CLNZ / NZSA Research Grants

The 2020 Research Grants are proudly bought to you by the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) and Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) to support New Zealand writers by providing assistance to writers who wish to undertake research for a fiction or non-fiction writing project.

Applications for 2020 open 29 May with a deadline of 26 June

  • Four $5,000 Research Grants are available;
  • Plus one Research Grant recipient will be selected to also receive a six-week fellowship* at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University Wellington.

The CLNZ/NZSA Stout Centre Research Grant* is based in Wellington; the other three grants are the CLNZ/NZSA Open Research Grants.

The Stout Research Centre is at Victoria University in Wellington. The Stout Research Centre generously offers its facilities for a period of six weeks during October / November. SRC offers a lively research environment for postgraduate students, international scholars and independent New Zealand researchers and writers – a great place to be while you utilise your CLNZ/NZSA Research Grant!

Submissions for entries must be made online. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised before the announcement in September. Successful recipients will be contacted directly and will be publicized widely through CLNZ and NZSA media channels.

Deadline for applications is 4pm Friday 26 June.  An application fee of $25 is required to complete application.  This fee helps ensure the sustainable administration of the grants.

CLNZ / NZSA Research Grant Guidelines

* NOTE: the Stout portion of the grant will be confirmed once the country returns to level 1 on the covid-19 alert system.


Past Recipients

2019 (read the full media release about the winners)

Open Grant: Giovanna Fenster – writing ‘Be Reasonable’. This entry impressed the judges with its originality. “We felt that as research continues the subject may broaden to investigate areas as yet unexplored. A clever concept with contemporary applications.”

Open Grant: Philip Simpson – writing ‘Remarkable Plants of Aotearoa New Zealand’. The judges said that Philip’s project will be another volume in this author’s fascinating exploration of our country’s flora. Philip is described by one of the panel as ‘a botanist story teller’ and another as ‘like being taught by a favourite teacher.’

Open Grant: Ghazaleh Golbakhsh – writing ‘The Shah of Grey Lynn and Other Stories’. The judges felt Ghazaleh’s entry was outstanding. It was “a piece of writing that kept enticing you back for yet one more read.”

Stout Grant: Joanne Drayton – writing ‘A Good Listener’. Joanne Drayton is an acclaimed New York Times bestselling author who has published six books and numerous chapters and articles. The judges said Joanne has a deserved reputation and her writing has a wide popular appeal. “A well thought out and engaging proposal for a project of national significance and interest.”


Open Grant: Jock Phillips – writing ‘A History of New Zealand in 100 Objects’. This book will tell the history of New Zealand in an accessible and interesting way – through the stories of 100 objects carefully chosen to be representative and intriguing.

Open Grant: Philip Matthews – ‘Funny As’, the first comprehensive history of comedy in New Zealand. Covering everything from live performance to literature to screen culture, it looks at how we express our sense of humour and what for.

Open Grant: Pip Desmond – ‘Some People Feel the Rain’ about the death of 21-year-old Nicky Stevens.

Stout: Dr Mike Dickison – ‘The New Zealand Amateur Naturalist,’ a collection of practical activities for Kiwis aged 9–teen encouraging them to explore and observe the natural world and become citizen scientists.

Jamie Robins
Phil Garnock-Jones
Pip Hall
Michalia Arathimos

Susy Pointon
Jared Davidson
Grace Millar
Aaron Fox

Heather McQuillan
Paul Moon
Philippa Werry
Paul Bensemann

Hannah August
Alison Wong
Adam Dudding

Witi Ihimaera
Laurence Fearnley

Kelly Ana Morey
David McGill

Jenny Argante
Stout Grant

Bradford Haami
Rebecca Priestley

Jocelyn Robson
Bill Morris

Simon Nathan
Peter Wells