NZSA Auckland Museum Research Grant + Residency
The New Zealand Society of Authors in association with the Auckland Museum is delighted to offer a grant that gives the recipient the opportunity to develop a written project utilising the facilities and resources of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Library Te Pātaka Mātāpuna (hereafter “the Library”). The Grant is open to fiction, non-fiction and academic writers alike.
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 Grant offers a stipend of $5,000 and is open to any current NZSA member.
Four weeks’ funded accommodation at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Auckland is offered in addition to the stipend. It can be taken in two blocks of two weeks.
Research must take place at the Library. The Library offers recipients reasonable copying facilities free of charge for the duration of the Grant, as well as guided access to the Documentary Heritage collections.
Auckland Museum Institute membership
The recipient will receive a one-year membership to the Auckland Museum Institute, valued at $50. Benefits of membership include:
- Exclusive members-only behind-the-scenes experiences and in-depth field trips
- One free guided highlights tour of the Museum for up to two people
- A 10% discount at the AM Shop
- Special member pricing for selected AM events, including LATE and Fazioli seasons
- Access to our stimulating annual lecture series that includes renowned speakers from New Zealand and around the world
- A seasonal What’s On guide posted to you quarterly, with regular eNewsletter updates throughout the year
- A connection with the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Aporangi
Applications open from 16 October 2020 to 31 January 2021
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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
2016 – Laurence Fearnley – National
2016 – Jenny Clay – Auckland
2017 – Joan Norlev Taylor – National
2017 – Geoff Allen – Auckland
2018 – Sarah Ell
2019/20 – Cassandra Tse