LEARN Technical Training Award


The Technical Training Award provides funds for up to 6 months for technical staff from developing countries to receive training in New Zealand on equipment, tools or methods that will improve the measurement and understanding of livestock greenhouse gas emissions, including national greenhouse gas inventories, in recipients' home countries.

The Technical Training Award is designed to support an extended visit to increase technical knowledge. It does NOT support conference visits or short-term stays of less than 6 weeks duration. The visit must be started within one year of the award being granted.   

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible* for a Technical Training Award, you must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree or equivalent tertiary qualification, or be working in a technical research capacity with at least 5 years experience.
  • Work in collaboration with a New Zealand research organisation (host).
  • Be resident and normally employed on a permanent contract in a research organisation (or similar, relevant organisation) in a developing country as defined by the OECD list of Overseas Development Assistance recipients. The list is available online via this link.
  • Satisfy New Zealand Government requirements for international entry into New Zealand.
  • Be able to speak and understand English to a level sufficient that you can understand technical concepts that will be explained in English.

*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$17,000 for 6 months (pro rata for less than 6 months) to cover living expenses only (i.e. not the applicant's salary).
  • Up to NZD$5,000 will be provided for return economy class airfares and travel/medical insurance.

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. All funds will be administered through the New Zealand host organisation.

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

How to Apply

A two stage process applies.

Stage One: Expression of Interest

An Expression of Interest must be completed and submitted to the LEARN Administrator at NZAGRC to determine eligibility (awards@nzagrc.org.nz). Please use the following form:

 doc LEARN Technical Training Award EOI Form (0.27MB) 

An EOI for a Technical Training 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 training programme in close collaboration with the New Zealand host organisation. 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 host organisation.
  6. The New Zealand host 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.  

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: