The Hood Fund

About the Hood Fund

The Hood Fund is a special fund that has been created to mark Dr John Hood's Vice-Chancellorship at The University of Auckland.

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.

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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 Giving to Auckland

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:
Mary Fenwick
UK Friends of the University of Auckland
Phone: 0044 (0) 7973 404425

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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.


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

The page also has the contact details for the Research Office Help Desk, which can provide assistance with using the Module if it is needed.

Applications for the next round of Hood Fund Fellowship close on 30 May 2018.

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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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