NZSA Auckland Museum Research Grants
The New Zealand Society of Authors in association with the Auckland Museum are delighted to be offering two grants to provide assistance to writers wishing to undertake research for a writing project.
The purpose of these grants is to create an opportunity for two writers to utilise the facilities and resources of the Auckland Museum Library in the development of their manuscript. The grants comprise one National Grant and oneAuckland Regional Grant for local writers. Both grants are open to fiction, non-fiction and academic writers.
The Auckland Museum Library is one of New Zealand’s major research libraries. The depth of material available for use by the general public as well as academics and researchers, is highly valued throughout New Zealand and internationally. Formed in November 1867 as part of the Auckland Institute, the library has grown to include some outstanding collections relating in particular to Auckland, New Zealand and the South Pacific. In addition to a comprehensive historical book and scientific collection relating to New Zealand and the Pacific, the Museum Library holds over 3700 manuscript collections, early Auckland newspapers, journals, maps, ephemera, and provides access to a collection of 1.3 million photographs. There is also a bookplate (ex libris) collection of exceptional range and quality.
The National Grant offers a stipend of $4,000 and is open to any current NZSA member. Research must take place at the Auckland Museum Library. The Library offers a reading room and reasonable copying facilities free of charge for the recipient as well as guided access to their manuscripts and other collections.
4 weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers Centre in Auckland will be offered in addition to the stipend. It can be taken in two blocks of two weeks.
Auckland Regional Grant
The Auckland Regional Grant offers a stipend of $2,500. This grant is open to Auckland residents of the New Zealand Society of Authors. Research must take place at the Auckland Museum Library. The Library offers reasonable copying facilities free of charge for the recipients as well as guided access to their manuscripts and other collections.
Applications open 15 August and close 28 October 2016. The winner will be announced late November 2016.
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2011 – Michelle Elvy – National Grant
2011 – Tania Hutley – Local Grant
2011 – Sue Gee – Local Grant
2012 – Whiti Hereaka – National
2012 – Diana Harris – Local
2012 – Angela Lassig – Local
2013 – Jenny Haworth – National
2013 – Zoe Meager – Auckland
2013 – Joelle Thomson – Open Auckland
2014 – Douglas Lloyd Jenkins
2015 – Paolo Rotondo – National
2015 – David Veart & Lorraine Wilson – Auckland