Rosemary Seymour Research & Archives Award (applications open from 1 August and close 31 October)

In 1974 Rosemary Seymour, a Waikato sociologist, initiated a newsletter and a network of women interested in women’s studies, that evolved into the Women’s Studies Association (NZ)/Pae Akoranga Wāhine.

In 1985 the Rosemary Seymour fund was established in her memory.

This year the fund will make two awards of $1000 each, one for which only Māori women may apply, while the second is open to all women. Women’s groups may also apply, for either award.

There is no form to fill out. Written applications, sent as a Word or pdf document attachment, should include the following:

  • Name of the applicant;
  • For Māori applicants: iwi and hapū, or geographic region;
  • Postal address;
  • Title and aim of project;
  • Institutional affiliation or organisational involvement, if any;
  • Purpose/Justification;
  • Literature relevant to this project, if any;
  • Research strategies;
  • Relationship between the project and the Aims of the Association, listed below (this is important);
  • How the award will be used (give some indication of the budget for the study, and the way in which the grant would contribute to the completion of the project);
  • Other sources of funding for this project (please indicate these sources);
  • If you are enrolled as a student, please state your course (e.g. M.Sc., M.A., PhD) and what year of study you are in;
  • Please state in your email letter if you are applying for the Open to All Women award or the Māori Women award. You cannot apply for both awards.

Applications should be sent by email attachment no earlier than 1st August
and are due by 31st October, to Julie Benjamin at:

Aims of Women’s Studies Association (NZ)/Pae Akoranga Wāhine

The WSA (NZ)/Pae Akoranga Wāhine is a feminist organisation formed to promote radical social change through the medium of women’s studies.  The WSA believe that a feminist perspective necessarily acknowledges oppression on the grounds of race, sexuality, class and disability as well as gender.  We acknowledge Māori as tangata whenua of Aotearoa.  This means that we have a particular responsibility to address their oppression among our work and activities.

The principles of the Association are:

  • To undertake, promote and disseminate research about women by women from a feminist perspective
  • To inform and education women about women in culturally appropraite ways
  • To encourage the preservation of existing material about women in culturally appropriate ways
  • To facilitate the establishment of women’s studies courses with a feminist perspective
  • To undertake and promote the publication of material about women
  • To organise and participate in activities, conferences, seminars and displays in furtherance of the aims of the organisation.