The New Zealand History Research Trust Fund offers financial assistance to people carrying out projects that will significantly enhance the understanding of New Zealand's past. The funding can be used for a variety of purposes: to enable historians to work full-time on a project; to pay for research and writing costs; and to pay for travel costs associated with research.
Only works of non-fiction are eligible, and the scheme does not provide assistance for the collection or arrangement of archival material, the preparation of databases, or costs associated with the production and publication of a work.
This year the Trust Fund may grant one major Award of $60,000, as well as a number of smaller Awards of up to $12,000.
Any individual or group may apply for an Award in History, but tertiary students and staff are not eligible for assistance for projects undertaken as part of their university work. Staff of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage are also ineligible. Applicants may reside outside New Zealand.
Applications close on 15 October each year. An application form is available for download. Please read the form carefully and ensure that your application includes all the information requested. The main requirements are a discussion of the significance of the project, a clear explanation of the scope and focus of the project, a brief chapter outline, an indication of the stage the work has reached, a budget, brief and relevant personal information, and the names of two referees who know your work.
Read an April 2015 notice about Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand History Trust Fund working together to enhance co-ordination of funding for history.
Funding requests to support the research and writing of works that will significantly enhance the understanding of New Zealand's past should be directed to the NZ History Research Trust.
Funding requests to support the publishing of high-quality history writing should be directed to Creative New Zealand.
As a result of the Creative New Zealand review of literature the Arts Council has also agreed to:
- make publishing proposals from individual writers eligible for funding as well as those from publishing companies and collectives.
- increase the publishing subsidies available for literature in te reo or Pasifika languages, non-fiction work (including histories) and publications about specific artforms.
Information about the New Zealand History Research Trust including the application form.
New Zealand History Research Trust recipients
A list of New Zealand History Research Trust recipients since 1990.