Medals, awards and fellowships

Internal

Our College Research Awards and Massey University Research Medals, developed in 2003, are awarded on an annual basis to recognise and reward research excellence.  It is important that we acknowledge and honour excellence and that we value the depth and breadth of our research here at Massey.

College Research Awards

The College Research Awards recognise the outstanding research achievements of Massey University staff.  Three awards may be made annually within each College, in the following categories: Individual, Early Career and Supervisor.  The winners of the College Research Awards will be presented with their awards at a special College ceremony.  All winners of a College Research Award are nominated automatically for consideration for the corresponding Massey University Research Medal.

Massey University Research Medals

The Massey University Research Medals are the highest awards for research bestowed by the University (honorary degrees excluded).  The Medals may be awarded annually to the most outstanding College Research Award winner in each category.  There are two further prestigious University Research Medals that may be awarded annually, in the categories of: Team and Exceptional Research Citizenship (Whaowhia Ngā Kete o Te Wānanga).

Nominations for the Awards and Medals open in July each year.  Nominations are made online, using the nomination portal found here.  For more information, see the Guidelines on the nomination web page. 

RECIPIENTS (PAST & PRESENT)

The recipients of these awards epitomise our values of creativity, excellence, innovation and connectedness. For more information on this year's and past winners, please visit Research Excellence Awards.

Contact

Please direct any queries to Dr Jo Whittle, Research Projects & Policy Manager, email: J.Whittle@massey.ac.nz or x 86087.


External

There are a wide range of medals and awards recognising outstanding researchers who have contributed to New Zealand's advancement of knowledge and research excellence as well as support through various fellowships. These include New Zealand opportunities and international collaborations through funding bodies such as RSNZ, Humboldt, Government of NZ, NZ Assn of Scientists, and Fulbright.  

Below is a list of the significant New Zealand Awards, Medals, and Fellowship nominations and applications availlable to recognise achievements of researchers and of research in New Zealand. The list includes the closing date and the initial application process, point of contact, and where appropriate any internal closing dates.

If you are applying or nominating to any of these opportunities please ensure that you advise the Office of the Provost via: Marise Murrie (m.d.murrie@massey.ac.nz).

A printable version of the list is available here:  2019 External Awards Medals and Fellowships list.pdf (366 KB)

   PhD

RSNZ

Hatherton Award

The Hatherton Award is awarded for the best scientific paper by a student registered for the degree of PhD at any New Zealand University, published or accepted for publication either during their studies or within two years of the completion of the PhD in Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences and Mathematical and Information Sciences. The Hatherton Award consists of a framed certificate and $500.

 29 March Annually

University of Cambridge

Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship

The Scholarships are intended to provide full support to enable completion of a PhD at the University of Cambridge in pure or applied science. Funding is for a maximum of three years, and covers a living allowance and pays for course and college fees, and a single return airfare betweent he UK and NZ per annum.

Late July Annually

   Early Career Researcher (ECR)

Humboldt

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Awarded to researchers who completed their doctorate in the last four years. Allows the researcher to carry out a long-term research project (6-24 months) in cooperation with an academic host at a research institution in Germany. Scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines may apply.

 Continuous

RSNZ

Cooper Award

The Cooper Award (Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Technology, Applied Sciences, and Engineering) is awarded annually for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for technology, applied sciences, or engineering research in New Zealand. The Award consists of a framed certificate and $2,500.

29 March Annually

RSNZ

Hamilton Award

The Hamilton Award (formerly called the Hamilton Memorial Prize) is awarded annually for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for scientific research in New Zealand. The Award consists of a framed certificate and $2,500. This prize is associated with the Hamilton Lecture.

29 March Annually

RSNZ

Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Humanities

Annual award for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for humanities research in New Zealand. The Early Career Research Excellence Award for Humanities consists of a framed certificate and $2,500.

29 March Annually

RSNZ

Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences

Annual award for the encouragement of early-career researchers currently based in New Zealand for social sciences research in New Zealand. The Early Career Research Excellence Award for Social Sciences consists of a framed certificate and $2,500.

