Apply now for the BRNZ Eru Thompson Māori Postdoctoral fellowship

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Brain Research New Zealand – Rangahau Roro Aotearoa is a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) bringing together world leading neuroscience researchers and clinicians from across New Zealand to tackle ageing-related neurological disorders.


BRNZ is committed to developing Māori neuroscience research capacity.  Thus, BRNZ is now offering a fully-funded, 2-year Eru Thompson Māori Postdoctoral Fellowship. This fellowship will support a person identifying as Māori and holding a PhD to engage in innovative neuroscience research projects addressing any aspect of ageing-related neurological disorders, but with a preference for projects of relevance to Māori. Applicants must be based at one of our collaborating institutions: University of Auckland, University of Otago, University of Canterbury, AUT University.


The successful applicant will be able to join a network of Māori Neuroscience Researchers with CoRE support provided for mentoring and networking opportunities. Further support will be enabled by linking the successful candidate with Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga. This will enable the Eru Thompson postdoc to reach their highest potential, and develop the next generation of Māori academics and senior researchers who will make valuable social, cultural and economic contributions to the wellbeing of their whānau, hapū, iwi and our nation as a whole.


This Fellowship includes a competitive salary package for up to 2 years plus $10,000 per annum working expenses.

Application details

To apply:

1. Please contact a potential supervisor 

2. Discuss potential research projects.

3. Complete the application form and send as a single PDF file, along with a letter of support from your proposed supervisor/s by email to Alex Sweetman (

*Please note that to be eligible for funding at least one supervisor must be a BRNZ Principal Investigator, and that co-supervision is strongly advised. Refer to the application guidelines on this page for further information regarding the application process.

Applications close: Friday 3 June 2016, 5pm.


Candidates must identify their iwi and hapū affiliations and will be expected to have both an outstanding academic and research record, and a record of active engagement with iwi, hapū or rūnanga. Preference will be given to applications that are consistent with the ethos of the CoRE: innovative, collaborative, inter-institutional with shared supervision, multidisciplinary, translational.


For further information please contact Alexandra Sweetman (


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