The Hood Fund

About the Hood Fund

The Hood Fellowships were established to honour former University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Sir John Hood, who is one of New Zealand’s most outstanding leaders.

It aims to enhance the interaction between University staff and leading international talent in order to retain our leading researchers, and to attract the best international research talent to our university.

The Fund will provide:

  • Travelling Fellowships to enable selected academic staff to undertake short-term research at prestigious international institutions.
  • Visiting Fellowships to enable overseas academics to challenge and inspire research at the University of Auckland.

Setting the standard

At the centre of the Hood Fellowships programme is a commitment to excellence and a selection committee that sets a high bar for inbound and outbound Fellows. Since its inception the Hood Fellowship programme has attracted very strong interest from across the University. As a result, the selection panel has been able to recommend support for a “sparkling galaxy” of incoming Fellows from around the world and outgoing Fellows from within the University of Auckland.

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Our goal

Our goal is to establish an endowed fund of NZ$10million, utilising the return on capital each year to award fellowships and grants.

The number of fellowships and grants awarded will depend on the size and return of the Fund.

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Make a donation to the Fund

You can make a donation on our fundraising website

Alternatively, New Zealand-based donors can contact:

Mark Bentley
Director, Alumni Relations and Development
The University of Auckland
Phone: +9 373 3699
Post: Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand.

US-based donors may contact:
Angela Rosati
Friends of the University of Auckland
Phone: 804 360 3951
Fax: 804 360 3959
Mobile: 703 944 2770

UK-based donors may contact:
Sue Sargent
Executive Director
UK Friends
M : + 44 (0)7986991560

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Administration of the Fund

The Hood Fund will be administered by The University of Auckland Foundation, in conjunction with the University. The Foundation will allocate the annual funding from the return on the invested capital in the Hood Fund. The University undertakes that 100% of your gift as well as any accrued net investment income will go to the Fund. No administration fee will be charged. The Hood Fund also allocates an annual grant it is currently receiving from the Lion Foundation.

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Information for applicants

Hood Fellowships

The Hood Fund will provide annually a number of Fellowships across all Faculties. These aim both to attract the best academic talent to Auckland, and also to enable the University's top academics to travel to prestigious institutions abroad to continue their research. All incoming Fellows must give at least one public lecture or equivalent in Auckland during their Fellowship

Value Of Hood Fellowships

Each Fellowship will be worth up to $20,000. The grant must be used to cover all accommodation, travel and general expenses, including one reception/dinner in honour of incoming Fellow. Those nominating or applying will be required to present a provisional budget with their nomination/application, and all expenditure should be accounted for in the report submitted on completion of the Fellowship.


The applications for this round will close on 31 May 2019 for grants to be awarded for the period 2019 – June 2020

All Applications will need to be submitted electronically by 31 May through the Research Funding Module (RFM). The link to the University web page with information, user guides and access to RFM is:

The system guides to InfoEd can be found at the link below:

Contact your Faculty Research Support for assistance in developing your application in InfoEd/RFM

Contact Pramilla DaSilva on on ext 88113 for any enquiries about the Hood Fellowships.

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Documentation for applicants

General guidelines and regulations

For University of Auckland staff travelling overseas

For overseas academics visiting The University of Auckland

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Contact for further enquiries

Pramilla DaSilva
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext. 88113

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Annual Report 2018

Click here to download the Annual Report 2018 [pdf, 3 MB]