Te Kāhui Matepukupuku o Aotearoa and Hei Āhuru Mōwai are once again partnering this year to award the Māori Cancer Researcher Awards 2023. Both Masters and PhD Scholarships are available.

Māori Cancer Researcher Awards 2023

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The deadline is 12 noon Friday 29 September 2023. If you cannot make this deadline please email Nicole at research@cancer.org.nz ASAP.


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 2023 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.

In 2023 we will be offering a Masters Scholarship in collaboration with the Gut Cancer Foundation.


The Māori Cancer Researcher Awards 2023 are for researchers who are committed to hauora Māori, maximising Māori cancer health gains, addressing existing cancer inequities, and/or fostering Māori health aspirations. 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. Information on supporting Māori students through their studies can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/ahuruakonga
  • 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 University or Whare Wānanga in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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 Flowchart (to come)

Masters Scholarship Guidelines

Masters Scholarship Form

PhD Scholarship Guidelines

PhD Scholarship Form

Please fill out the appropriate form using the corresponding guideline document, and submit your complete application to research@cancer.org.nz


Applications are due at 12 noon Friday 29 September 2023


 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 September 2023. If you have missed this deadline, please contact Nicole Stanton at research@cancer.org.nz


For more information

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

Last updated: September 29, 2023