NPM New Horizons Summer Internships 2021-2022

Grant Status: 
Opening and Closing Dates: 
Monday, October 18, 2021 - 11:15 to Monday, November 1, 2021 - 17:00

The Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Māori (NPM) Futures Programme supports promising Māori students as a means to growing an expert and capable Māori researcher workforce for Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme is about growing tomorrow’s Māori research leaders who are able to set and pursue strong research directions to produce knowledge, foundational to building a flourishing future for Māori. Our internship programme is a successful and long-standing strategy that NPM uses to achieve this goal. Some of our earlier interns have pursued doctoral and post-doctoral studies; joined impactful research teams in the National Science Challenges; found academic or professional research roles in organisations like Universities and Crown Research Institutions; or founded their own research consultancies. Ours is an excellent programme.

The New Horizons internship programme is for Māori students interested in pursuing a career in research. The award will provide assistance to Māori students enrolled at an NPM tertiary education partner entity to gain research experience and increase their research skills. The student will work under the supervision and guidance of an excellent NPM Māori researcher based at any NPM partner entity. The student will complete research activities that align to the NPM Matakitenga research programme and contribute to the mission of NPM which is to create the foundations for flourishing Māori futures. Interns will participate in the online NPM Māori Futures support programme during the tenure of their award and are actively encouraged to participate in broader NPM activities as appropriate.

10 weeks between 6 December 2021 to 28 February 2022.  Actual starting and finishing dates will be determined by the supervisor. 

The award is for Māori pre-doctoral students enrolled at an NPM tertiary education partner entity in 2021 who are genuinely interested in advancing their skills and capacity in Indigenous development and research. They can be enrolled in upper level undergraduate (Bachelor) or post-graduate (Master) degree programmes.

$6,000 NZD per award


  • The stipend is valued at $6,000 and will be paid in two equal instalments of $3,000 directly to the intern. The first instalment will be on acceptance and submission by the intern of a work plan for the internship. The final instalment will be on completion of all internship requirements and receipt by the NPM secretariat of all associated outputs/reports.

  • The tenure is full-time for up to 10 weeks between 6 December 2021 to 28 February 2022.  Actual starting and finishing dates will be determined by the supervisor.

  • Internships should be a meaningful research activity associated with a larger research project or programme that can be completed in 10 weeks. Interns are expected to be actively engaged with a team of researchers.

  • The intern will be supervised by the researcher who proposed the internship.

  • The stipend does not include research expenses (e.g., consumables, travel costs). Research expenses should be discussed by the student and their supervisor and clear expectations established on how the supervisor will meet these expenses. 

  • Interns will attend at least six virtual sessions of the “NPM Māori Futures” programme.  The sessions will include guest speakers, intern presentations and professional development activities.  As part of the session, students report on the progress of their internship.   The dates for these meetings will be notified in the letter of engagement and continue for the award period.


Complete the application form and upload with the required information to the online application portal. The application form and files can be found below. We ask student applicants to indicate their first, second and third choice from the available internship projects. The descriptions can be found in the NPFNH Summer Internship Projects file.


Through the online portal you will need to submit:

  • A completed application form (WORD DOC)
  • Your CV
  • Your academic transcript
  • A reference from an academic staff member.