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Motu currently funds two scholarships: the Motu Thesis Scholarship for students of Maori descent and the Motu Doctoral Scholarship.

Motu Thesis Scholarship

Every year, Motu offers a one year scholarship to a promising university student of Maori descent planning to work on either an Honours or Masters thesis on an applied topic preferably in economics, or some other social science, and preferably using a quantitative methodology.

Through this scholarship, we hope to enhance Maori research capacity and encourage students of Maori descent to develop an interest in researching topics relevant to public policy development.

Download the information sheet and application form here; download the form for references here.

Get in touch: if you are interested in getting more info on this scholarship, email Adam Jaffe at .


Dan Bidois

Dan BidoisThe 2010 recipient is Dan Bidois (Tainui, Ngati Maniapoto, Te Kauae), from Auckland. Dan completed a BA/BCom in 2006 and a BCom(Hons) in economics in 2007 at the University of Auckland. He has worked as a strategy consultant at Deloitte, and more recently as a researcher at the New Zealand Institute.

Dan is currently studying for a Master in Public Policy degree, specialising in social and economic policy, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a New Zealand Fulbright Scholar.

For his second-year project he will research solutions to address the educational underachievement of indigenous groups.


George Grey

George GrayThe 2008 recipient was George Gray (Ngaiterangi Ngati Ranginui). George wrote his thesis as part of his Masters of Public Health with The University of Auckland.

George wrote his thesis on the costs and benefits of specific cardiology interventions for Maori patients, titled “Implementing Home-based Cardiac Rehabilitation in New Zealand: Projections for the implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme to increase participation.” (782KB)

 George lives in Tauranga with his family.


Dale Warburton

Dale WarburtonThe recipient for 2007 was Dale Warburton who has affiliations with Te Atiawa Iwi. Dale completed a BCom/BSc at Victoria University of Wellington in 2005, after which he worked towards his Master of Science.

For his thesis, Dale examined the effect that unpaid work has on employment rates amongst young Maori and non-Maori females. 

Dale is not only a top student, he also plays soccer for Wellington United and volunteers as a mentor for Maori and Pacific Island commerce students at Victoria University.

Read more about Dale and view his publications.


Motu Doctoral Scholarship

The Motu Doctoral Scholarship can be awarded to Motu Research Analysts who have been employed by Motu for at least twelve months and who leave to undertake a highly rated PhD course.

The objective of the award is twofold. It aims to:

  • recognise the recipient’s outstanding contribution while employed at Motu, and
  • encourage the recipient to gain the qualifications needed to become an independent researcher,  and thus continue to build New Zealand’s research capacity.

Previous recipients of the Motu Doctoral Scholarship are Isabelle Sin (Stanford), Melanie Morton (Yale) and Andrew Aitken (University College London).