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What we fundPeace and Disarmament Education Trust

The Trust provides post-graduate scholarships and grants for projects with charitable purposes that will advance education and promote international peace, arms control and disarmament. If a grant or scholarship is offered, it must be used with 18 months of being accepted.

Funding for outcomes

Funded projects and scholarships are expected to contribute to greater public awareness and understanding of disarmament, arms control, peace and the resolution of international conflict.

Grant decisions are based on the likelihood that a completed project, internship, pilot project or thesis will deliver the benefits or outcomes described in the online request. For more information see the guidance notes for funding for outcomes.


Requests for post-graduate scholarships should focus on research and thesis writing relevant to the objectives of the Trust and to building knowledge of, and capability relevant to, disarmament and arms control.

Scholarships are only available for:

  • Masters or Doctoral research and thesis writing.
  • Masters or Doctoral degree studies undertaken at a New Zealand tertiary institution during the period for which the scholarship is sought, except if a specialist subject is not offered or available in New Zealand tertiary institutions.

Depending on individual circumstances:

  • up to NZ$14,000 is available for a full year’s work for a Masters research thesis scholarship
  • up to NZ$21,000, plus NZ$5000 tuition fees, is available per year for up to three years for a Doctoral thesis scholarship.


Projects must be for charitable purposes and provide a public benefit.

There is no limit to the amount an individual or organisation may request in support of a project. Based on the number and quality of requests received, however, the Trust may only be able to provide a contribution towards the project costs.

Project costs may include salaries directly related to the project’s planning or delivery.

Preference is given to projects relevant to current New Zealand disarmament and arms control policy. 

Requests to place interns for a defined period with organisations focused on achieving outcomes that align with the Trust’s objects will only be considered where the intern will be working on disarmament and arms control issues.

Who may request project grants or scholarships

Requests may be submitted by:

  • independent not-for-profit organisations or groups based in New Zealand
  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents based in New Zealand.

All requests must be made using the new online system and submitted by the closing date with any supporting documents needed for your project or scholarship request to be complete. Organisations need to provide supporting documents  for both the organisation profile and the request form.

Please check that you have the correct and final version of all supporting documents available online when you submit your request.

Incomplete requests are not considered for funding.

For more information about the Peace and Disarmament Education Trust, contact us on 0800 824 824 (8am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm Friday) or email:

What we don't fund

Disarmament Education UN Implementation Fund