Current Open Call

January 2017 – Applications now open

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Royal Society of New Zealand has opened the third call for Catalyst: Leaders. Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means.

Catalyst: Leaders provides funding for a number of pre-existing and new sub-programmes. For detailed information please refer to the Guidelines (PDF, 637 kB).

Funding Available

The following Catalyst: Leaders sub-programmes are now open to receive applications:



Brief Description


NZ$ Funding
(excl. GST)

Awards available per call

International Leader Fellowships Supports exceptional individuals from any country outside New Zealand to catalyse science and innovation capability and capacity in New Zealand for a minimum of 4 weeks per year for up to 3 years 1 to 3 years Per annum:
$20,000 Stipend$20,000 Research support$10,000 Host admin
Up to 3


New Zealand to China Scientist Exchange Programme Supports the development of research linkages with China by enabling New Zealand researchers to visit Chinese research organisations  4 weeks Flights and daily living allowance Up to 10
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship* Supports young and excellent New Zealand postdoctoral researchers doing research in Japan 12 – 24 months Flights, insurance and living allowance Up to 5

* Please note this programme is fully funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

The Proposal must be made by a New Zealand-based research organisation or a New Zealand-based legal entity representing a research organisation, unless otherwise agreed by the Society


  • In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements, the Proposal must meet all specific Sub-Programme eligibility criteria listed in the Guidelines

Closing Date

  • Applications to all programmes close on Thursday 20 April 2017, 5.00 pm NZST

Submit an Application

  • Applications to all programmes must be made to the Royal Society of New Zealand via the Catalyst: Portal, please contact your Research Office for a URL Link to the Catalyst: Portal.
  • Templates are available for downloading via the Catalyst: Portal, please contact your Research Office for a URL Link to the Catalyst: Portal.
  • Guidelines (PDF, 637 kB)
  • For inquiries, please contact