29 March Annually

The Government of New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize

This Prize is for an outstanding emerging scientist undertaking research in New Zealand for a PhD,or graduates within 5 years of having completed their PhD. To be eligible the entrant must have been awarded their PhD from 1st January 2011, or later

 4 September   Annually

   Early Career Researcher - Mid-Career Researcher

RSNZ

Rutherford Discovery Fellowship

The Rutherford Discovery Fellowships support New Zealand’s most talented early- to mid-career researchers. This new Fellowship scheme also aims to attract top researchers, with international research experience, back to New Zealand.

April   Annually

   Mid-Career Researcher

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Research Medal

The Research Medal is awarded for outstanding fundamental or applied research in the physical, natural or social sciences published by a scientist or scientists within 15 years of their PhD.

 31 July Annually

   Mid-Career Researcher - Established Researcher

Fulbright

Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award                                                          

For an outstanding mid-career or senior New Zealand visual artist to undertake a three-month residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. One award valued at over US$24,000 is granted each year, towards a three months artist residency.

 26 July Annually

RSNZ

Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement

The award honours those who have achieved distinction in the protection, maintenance, management, improvement or understanding of the environment, in particular the sustainable management of the New Zealand environment. The award is made every three years to an individual and consists of a medal and a cash grant of $2000.

29 March   Every three years

RSNZ

Dame Joan Metge Medal

The Joan Metge Medal will be awarded to a social scientist who, working in New Zealand, has shown excellence in his/her area but also excellence in the utilisation of his/her social science training, research experience, teaching and/or working life to facilitate and create connections and opportunities among the various stakeholders involved in social science research.

The Medal will recognise in particular those who have contributed to capacity building, beneficial relationships with research participants, mentoring of new researchers as well as contributions to new knowledge.

2020      Every two years

RSNZ

Hector Medal

The Hector Medal is awarded annually in rotation, for chemical sciences, physical sciences, mathematical and information sciences to the researcher who, working within New Zealand, has undertaken work of great scientific or technological merit and has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the particular branch of science. This year is it awarded in physical sciences.

 29 March Annually

RSNZ

Hercus Medal

The Sir Charles Hercus Medal will be awarded biennially for molecular and cellular sciences and technologies; biomedical sciences and technologies; or clinical sciences and technologies and public health, rather than one discipline per round in rotation.

The medal will not normally be awarded in the same discipline two rounds in a row.

2020      Every two years

RSNZ

Hutton Medal

Awarded annually, in rotation, for earth sciences, plant sciences, and animal sciences, to the researcher who, working within New Zealand, has significantly advanced understanding of the natural environment of New Zealand through work of outstanding scientific or technological merit. The awardee must have received the greater part of his/her education in New Zealand or have resided in New Zealand for not less than 10 years. This year the medal is awarded in Earth Sciences.

 29 March Annually

RSNZ

Leonard Cockayne Lecture Award

The Cockayne Memorial Fund was established by public subscription to commemorate the life and work of Leonard Cockayne by the encouragement of botanical research in New Zealand. Under the rules amended by Council in 1957, the interest from the fund shall be used for grants in aid of addresses to be delivered or publications related to botanical research by New Zealand workers. Council in 1964 resolved to institute a triennial Cockayne Memorial Lecture, to be supported by the trust fund. Prize; Public Lecture Tour

2020    Every three years

RSNZ

MacDiarmid Medal

Awarded annually to a person who, while in New Zealand, has undertaken outstanding scientific research that demonstrates the potential for application to human benefit, such as in the areas of health, environment and technology.

29 March Annually

RSNZ

Mason Durie Medal

To recognise an outstanding contribution to the social sciences that while originating in a New Zealand environment, has had an international impact.

29 March Annually

RSNZ

Pickering Medal

The Medal is to be awarded annually to a person who, while in New Zealand, has through design, development or invention performed innovative work the results of which have been significant in their influence and recognition both nationally and internationally, or which have led to significant commercial success.

 29 March Annually

RSNZ

Te Rangaunua Hiranga Māori Award

Te Rangaunua Hiranga Maōri recognises excellent, innovative co-created research, conducted by Māori, that has made a distinctive contribution to community wellbeing and development in Aotearoa.

