Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa and Hei Āhuru Mōwai are once again partnering this year to award the Māori Cancer Researcher Awards 2022. This year we will be offering both Masters and PhD Scholarships.

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Māori Cancer Researcher Awards 2022

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Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa (The Cancer Society of New Zealand) is a major funder of life-saving and world-class cancer research through its Research Grants Programme. Hei Āhuru Mōwai (Māori Cancer Leadership Aotearoa) is a network of internationally and nationally renowned Māori cancer experts who deliver indigenous expertise to cancer control in Aotearoa.

Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa and Hei Āhuru Mōwai are continuing their partnership this year to award a round of Research Masters and PhD scholarships to Māori Cancer Researchers.

The Māori Cancer Researcher Awards 2022 demonstrate our shared commitment to advance Māori aspirations in cancer research, and our recognition of the importance of representation in the research workforce in achieving this.


The Māori Cancer Researcher Awards 2022 are for researchers who are committed to hauora Māori, maximising Māori cancer health gains, addressing existing cancer and health inequities. We value applications that include kaupapa Māori and mātauranga Māori.

To be eligible, you must: 

  • Be of Māori descent
  • Be resident in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Have academic supervision which includes at least one Māori supervisor. Those unable to identify a Māori supervisor are encouraged to get in touch prior to applying.
  • Intend to enrol or already be enrolled in a Research Masters or PhD. Those who have not yet enrolled for their proposed course of study but are intending to do so may apply for this scholarship. In this case any award will be conditional on the applicant’s successful enrolment in either a Research Masters or PhD at a New Zealand Wānanga or University.

Each Masters Scholarship will comprise the following components and will last for one year (12 months):

  • Stipend of $35,000
  • Tuition fees of $10,000

Each PhD Scholarship will comprise the following components and will last for three years (36 months):

  • Stipend of $40,000 per year
  • Tuition fees of $10,000 per year
  • Tikanga contribution of $10,000 across the course of the award

Part-time students are welcome to enrol, noting that for such students the scholarship would be pro-rated. The award will not be granted for a period longer than the equivalent of one year (Masters) or three years (PhD) fulltime.

How to apply

Application Guidelines are available here.

The Application Form is available here.

Applications are due Friday 26 August


 To help with planning for this year, we are asking all applicants to register their interest in applying via the below form. Please fill this out by 1 August 2022.


If you have missed the registration deadline, please email Nicole Stanton at research@cancer.org.nz

For more information

If you have any pātai, please email Nicole Stanton @ research@cancer.org.nz

Last updated: July 12, 2022