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Motu Wellbeing and Sustainability Maori Internship

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What does the scholarship get me?

All domestic interns at Motu receive a stipend.

Closing dates for applications

Next: 1 April 2023

Applications closed 1 Apr 20

Length of award

Our internships are for researchers starting their careers to work with high calibre research and policy experts.

Summer internships are paid full-time positions that usually run for 8–12 weeks between November and February. Applications for summer internships are now open, and you can apply here.

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Purpose of award

The programme funded by this grant investigates the validity of wellbeing and sustainability indicators for New Zealand, including Maori perspectives on wellbeing and sustainability.

Selection criteria

Eligible applicants are Maori tertiary students (at any level of tertiary study) keen to explore new ideas and who have good written and oral communication skills.

Some study in one or more of economics, social sciences or sciences is desirable but not necessary. A working knowledge of tikanga Maori will be helpful.


What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

• The intern will work with an experienced academic at Lincoln University and with a Motu Senior Fellow, gaining invaluable research skills.
• A working knowledge of tikanga Maori will be helpful.
• The intern will work with an experienced academic at Lincoln University and with a Motu Senior Fellow, gaining invaluable research skills. The topic will relate to biowastes management and will be embedded in a larger research programme and research centre (Centre for Integrated Biowaste Research).
• The intern will preferably be located at Lincoln University in Canterbury, although location at Motu Research in Wellington will be considered.

How do students apply?

Applications for research analyst and intern positions for the 2021/22 year will open on 30 January 2021.

Motu currently funds two scholarships:
the Motu Thesis Scholarship for students of Māori descent, and
the Motu Doctoral Scholarship.
The Motu Research and Education Foundation also offers a cash prize for the top economics undergraduate student in New Zealand. The Frank Holmes Prize is awarded every year in October and is only available by nomination by university heads of department.
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How and when do students learn of the decision?

Motu’s internship programme is designed to apply and extend students’ empirical skills and assist with their development as researchers. Its underlying aim is to build research capability, improving the skills of young researchers and the quality of New Zealand research. Motu interns work on research projects led by one of the Senior Fellows, and are encouraged to think critically about the public policy and research issues involved. Internships build students’ skills, as well as providing our researchers with useful research assistance.

Decision makers

Motu Research and Education Foundation.

History or background of award

The internship is funded through a Marsden Fund grant received by Motu from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Additional information

Ultimately we hope our interns will be better equipped to consider a career in research or public policy analysis.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research
PO Box 24390, Wellington 6142


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in November 2021.