The Hood Fund

About the Hood Fund

Please note: applications for travelling fellows for 2020-2021 have been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. However, applications for visiting fellows will be considered at any time, for visitors with an exceptional public profile. Given international travel restrictions, the visitor must confirm that they are able to travel to and from New Zealand at the proposed time.

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.

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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.

General guidelines and regulations

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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