How to apply

Grant categories and applications

The purpose of the Foundation is to improve the health of New Zealanders through funding the highest quality medical research of all kinds.

The AMRF’s research funding area is limited to all recognised tertiary institutions and district health boards (DHBs) in the greater Auckland and Northland region of New Zealand. The principal investigator/grant holder must be affiliated with a host institution within this area, and the majority of work should be undertaken within this area, but co-applicants can come from, and part of the research can be performed, outside our catchment area – either nationally or internationally.

Several categories of funding are available.

Please refer to the specific guidelines for each funding application and check the submission dates. Please note that host institutions may have earlier internal deadlines.

Applications can be made through the Auckland Medical Research Foundation’s online portal.


Each year the Foundation provides funding to support medical research projects for a duration of up to two years and a maximum of $160,000. The Foundation is committed to funding excellence and has an established policy of supporting emerging researchers.

Douglas Goodfellow Repatriation Fellowship

The Douglas Goodfellow Repatriation Fellowship is a special award to facilitate the return to New Zealand of mid-career medical researchers of outstanding potential to expand the scale and scope of New Zealand medical research. Fellows will be expected to carry out research at the highest level.


The Postdoctoral Fellowships provide two years support for outstanding science or medical graduates with New Zealand residency, permanent residency or citizenship who hold a doctoral degree of not more than five years standing at the time of initiating the Fellowship, irrespective of the University from which their PhD was conferred.

Two named Fellowships provide support for science or medical graduates who wish to undertake full-time medical research for a PhD or MD. These are the Ruth Spencer and the Douglas Goodfellow Medical Research Fellowships. Applications will be called for when each Fellowship falls vacant, usually one every three years.

We also provide a third named Fellowship to support a science or medical graduate who wish to undertake full-time medical research for a PhD in the field of melanoma or other skin cancers. This is called the JI Sutherland Medical Research Fellowship. Applications will be called for when the Fellowship falls vacant, usually every three years.

Doctoral scholarships

The Foundation offers Doctoral Scholarships each year to students with New Zealand residency, permanent residency or citizenship enrolled or enrolling for a PhD, MD or for a Master’s degree in biomedical, clinical or population health research. The research topic must be relevant to medicine or health and the applicant’s academic record will be taken into account by the Medical Committee.

Travelling fellowships

The Foundation offers two Travelling Fellowships; the Wilton Henley Memorial Travelling Fellowship and the Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship. These Fellowships are for the support of senior medically qualified, or established medical research persons, who would gain value from further study abroad, or in furthering their research expertise and knowledge at an approved overseas research institution.


Travel grants provide support for medical researchers who wish to present their research at a meeting or conference. Funds may also be provided to support a training course on research methods and/or for visiting a laboratory to learn a new research technique.

Other funds and awards

The Sir Douglas Robb Memorial Fund is for the support of small projects which would normally have a medical background, but which need not be strictly “medical research”. For example, the fund has been used to enhance medical libraries, to fund overseas speakers at medical conferences, and to assist in publication of papers relating to medical research.

The Sir Harcourt Caughey Award provides funds up to $25,000 for recipients who may (i) be a graduate of New Zealand who, having trained in research overseas, is returning to New Zealand to a part-time appointment in Auckland and who has sufficient experience in research to deserve part-time support (or similar to a part-time Senior Research Fellowship) in such research; or (ii) be a New Zealand medical graduate in Auckland who is deserving of assistance to train in a specific field overseas and to undertake research in that area, especially where there is a local deficiency in expertise in that field; or (iii) be sufficiently prestigious in a particular field of medical knowledge and/or research to visit Auckland, normally for 3-4 weeks, to foster interest and research in that specialty.

Check back regularly for updated applications and guidelines.

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Guidelines for applicants

Guidelines for each of the grant types are available at this link.

Help with grant writing

The AMRF has compiled a number of grant writing resources that will help get you started on, or refresh your approach to, grant writing.


Submission of all grant applications must be made through the online AMRF Portal.

2019 Applications

Round Grant type Opening date Closing date Decision date
5 Project 28/05/2019 28/08/2019 03/12/2019

2020 Applications

Applications must be received by the AMRF on the portal by 5pm on the closing date.

Please note that host institutions may have earlier internal deadlines.

Round Grant type Opening date Closing date Decision date
1 Travel (for travel after 1 March) 22/10/2019 22/01/2020 25/02/2020
Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship
Sir Harcourt Caughey Award
Sir Douglas Robb Memorial Fund
2 Project 04/12/2019 04/03/2020 16/06/2020
Jean Cathie Fund – Fellowship (earliest start date 1/12/20)
Jean Cathie Fund – Project (earliest start date 1/12/20)
3 Travel (for travel after 1 September) 24/03/2020 24/06/2020 28/07/2020
Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship
Sir Harcourt Caughey Award
Sir Douglas Robb Memorial Fund
4 Doctoral Scholarship 05/05/2020 05/08/2020 20/10/2020
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Douglas Goodfellow Repatriation Fellowship
5 Project 26/05/2020 26/08/2020 0812/2020

Please note that these dates may be subject to change, as could the types of applications we are able to offer throughout the year. Please check back regularly to see if any changes have been implemented.

In 2020 the AMRF will not be calling for applications for the following grants:
· Ruth Spencer Medical Research Fellowship
· JI Sutherland Medical Research Fellowship
· Douglas Goodfellow Medical Research Fellowship
· Wilton Henley Memorial Travelling Fellowship

Submission of all grant applications must be made through the online AMRF Portal.

For enquires about submission dates and processes please read the guidelines. If you still have questions, contact the Research Programme Manager at or 09 923 1706.


Grant holder reporting instructions

Please refer to your award letter for reporting requirements, and submit your Annual progress and Final reports through the portal.

To do this, log into the portal and open the relevant grant application. Towards the top right, there are a set of tabs. Click on the ‘Reports’ tab. Then click on New Progress Report or New Final Report. This will open a dialogue box for you to complete your report. When you submit your report it will go through to your Host Institution’s Research Office for approval prior to being sent to the AMRF.