A guide to applicants for the ISAACS Medical Research Fellowship


*Please read these notes carefully before completing your application*

This Fellowship is offered to a medical or science graduate to undertake full time medical research in a public hospital in Auckland or in a department of the University of Auckland or to carry out a medical research project as part of studies for a PhD or MD in the University of Auckland.

The Foundation will only accept applications from New Zealand residents, permanent residents or citizens.

The Fellowship is supported from a Trust Fund established under the Will of the late Edith Rose Isaacs which stated that the funds be used “in furtherance of medical research in New Zealand for the prevention of illness and disease and the alleviation of human suffering”. Clinical relevance is deemed to be important.

The Fellowship provides support for up to a three-year period. For medical graduates the salary support package is set at the L1 level of the non-medical Lecturers scale at the University of Auckland. For science graduates a non-taxable stipend at the same level as the AMRF PhD stipend will be provided. The Fellowship will also cover annual tuition fees and will provide an annual contribution of up to $5000 towards working expenses for the project.

Applications will be called for when the Fellowship falls vacant, usually once every three years, and will be assessed by the Medical Committee of the AMRF who will take into consideration the academic standing of the applicant, the relevance of the project to clinical medicine, and the scientific merit of the proposal.

The Isaacs Fellowship is considered by the AMRF to be a prestigious award.

The Medical Committee reserves the right to short-list candidates and invite them to attend an interview (in person or via Zoom if necessary). Applicants will receive an email from the Research Programme Manager detailing the date, time and process as soon as possible to allow time to prepare for the interview.



The Foundation is supported by private donations and therefore has an obligation through the news media, and its own newsletters to members and supporters, to give news of projects that it is supporting. Statements concerning this are more effective if the grantee is mentioned by name. By becoming a recipient of an AMRF grant, you automatically agree to the mention of your name to news media.

The Foundation would like to raise the awareness of the general public to the aims of the Foundation, by encouraging AMRF funded researchers to discuss their research with local interest groups (Rotary, U3A etc). By becoming a recipient of an AMRF grant, you automatically agree to be included on a list of available guest speakers.



Log into the AMRF Portal at funding.medicalresearch.org.nz and create a new application. Ensure all the required details are entered and all necessary documents have been attached.

Clicking ‘Submit’ on your application form sends it to your host institution. They will then complete their requirements, before officially submitting it to the AMRF. Your host institution compliance process takes time so please adhere to internal deadlines to ensure your application reaches the AMRF by 5 pm on the closing date.

Please refer to the Application process help page for details of what happens to your submitted application.

Additional information can be found in the Research Proposal template.


Our contact details

EMAIL ADDRESS[mailto:amrf@medicalresearch.org.nz,amrf@medicalresearch.org.nz]

POSTAL ADDRESSThe Research Programme Manager

Auckland Medical Research Foundation

P O Box 110139

Auckland Hospital

Auckland 1148
TELEPHONE+64 9 923 1701
COURIERGround Floor, 89 Grafton Road
Auckland 1010

If you can't find the information you need, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page to send an inquiry to the Auckland Medical Research Foundation.

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