I takea mai te ingoa o Te Rangaunua Hiranga Māori i ngā ariā terenga waka o te ao tawhito, inā hoki, ko ngā waka tētahi wāhi nui o tō tātou hītori i roto i te mano tau ka hipa ake, ā, i mua atu hoki i te wehenga mai i Hawaiki. He whakapotonga te kupu Ranga o te kupu rangahau (tōna tikanga ko te rapu mōhiotanga).  Kua haumitia te kupu Ranga ki roto i te kupu unua, mai i Waka Unua (he waka takere rua) hei whakakaha i te whakaaro Hanga-kōtui. Te tikanga o te kupu hiranga ko te toi o te kahurangi.

29 March Inaugural year

RSNZ

Te Rangi Hiroa Medal

Social sciences award for work in social history, cultural diversity, socioeconomics or medical anthropology, awarded every two years.

He tohu pūtaiao pāpori mō ngā mahi mō te hītori pāpori, te kanorau ahurea, te ōhanga pāpori, te mātai tikanga tangata whakaora mate, ā, ka whakawhiwhia ia rua tau.

29 March    Every two years

The Government of New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize

This Prize will be given to a practising scientist who is an effective communicator and will provide them with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and capability in science media communication.

4 September Annually 

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Shorland Medal

The Shorland Medal is awarded in recognition of major and continued contribution to basic or applied research that has added significantly to scientific understanding or resulted in significant benefits to society.

 

31 July Annually

   Established Researcher

Humboldt

Humboldt Research Award

Granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.

 Continuous

RSNZ

Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Nominees for the award will be expected to have contributed significantly to science, technology, the humanities and the New Zealand community beyond their regular employment although such activities may be associated with or arise out of their employment.

Continuous

RSNZ

James Cook Research Fellowship

To researchers who are recognised leaders in their respective fields, have the requisite qualifications and experience, and are able to demonstrate that they have achieved national and international recognition in their area of scientific or technological research. The Fellowships allow them to concentrate on their chosen research for two years without the additional burden of administrative and teaching duties.  The funding package annually is $100,000 plus GST and up to $10,000 plus GST in relevant expenses.

  • Biological Sciences (including biotechnology)
  • Physical Sciences (including chemical sciences; geosciences, mathematical and information sciences)
  • Social Sciences (including research of relevance to peoples of New Zealand and/or the South-west Pacific)

 Mid May Annually

RSNZ

Jones Medal

The Jones Medal is awarded for lifetime achievement in pure or applied mathematics or statistics by a person with substantial connections to New Zealand.

The Jones Medal is accompanied by a prize of NZ$5,000 awarded by the NZ Mathematics Research Institute (Inc.)

2020        Every two years

RSNZ

Pou Aronui Award

This award is an honorary title bestowed on suitable persons who have provided distinguished service to the humanities-aronui. It is an annual award that recognises contributory and dedicated service to the humanities-aronui over a sustained period.

29 March Annually

RSNZ

Rutherford Medal

This is the highest award instituted by the Royal Society of New Zealand at the request of the Government to recognise exceptional contributions to the advancement and promotion of public awareness, knowledge and understanding in addition to eminent research or technological practice by a person or group in any field of science, mathematics, social science, or technology. A group award shall only be made in very meritorious circumstances. Medal and prize money: $100,000

29 March Annually

RSNZ

Te Puāwaitanga Research Excellence Award

Te Puāwaitanga Research Excellence Award is Royal Society Te Apārangi's highest award in recognition of research that has made an eminent and distinctive contribution to Te Ao Māori, and to Māori and Indigenous knowledge.

Ko te Tohu Kairangi Rangahau o Te Puāwaitanga te whakawhiwhinga tiketike rawa o te Royal Society Te Apārangi mō te toi o te rangahau, i puta ai he hua tino nui rawa atu ki te Ao Māori, ki te Mātauranga Māori, Iwi Taketake anō hoki.

2020       Every two years

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Marsden Medal

The Marsden Medal is awarded for a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause or profession of science, in the widest connotation of the phrase.

 31 July Annually

    Any Stage

Fulbright

Fulbright-Cognition Scholar Award in Education Research

The Fulbright-Cognition Scholar Award in Education Research is for a New Zealand researcher or educator to pursue research in the US designed to have an impact on New Zealand student outcomes. One or two awards valued at up to US$37,500 are granted each year, towards two to five months of research.

