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The Dorothy Neal White Collection (11,000 books), in the National Library of New Zealand, is a research collection of children’s books that were enjoyed by young New Zealanders in the century before 1940. The National Children’s Collection (124,000 books) contains children’s books published since 1940. Both collections contain picture books, fiction and non-fiction books published in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and the Pacific, and the United States of America. In addition, the DNW Collection contains a number of children’s annuals and serials.The Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection ( established this research grant to encourage students to use these collections in their research.The collections are housed in the National Library of New Zealand, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Wellington.


The Research Grant will be awarded to an applicant who intends to undertake research that will make use of the Dorothy Neal White Collection and/or the National Children’s Collection, and is:
a student (3rd year and above) attending any tertiary institution in New Zealand;
a graduate teacher undertaking study;
an individual undertaking bona fide research leading to publication.
The grant will be awarded on the basis of the academic merit and suitability of the proposed research topic.
The grant may be held together with other scholarships and prizes.
The grant is open to international students as well as New Zealand citizens and residents.

Number of awards offered One per annum, biennially. You may also be interested in the Susan Price Scholarship.

Research Grant value $2,500

See earlier research grants

Research Grant tenure
One Research Grant shall be awarded in alternate years. The Research Grant shall not be awarded in any year where there are no suitable candidates. If no award is made, applications will be invited in the following year and this will be announced on the Friends’ ( and other web sites.

Application process
Applications are now open and will close 31 October 2022. Grants are usually offered on even years. Please download an Application form from our website.
Selection will be based on the merit of the proposal. Please submit a one-page research proposal and a letter of support from an academic supervisor (or appropriate referee for those not undertaking a formal course of tertiary study).

Decision makers
The Grants Committee of the Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection will choose the successful candidate. They will notify applicants of the result within one week of the selection meeting.

The successful candidate will:
attend a Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection event to receive the award and outline their research topic; and
present their findings to a Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection event,
write a report on their research that may be published in the Friends’ publication Notes-Books-Authors.

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