr Moeata Keil||‘It takes a village’: Caring for children in Pacific post-separation families||The University of Auckland|
|Dr Siobhan Tu'akoi||Co-designing a health promotion intervention for sustained rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease prevention in South Auckland Pacific communities||The University of Auckland|
|Dr James Hewett||Deep vein thrombosis: getting to the heart of the problem||University of Canterbury|
|Dr Wei Teng||In the Lay-reader’s Eyes - Reassurance of Translation Quality||University of Canterbury|
|Dr Amba Sepie||Strategies for Decolonisation: Indigenous Knowledges and Regenerative Cultural Design||University of Canterbury|
|Dr Anne Marie Sohler||A New Life at the Bottom of the World: Exploring the Embodied effects of Colonialism in 19th Century Pākehā and Chinese Migrants to New Zealand||University of Otago|
|Dr Xiaolin Cui||Minimally invasive delivery of exosomes for myocardial infarction therapeutics||University of Otago|
|Dr M-Remy Muhsin||Targeting Cryptosporidiosis with Novel Peptoid Therapeutics||University of Otago|
|Dr Paul Brown||Developing Accurate Preventative Crime Models that Reduce Systemic Biases||University of Waikato|
|Dr Jessica Tupou||Culturally responsive early intervention for tamariki Māori with takiwātanga/autism||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Dr Katharina Robichon||Towards personal medicine – Analysis of Receptor abundances in Multiple Sclerosis to determine treatment regime||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Dr Tara McAllister||Transforming how we do science in Aotearoa with mātauranga Māori|
|Dr Juergen Oesterle||Using cosmogenic radionuclides and fission-track thermochronometry to benchmark human enhanced erosion in a time of rapid climate change||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Dr Matt Majic||Mean path length in optical billiards||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Dr Samuel Crawley||Comparing public opinion on climate change in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia: belief and issue salience||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Dr Julian Mackay||Chainmail: Holistic Specifications for Robust Programs||Victoria University of Wellington|
The recipients meet the diversity targets of the MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship by funding:
- 8 of 30 Fellows identifying as Māori
- 4 of 30 Fellows identifying as Pacific Peoples
- 18 of 30 Fellows identifying as female
For more information on eligibility and selection process, visit the Royal Society Te Apārangi website.
About the MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship(external link) — Royal Society Te Apārangi website