The second round of applications for the Venn Residential Fellowship 2019/20 has now closed. We are still accepting applications on a rolling basis, so feel free to apply below.



The application form is the first step in the application process. Upon submission, a member of the Venn team will be in touch to let you know your application has been received.



Selected candidates will be invited to attend an interview with us. This is a good time for you to ask any questions you might have in person, and for us to find out more about you.



Successful applicants will be formally offered a place on the programme, beginning Sunday 17 November, 2019. We will be advising all first round candidates on the outcome of their application by late-April, 2019.

If you have any questions about the application process,
please email Donald Goodhall, Director of the Residential Fellowship, or phone 09 929 4988.


The application will take some time to fill out. Read through it thoroughly before you begin. We suggest that you take your time on the questions. Work on them in a separate, saveable document and paste in your complete, pre-typed answers when you are ready.

Please note there are also three documents you are required to upload:

  1. A recent photograph of yourself.
  2. The most recent copy of your academic transcript.
  3. A copy of your CV. Each file must be no larger than 2MB. Have these ready to attach at the bottom of the form.

The seven-month Residential Fellowship starts on Sunday, 17 November 2019 and runs through to the end of June 2020. The programme consists of four modules plus the Venn Summer Conference. For those in the middle of study, there is the option of finishing at the end of Module II which concludes at the beginning of March 2020. However, we will give preference to those applying for the full seven-month programme.


The Fellowship is a full-time programme. Classes run from 8:30am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. In addition, Monday and Thursday nights at the residences are reserved for hosting and evening discussions. A number of trips are also built into the programme, including a week-long retreat at the start of the programme, the Summer Conference in early January, a weekend retreat during placement, and a visit to Waitangi.


Placements are decided through a process of discussion with you and placement providers.


The programme is fully residential. Fellows live together in two homes in Hillsborough, Auckland. Fellows are expected to participate fully in the day-to-day running of the homes.


All items associated with the programme are supplied by Venn Foundation for the duration of the Fellowship. This includes all food, utilities, internet, accommodation, trips and so on. From week to week, you will need only a small amount of your own money for personal toiletries, a mobile phone, the running of your vehicle (if you intend to bring it), and the odd coffee (though we do have an excellent coffee machine on-site!).


It costs Venn approximately $25,000 NZD to put one Fellow through the seven-month programme, and $15,000 NZD to put a Fellow through Module I and II. As a charity, this cost must be raised from our generous supporters. Thus, we invite Fellows to contribute up to 50% (up to $12,500 NZD) of that cost, seeking donations from friends and family. However, our commitment is that finance not be a barrier to attendance and this is why we invite donations, rather than charging fees. Please note that this contribution structure applies to Australasian applicants only. Please contact the Venn office if you are not a New Zealand or Australian permanent resident or citizen.

2019/20 Residential Fellowship Written Application

  • We would like to get to know you better

    Please type 200-300 words for each of the following questions. (To save yourself the angst and horror of accidentally losing your answers mid-writing, we suggest you paste pre-typed answers into the boxes below.)
  • Placement

    Only full programme applicants are required to complete this section
  • Reference Checks

    Please provide a name and contact number for two referees. These can be people you know in a personal or professional capacity. They should be people who know you well and who have been in a position of forming and shaping you.
  • University, Employment, and Extracurricular Information

  • Supporting Documentation

    Please attach...
  • Personal Information

  • Parents / Next of Kin / Family Contact Information

  • What's Next?

    Once you've pressed 'submit' you will see a confirmation message. If you missed a compulsory question it will be highlighted. You'll need to fill it in and press submit again. Within a week of submitting your application, we will contact you to acknowledge its receipt. First Round written applications will be processed and interviews held during April. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the programme by April 30. The programme begins 17 November 2019.