Global Research Alliance Senior Scientist Award


The GRASS Award provides funds for exchanges between scientists from New Zealand and other member countries of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA). It aims to create enduring collaborations between New Zealand and other countries, helping advance novel techniques and approaches for reducing livestock greenhouse gas emissions.

The award covers exchanges of between six weeks and six months duration and must be started within one year of the award being granted. Conference visits are NOT supported. 

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible* for a GRASS award, you must:

  • Have a PhD and/or be a scientist with at least 5 years experience, with demonstrated potential to lead major collaborative projects that align to the priorities of the GRA or other relevant strategies.
  • Be resident and normally employed on a permanent contract by a research organisation in a GRA member country. See
  • Work in collaboration with a New Zealand research organisation.
  • Demonstrate impact and leadership in your professional field.
  • Be able to contribute to scientific research and its application in your home region and the wider GRA, based on your networking record.
  • Satisfy New Zealand Government requirements for international entry to New Zealand.
  • Be able to speak and understand English to a level sufficient to function in a research role.

*The New Zealand Government reserves the right to review the eligibility requirements at any time and in exceptional circumstances award fellowships to applicants who do not meet all the requirements.


Funding is available for:

  • Up to NZD$30,000 for 6 months (pro rata for less than 6 months) to cover actual and reasonable living expenses while on the exchange.
  • Up to NZD$5,000 will be provided for return economy class airfares and travel/medical insurance.
  • Up to NZD$5,000 will be provided to assist with associated research costs.

Funds will be made available subject to the approval of a detailed budget, including evidence of estimated costs. This information is requested at the full application stage (see below). All funds will be administered through the New Zealand organisation participating in the exchange.

Once an award has been granted, it is the applicant's responsibility to work with the participating New Zealand organisation to make arrangements for travel, accommodation, insurance and any other logistical requirements. 

How to apply

There is a two-stage application process.

Stage One

An Expression of Interest (EOI) must be completed and submitted to the LEARN Administrator at NZAGRC to determine eligibility ( Please use the following form:

doc GRASS award Expression of Interest (0.28MB)

An EOI for a GRASS Award can be submitted at any time during the year, however full applications are assessed on a quarterly basis (see below).   

Stage Two: Full application

If eligibility is confirmed, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application to be considered by an assessment panel and the New Zealand Government.

Full applications will be assessed on a quarterly basis on the following dates each year: 30 January; 30 April; 30 July; 30 October. 

The full application process is as follows:

  1. Develop a proposal and budget for the GRASS exchange in close collaboration with the New Zealand organisation participating in the exchange**. The budget should include supporting evidence of all associated costs. 
  2. Complete relevant sections of the application form in English. 
  3. Sign and date the declaration. 
  4. Collect and attach any supporting documents as stipulated on the application form. 
  5. Send completed application documents to the New Zealand organisation. 
  6. The New Zealand organisation must submit the application and supporting documentation to NZAGRC by the quarterly deadline indicated above.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

**For New Zealand scientists wishing to go overseas, this is normally the organisation that employs them; for overseas scientists wishing to come to New Zealand, this is the New Zealand host organisation.   

More information

The LEARN awards scheme is part of the New Zealand Government's support for the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA). The awards scheme aims to attract and support activities that align with the GRA as well as New Zealand's research priorities. For more information, please see: