Pacific health research

The primary role of Pacific health research is to generate knowledge and understanding of Pacific peoples that will improve their health outcomes. Pacific health research design, methods, and approaches aim to be responsive to changing Pacific contexts, underpinned by Pacific cultural values and beliefs, and conducted in accordance with Pacific ethical standards, values, and aspirations. We have a number of scholarships and fellowships designed to foster the Pacific health research workforce.

Current & recent researcher initiated proposals funding

2022 Pacific Emerging Researcher First Grants
These grants support emerging Pacific researchers who are seeking to establish independent careers in health research. They are valued at up to $250,000 over a maximum of three years (research expenses only).

2022 Pacific Health Projects
Our Pacific Health Projects support high-quality Pacific health research in priority areas that will contribute towards achieving better health outcomes for Pacific peoples, families, and communities. They also build the capability of early-to-mid career Pacific health researchers. Applications with a budget of between $400,000 and $1,200,000 are welcome, but a maximum of $400,000 per year applies.

Current & recent career development awards funding

2022 Pacific Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
This fellowship provides support for outstanding graduates who have recently completed a degree at doctoral level and who propose to conduct research in any discipline related to improving the health of Pacific peoples. The value of this fellowship is based on a salary at a postdoctoral fellow level for 3 years and includes up to $105,000 for research expenses and an annual allowance of $2,500 to travel to a scientific meeting.

2022 Sir Thomas Davis Te Patu Kite Rangi Ariki Health Research Fellowship
This fellowship supports emerging Pacific researchers who have demonstrated outstanding potential to develop into highly-skilled researchers. It's designed to contribute towards better health outcomes for Pacific peoples, families, and communities, and is worth $600,000 over four years.

2022 Pacific Clinical Research Training Fellowship
The Pacific clinical research training fellowship provides an opportunity for medical, dental and allied Pacific health professionals to undertake a PhD or equivalent qualification. A non-taxable stipend, university fees, and research expenses are available for up to three years full-time or four years part-time. A maximum of $260,000 is available.

2022 Pacific Health Research PhD Scholarships
Our Pacific PhD scholarships provide three years of personal support for outstanding graduates undertaking a PhD in any discipline related to improving the health of Pacific peoples. The value of the scholarship is $30,000 (tax-free stipend) per annum, with other benefits including a $10,000 grant for working expenses and a $3,000 grant for mentoring costs.

2022 Pacific Health Research Masters Scholarship
Our Pacific masters scholarship provides one year of personal support valued at $20,000 for students completing the research component of a master’s degree. Students may come from any discipline, as long as their proposed research links to health and good health outcomes for Pacific peoples.

2022 Pacific Health Research Summer Studentships
These studentships, worth $5,000, aim to introduce research to Pacific students wanting to develop their research skills with supervision and guidance from experienced senior researchers. They provide an opportunity to develop a career in health research by working on a 10-week project over the summer break.

2022 Pacific Health Research Knowledge Translation Grants
Our Pacific knowledge translation grants are available for dissemination of research identified as important for future use, including policy and health service development. Up to $5,000 is available.