Becoming Tāngata Tiriti: Treaty work, identity and belonging

A scholarship of $17,000 plus enrolment fees for an MA student investigating non-Māori identity in relation to Treaty or decolonisation work.

About the scholarship

Applicable study: Research masters in Sociology
Closing date: Friday 29 November 2019
Tenure: One year of full time study
Value: Domestic fees and a $17,000 stipend towards living expences

One scholarship is available to support an MA student at the University of Auckland to undertake a masters thesis exploring how non-Māori negotiate their identities and sense of belonging as New Zealanders within the context of the learning involved in working in Treaty partnerships or decolonisation work.

This is part of a wider research project, "Tangata Tiriti: Learning the trick of standing upright here", funded by the Royal Society of Zealand Marsden Fund. The scholarship will last for one year of full-time study, March 2020 to February 2021, and covers domestic enrolment fees and a $17,000 stipend towards living expenses.

The Masters research will involve qualitative analysis of interviews already conducted by the Principal Investigators of the Marsden project. The successful applicant will have:

  • A background in Sociology or a closely related subject
  • Strong qualitative research skills
  • Excellent writing and critical analysis skills
  • A well-developed research proposal/expression of interest
  • A GPA/GPE of at least 7.00 (6.50 for Māori or Pacific candidates)
  • Priority will be given to applicants with expertise in the study of national identity and/or settler colonialism.

Apply for the scholarship

To apply, please email a CV, an academic transcript and a one-page expression of interest which briefly describes your interest in this project to Associate Professor Avril Bell (Principal Investigator) by Friday 29 November 2019.



For further information about the project or to discuss possible topics, please contact Associate Professor Avril Bell (Principal Investigator):