1 October Annually

Fulbright

Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency

For a New Zealand writer of Pacific heritage to carry out work on a creative writing project exploring Pacific identity, culture or history at the University of Hawai‘i for three months. One award valued at NZ$30,000 is granted each year, towards three months of writing.

1 March Annually

Fulbright

Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award

 For New Zealand academics, artists or professionals to lecture and/or conduct research at US institutions. A small number of awards valued at up to US$32,500 plus travel are granted each year, towards three to five months of lecturing and/or research. These awards are available for lecturing and/or research in any field.

1 October Annually

Fulbright

Fulbright-Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga Scholar Award

For a New Zealand academic, artist or professional to lecture and/or conduct research at a US institution in the field of indigenous development. One award valued at up to US$32,500 plus travel is granted each year, towards three to five months of lecturing and/or research.

The award is available for lecturing and/or research which fits within one of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s research themes( www.maramatanga.ac.nz).

 1 October Annually

HRC

Liley Medal

Health Research Council Medal, the Liley Medal is for a research contribution from the previous calendar year. Authors must have permission for dissemination from the publisher. The eligible work must also have been carried out and published while the health researcher was predominantly in New Zealand. An accumulated body of work to mark a career contribution over a number of years does not meet the criteria for the award. 

June Annually

HRC

Beaven Medal

Health Research Council of New Zealand Medal. This medal is awarded to an individual or team who have had a significant piece of research published in the previous calendar year that has made a significant contribution to health and medical science.

June Annually

NZ Book Awards Trust

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

These annual awards offer four principal prizes: the Poetry Award, the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, the Illustrated Non-Fiction Award and the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction. There are also four Best First Book awards, and a Māori language award for books written entirely in te reo Māori, awarded at the judges’ discretion.

A long list of up to 40 titles is announced in November of the preceding year, and a shortlist is released in March. The awards event is held in May each year.

Winners of the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize win $50,000. Winners of the other three principal category awards each receive $10,000, the Māori language award $10,000, and each of the winners of the four Best First Book awards, $2,500.

August Annually

RSNZ

Callaghan Medal

Science communication award, for outstanding contribution to science communication, in particular raising public awareness of the value of science to human progress, awarded annually.

29 March Annually

RSNZ

Humanities Aronui Medal

Awarded annually for research or innovative work of outstanding merit in the Humanities.  This includes conventional academic research and work in the creative arts. Researchers from all disciplines of the Humanities will be considered each year.  The disciplines: Humanities includes languages, history, religion, philosophy, law, classics, linguistics, literature, cultural studies, media studies, art history, film, and drama.

29 March Annually

RSNZ

Scott Medal

This medal is awarded to the researcher who, working within New Zealand, has undertaken work of great merit and has made an outstanding contribution towards the advancement of the particular branch of engineering sciences, technologies, and their applications.  

29 March     Every two years

RSNZ

Thomson Medal

Awarded annually for outstanding and inspirational leadership in the management of science leading to the development and application of science and/or technology to wealth generation in New Zealand.

29 March Annually

The New Zealand Association of Scientists

Science Communicator Award

This award is made annually to a practising scientist (or group of scientists) for excellence in communicating science to the general public, in any area of science or technology. Nominations are sought from scientific organizations, scientific associations and individuals.

31 July Annually

The Government of New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s Science Prize

This Prize is in recognition of a trans-formative science discovery or achievement which has led to an economic, health, social and/or environmental impact on New Zealand, or internationally.

In this context, science is taken to encompass the physical, chemical, biological, social and technological sciences, mathematics and engineering.

4 September   Annually

Universities NZ

Critic and Conscience of Society Award

The purpose of the Award is to encourage the academic staff at New Zealand universities to act as the critic and conscience of society by providing the public with independent, expert commentary on issues affecting the New Zealand community and future generations. The Award will be presented at a special function in mid-2018 and will be accompanied by a cheque for $50,000 which is to be used by the recipient to assist with research, conferences and other work-related expenses.

28 February Annually

Highlights

Rutherford Discovery Fellowship recipient Dr Karen Stockin

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Rutherford Discovery Fellowship recipent Dr Krushil Watene

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PROFESSOR MURRAY COX AWARDED TE RANGI HIROA MEDAL

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Prestigious research fellowships for top scientists

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