NZ project grants & scholarships

Starting 23 February, New Zealand’s Peace and Disarmament Education Trust (PADET) will be accepting funding proposals for educational projects & post-graduate research relating to international peace, disarmament, and arms control. The deadline for grant applications is 6 April 2022.

PADET was established in May 1988 with NZ $1.5 million that New Zealand received from the government of France after it bombed the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior ship in Auckland Harbour on 10 July 1985. The objectives of PADET are to advance education and thereby promote international international peace, disarmament, and arms control.

According to PADET’s annual reports, between 1992 and 2020 it provided:

  • NZ $3.3 million in small grants to approximately 125 non-governmental organizations and 115 individuals working to advance and support the promotion of peace, arms control and disarmament. The 597 project grants funded a wide array of activities and resources, including events, Model UNs, exhibitions, publications, internships, travel, speaker tours, internships, documentary films, artwork, and online materials.
  • NZ $775,000 to 68 post-graduate students (50 Masters of Arts and 18 PhDs). One-third of the scholarship recipients studied peace and conflict resolution, 28% focused on disarmament measures for nuclear and other weapons, and the rest looked at counter-terrorism, peacekeeping, New Zealand foreign policy, and the Pacific. Of the 68 recipients, 41 were women. Few Maori or Pacific Islanders have received PADET scholarships.

PADET is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.

As this Facebook post from Peace Movement Aotearoa explains, information about PADET, what it will fund and how to apply for funding is available on the Department of International Affairs website. Information about its online funding application system can be found here. For any enquiries or further information, please contact PADET on Tel. 0800 824 824 or email

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