The Oroya Day Fellowship in NZ Art History (1572) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Are you interested in a 4-month Fellowship promoting NZ Art History in an academic environment?
  • Do you have a Masters Degree in Art History (or related discipline) and are you keen to advance your research and teaching?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is inviting applications for the Oroya Day Fellowship in New Zealand Art History, funded by the Oroya and Melvin Day Trust.

This fellowship aims to promote research in New Zealand art history by providing the Fellow with an opportunity to work within an academic environment during a summer trimester (November 2024 to February 2025).

The fellowship is a four-month fixed-term, full-time position designed for emerging or early-career scholars. It provides an opportunity to advance their careers while also teaching undergraduate students in the field of New Zealand art history. The successful candidate will be located in the art history programme within Te Kura Tānga Kōrero Ingarihi, Kiriata, Whakaari, Pāpāho, Tāhuhu Kōrero Toi - School of English, Film, Theatre, Media and Communication, and Art History.

Ō pūmanawa – About you

The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree in Art History (or a relevant discipline) and be intending to develop a further career as an art historian. The successful candidate will have a proven knowledge of New Zealand art history and clearly address how their research contributes to or enhances mātauranga Māori. They are expected to conduct research in an aspect of New Zealand art history, and work towards the dissemination of this work through scholarly publication and/or exhibition. In 2024, applications are especially encouraged from scholars with a specialisation in contemporary Māori art histories.

Application documents required:

  • An expression of interest that details a particular approach to New Zealand art history, including a short description of the research topic (500 words).
  • A course description, lecture outline and reading list for a six-week intensive 200/300 level course in New Zealand Art History (12 x 2 hr lectures, plus 6 x 2 hr tutorials).
  • A CV.

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington’s Art History programme is the most vibrant and progressive art history programme in Aotearoa. We have a deep commitment to New Zealand’s art histories. The Fellow will extend our research and scholarship in special and unique ways, enabling a new generation of students to be immersed in the close study of topics in New Zealand art history. The Oroya Day Fellowship in New Zealand Art History will enable a scholar to work for four months to conduct research and scholarship and teach in New Zealand art history and participate in the scholarly life of the art history programme at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington.

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 22 July 2024.

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Professor Susan Ballard ( But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form, please include the position title and reference number (The Oroya Day Fellowship in NZ Art History, #1572). Then, please combine your cover letter, CV, and the University Application Form into a single file (preferably in pdf format). Click Apply and follow the process to enter your contact details and attach your combined file (CV, cover letter and the University application form) using the “CV/Resume” button.

If you are unable to combine your documents or have further supporting documents, please email these to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.