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Opening and Closing Dates

2023 Jul 03 to 2023 Jul 24



Due 24 July 2023, 5pm

The Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Māori (NPM) Futures Programme supports promising Māori senior undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students as a means to growing an expert and capable Māori researcher workforce for Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme is about growing tomorrow’s Māori research leaders who are able to set and pursue strong research directions to produce knowledge, foundational to building a flourishing future for Māori. Our internship programme is a successful and long-standing strategy that NPM uses to achieve this goal. Some of our earlier interns have pursued doctoral and post-doctoral studies; joined impactful research teams in the National Science Challenges; found academic or professional research roles in organisations like Universities and Crown Research Institutions; or founded their own research consultancies. Ours is an excellent programme.



The New Horizons internship programme is for Māori students interested in pursuing a career in research. The award will provide assistance to Māori students enrolled at a NPM tertiary education partner entity to gain research experience and increase their research skills. The student will work under the supervision and guidance of an excellent NPM Māori researcher based at any NPM partner entity. The student will complete research activities that align to the NPM Matakitenga research programme and contribute to the mission of NPM which is to create the foundations for flourishing Māori futures. Interns will participate in the online NPM Māori Futures support programme during the tenure of their award and are actively encouraged to participate in broader NPM activities as appropriate.


20 internships will be available for the December 2023 - February 2024 summer period.


The award is for Māori pre-doctoral students enrolled at a NPM tertiary education partner entity in 2023 who are genuinely interested in advancing their skills and capacity in Indigenous development and research. They can be enrolled in upper-level undergraduate (Bachelor) or post-graduate (Master) degree programmes.


Any NPM researcher (supervisor) based at a NPM Partner entity can submit a proposal to host and supervise an intern. Any pre-doctoral upper-level undergraduate (Bachelor) or post-graduate (Master) Māori student genuinely interested in advancing their skills and capacity in Indigenous development and research and enrolled at a NPM tertiary education partner entity in 2023 may apply for advertised internships.


$7500 NZD per award






There are three stages to developing and awarding an internship.

1. Call for Internship proposals from NPM researchers

The internship proposal is for a research activity usually associated with a larger project or programme of research being led by the applying researcher. It is not recommended that a student conceive and conduct their own research project due to the short period of the internship. The focus of an internship research activity should be aligned with the NPM Matakitenga research framework. A research activity might include: a literature review, designing a survey, assisting with data collection, analysis of an existing data set, or engaging in a collaborative academic writing exercise. The proposed research activity should be achievable within a ten week period during the university summer holiday break. The researcher who submits a proposal is expected to be the person who will provide supervision and support to the intern.

2. Internship proposal selection

Following receipt of proposals, a process of selection will then take place with the most suitable internships advertised to Māori students on the Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga website and through social media channels beginning the week of the 14th August 2023.

3. Students apply for available internships

Any student enrolled at an NPM tertiary education partner entity may apply for an advertised summer internship. Internships are competitive and for this reason we ask student applicants to indicate their first, second and third choice of internship projects. Once we receive student applications, we determine the best match between advertised project and student interests. We then recommend the best match of student(s) to the supervising researcher. Once confirmed, the intern is expected to begin their internship any time after the conclusion of the university exam period but no later than the 4th of December 2023

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