NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grant
+ Residency Now Open for Applications
Applications are now open for a $5000 research grant and residency for writers wishing to work on a project that will utilise the resources of the Auckland Museum Library as part of the manuscript’s development. The grant also offers the recipient the opportunity to take up four weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport.
This grant + residency is offered by the
Auckland War Memorial Museum and NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) and can be
used for fiction and non-fiction projects.
The NZSA / Auckland Museum Research Grant + Residency comprises:
- A Grant of $5,000 supplemented by the option of 4 weeks funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport.
- The Auckland Museum Library reading room and copying facilities for grant recipients as a working space as well as guided access to the library’s collections of manuscripts, pictures and publications.
- The recipient also receives a one year membership to the Auckland Museum Institute. Benefits of being a member include a free guided highlights tour of the Museum and special member pricing at the AM shop and for selected Museum events.
In 2018 the Grant was awarded to Auckland writer Sarah Ell, whose winning proposal utilised research drawn from the Auckland Museum Library’s extensive collections on New Zealand native species.
Previous recipients have also included Laurence Fearnley – who used the award for research on smell and landscape, specifically drawing on the journals of naturalist and missionary Rev. Richard Taylor and the observations he made regarding scented plant material used by Māori in the creation of “The Grand Māori Perfume.” While screenwriter, playwright, filmmaker and actor Paolo Rotondo used his research to work on his play Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn.