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Research grants and scholarships

We offer research grants of $5000 - $10,000 to students enrolled at New Zealand tertiary institutions. These are awarded at our research committee’s discretion. The grants aim to encourage and assist research on any aspect of the control or management of viral hepatitis.

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Research grants for students

The Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand offers research grants to students at tertiary institutions in NZ or the University of the South Pacific. Each year one research grant of $10,000 or two grants each of $5000 are available. The objective of the grant is to encourage and help research into any aspect of the control or management of viral hepatitis, including epidemiological studies, health economics and health systems or bio-medical research. Our research committee will review applications and award the grants at its discretion. No discussion or correspondence will be entered into.


Applications should include:

  • Full name and qualifications of applicant/s

  • Name and contact details of host institution, supervisor, project collaborator/s and two referees for the applicant/s

  • Description and full budget of research project

  • Other funding secured or applied for in respect to the project

  • Copies of ethical approval or applications for ethical approval (where applicable)

  • Project timeline with milestones and expected end date.

Terms and conditions

  • We will award $5000 - $10,000 grants, provided they can be met by the sum our board has allocated

  • Grants will be made for students undertaking or soon to undertake specific projects approved by the committee. A budget must be provided. We will not buy or fund items needed for any project

  • We are not responsible for any costs beyond the sum approved for each recipient

  • We are not the employer or supervisor of any grantee, and are not responsible for increased staff, salary or other costs associated with any project. Equipment or consumables paid for from grants will belong to the institution at which the grantee is enrolled

  • Recipients must report on progress and completion of their projects at agreed intervals. Papers submitted for publication should be given to the research committee Grants will be paid at the committee's discretion. They will be repayable if a project has not started within three months of the award of the grant, or has lapsed for three months

  • The grant must be acknowledged in any published paper authored or part-authored by any grantee in respect of any approved project

  • Where a research project requires approval by an ethics committee, payment of the grant will be subject to this ethical approval.

Applications should be sent to:
The Hepatitis Foundation of NZ, PO Box 647, Whakatane 3120 or emailed to


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