Claude McCarthy Fellowship

The Claude McCarthy Fellowship is awarded to enable New Zealand university graduates to undertake original work or research in literature, science or medicine.


Claude McCarthy was born near Hororata near Christchurch in 1888 and attended Christchurch Boys' High School. He graduated from Canterbury University with a BA in 1913. He went on to begin his career in teaching, but this was interrupted by war service as a lieutenant in the 24th reinforcement.

After his return from war Mr McCarthy graduated MA in 1919 then travelled to the USA in 1922. After spending 25 years in America, Mr McCarthy retired to Jersey in the Channel Islands. He died in Spain in 1978, aged 90.

A bequest from his estate provides the funding for this memorial fellowship. The trust established from this bequest is managed by Public Trust.

Who is eligible?

Any graduate of a New Zealand university who needs assistance to undertake original work or research in literature, science or medicine, within the guidelines below.

Travel for doctoral students

To enable graduates of a New Zealand university, who are registered and enrolled for a doctoral degree at a New Zealand university, to travel overseas for short periods to:

  • present research work at conferences, and/or
  • conduct research leading towards the New Zealand doctoral degree for which they are enrolled.

Fellows must retain their New Zealand doctoral registration during the tenure of their award.

How to apply

The Claude McCarthy Fellowship application process is administered by the Universities New Zealand-Te Pokai Tara. For information on how to apply, go to the Universities New Zealand-Te Pokai Tara website.

All open grant applications are accessible here.