Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga, the Maori centre for research excellence, has teamed with the Fulbright Foundation to offer scholarships for travel and study in the United States.
While the scholarships are funded by the centre, director Charles Royal, a past Fulbright scholar, says they are backed by the full resources of the Fulbright Foundation.
The country's best students often end up in the Fulbright system.
Mr Royal told Waatea News the centre has a specific interest in pathways to excellence in research and scholarship.
Applications for the Nga Pae o Te Maramatanga senior Fulbright Scholarship close on 1 July.