Apply now: First Nations’ Futures Programme

The First Nations’ Futures Programme provides an unrivaled opportunity for aspiring Ngāi Tahu leaders and other Māori postgraduate students to gain access to leading international research and thinking within a uniquely indigenous context. Applications are also invited from Ngāi Tahu and other Māori undergraduate students who are close to completion of their degree and who intend to apply for postgraduate study in 2018-2019. The First Nations’ Futures Programme is held at Stanford University for two weeks in October/November every year. The closing date for expressions of interest is 31 May, 2018.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in conjunction with the UC’s Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and the University of Otago is pleased to announce its participation in the First Nations’ Futures Programme (FNFP) in 2018.

Submitting your application:

To apply, please download the 2018 FNFP Application Form and Guidelines> 

Please note: applications for 2018 will be available online from Monday 30 April.

Submit the completed application form with a copy of your CV and relevant supporting documentation via email, as instructed below. 

Applicants will need to outline a tribal programme/kaupapa they wish to parent and lead within the tribe that relates to the tribal economy/development and demonstrate a record of community participation.  

We encourage you to provide relevant supporting documentation which may include letters from your whānau, rūnanga, academic institution, or current employer.

All applications must be received by Thursday 31 May 2018 via  email to: and cc’d to

For more information refer to the website or email:

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