Student Grants

R&D Fellowship Grants

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Solve a challenging R&D problem in your business with PhD or masters research.

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Grants criteria and application process

Applications are currently closed for our grant products and are expected to reopen in the new financial year after 1 July 2022. 

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How can the grant help me?

The R&D Fellowship Grant is designed to provide your business with advanced research at PhD or masters level.

Solving the problem for your business will be the project’s purpose. The research is undertaken inside your business and at the university, and is the research topic on which the PhD or masters thesis is based.

You’ll get access to the latest thinking and knowledge through the student’s university supervisor and build on-going links between your business and the university.

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How does it work?

Your business and the university supervisor will jointly supervise the student’s research project, and the research is undertaken at both sites.

R&D Fellowship Grant students receive a stipend and a fee is paid to the university to support their role in the scheme. Cost of the student’s tuition fees is not included in this funding.

Funding is provided for the research activity only and available for a maximum of three years for a PhD and up to two years for a master’s degree.

The student must be in full time study. 

Maximum payments for a PhD or master’s degree research project per annum:

  • Stipend $26,000 (GST exempt) p.a.
  • University host fee $4,500 (GST exclusive) p.a.

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Who can apply?

For businesses

To apply for an R&D Fellowship Grant, your business must be one of the following:

  • Incorporated in New Zealand and registered under the Companies Act 1993. Note that companies registered on the Overseas Register are not eligible for funding.
  • A New Zealand registered  Limited Partnership.
  • A Māori incorporation or trust established under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act, a trust set up to manage assets as part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement, a Māori statutory body, or a business controlled by one or more of these entities.

To qualify, your business must also:

  • Have an active R&D programme i.e. an R&D budget and R&D staff.
  • Not have another active Career or Fellowship student grant in place. In other words, if you have a student on board now, funded by either a Fellowship or Career Grant, you can’t apply for another of either. However, if that student grant finishes, then you are able to join the waitlist to apply. Note: This does not relate to Student Experience Grants as we have completed the application and approval round for this financial year. Those with current or upcoming Student Experience Grants can still join the waitlist to apply for Fellowship or Career Grants.
  • Meet due diligence requirements.

For students

To be eligible for an R&D Fellowship Grant placement, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a masters or PhD requiring the completion of a research thesis or project.
  • Be studying science, technology, engineering, design or business at a New Zealand university or tertiary institute.
  • Be legally permitted to study in New Zealand.
  • Be physically present in New Zealand.

For businesses

Talk to us and we’ll help you through the process. Phone Callaghan Innovation on 0800 4 CALLAGHAN (0800 422 552)

For students

Talk to your university research office.

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R&D Fellowship Grants guides 

File Fellowship Grant - Application Guidelines and Template
PDF icon Fellowship Grant - University confirmation form
PDF icon Fellowship Grant - Number of grants per business guide
PDF icon Fellowship Grant - Funding Calculation Guide
PDF icon Fellowship Grant - Roles and responsibilities
PDF icon Fellowship Grant - Funding agreement example
PDF icon Fellowship Grant - Information sheet for students

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Further information

Answers to frequently asked questions about Fellowship Grants can be found at Student Grant FAQs.

For more information, contact us.


Updated: 11 April 2022