Awards

Marsden success for Dr Fraser Macdonald

Dr Fraser Macdonald is one of the 2018 recipients of a prestigious Marsden Fast-Start Award. His project, Melanesia Burning: The Explosion of Pentecostalism in the Western Pacific, aims to unfold the untold story of the explosion of Pentecostalism in Melanesia in the 1970s.

Kākano Fund Round Two 2018 - call for applications

We are pleased to invite applications to the Kākano Fund from students enrolled during 2018 in a degree course for a BA Hons or MA in Social and/or Cultural Anthropology (consideration will also be given to PhD students if funding permits). Applications are due by 31 October 2018.

'Are you sure you're not a Christian?': Negotiating identity within and beyond fieldwork, by Jess Carter

In this short piece, 2017 Kākano Fund Award Winner Jess Carter reflects on the messy identity work involved in doing research with Christians as a practising non-Christian.

Quotidian Hopes: Interfaith in Auckland as a Movement for ‘Good’, by Sarah Haggar

In this short piece, Kākano Award winner Sarah Haggar reflects on a memorable fieldwork moment from her MA research, Quotidian Hopes: Interfaith in Auckland as a Movement for ‘Good’.

Kākano Fund Round One 2017 - applications now open

Applications to the Kākano Fund are now open. We welcome applications from students enrolled in the current year in a degree course for a BA Hons or MA in Social or Cultural Anthropology. Consideration will also be given to PhD students if funding permits.

Celebrating anthropological research in New Zealand: Lorena Gibson

Dr Lorena Gibson is one of the 2016 recipients of a prestigious Marsden Fast-Start Award. Her project, East Side Orchestras: Music, Poverty, and Social Change, explores the social impacts of three charitable organisations that provide free music education programmes inspired by El Sistema, one of the world’s most successful movements for musical and social development, in low decile schools in urban Wellington.

Success for NZ-based anthropologists in the 2016 Marsden Fund

Four New Zealand-based anthropologists have had success in the 2016 Marsden Fund awards. Our congratulations go to:

Professor Thegn Ladefoged from Anthropology at the University of Auckland, who received a Marsden grant of $705,000 for his project The making of Māori society: An archaeological analysis of social networks and geo-political interaction.

Associate Professor Jeff Sissons from Cultural Anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington, who received a Marsden grant of $390,000 for his project The mysterious disappearance of tūāhu.

Dr Phyllis Herda from Anthropology at the University of Auckland, who received a Marsden grant of $530,000 for the project Ancient Futures: Late 18th and early 19th century Tongan arts and their legacies.

Dr Lorena Gibson from Cultural Anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington, who received a Marsden Fast Start grant of $300,000 for her project East Side Orchestras: Music, poverty, and social change.

The Marsden Fund was established by the government in 1994 to fund excellent fundamental research. It is a contestable fund administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand on behalf of the Marsden Fund Council.

Marsden Fund research benefits society as a whole by contributing to the development of researchers with knowledge, skills and ideas. The Fund supports research excellence in science, engineering and maths, social sciences and the humanities. Competition for grants is intense. Marsden is regarded as the hallmark of excellence for research in New Zealand.