Sir Paul Callaghan Science Meets Humanities Scholarship

During the StrategyNZ workshop the late Sir Paul Callaghan spoke about making New Zealand ‘a place where talent wants to live’. Sir Paul’s speech has sparked the Institute’s work over the past two years, and it has inspired our forthcoming projects.

Sir Paul believed in investing in young people and making New Zealand somewhere where young people want to live and work. In honour of Sir Paul Callaghan the focus of this scholarship was to investigate how New Zealanders could implement Sir Paul’s dream of making New Zealand ‘a place where talent wants to live’.Charlotte Greenfield and Darren Zhang were announced as the two recipients for this Scholarship on March 22, 2013 and completed their work in November 2013 with the publication of the 2013 TalentNZ Journal, which featured their interviews.

The recipients of the 2013 scholarship: Charlotte was a participant in the McGuinness Institute EmpowerNZ workshop held in August 2012. She holds a LLB (Hons) and a BA majoring in English, and is moving to New York later this year to study investigative journalism at Columbia University. Darren was a participant in the LongTermNZ workshop. Darren is currently studying a BA in politics and philosophy at Auckland University. He is currently Youth Advisor at the Ministry of Youth Development and has been involved in the NZ Red Cross Refugee Services and UNICEF New Zealand. Both Charlotte and Darren hold a passion for creating a New Zealand where talent wants to live.

The purpose of the 2013 scholarship: Charlotte and Darren will travel around New Zealand exploring practical ways in which Sir Paul’s vision could be implemented. They also contributed to the 2013 TalentNZ Journal, based on their interviews with enterprising New Zealanders. The Institute hopes their work will stimulate discussion around Sir Paul’s vision and give it momentum.

John Trail

The project manager: John Trail is Head of Sales and Marketing at Magritek, which was founded by the late Sir Paul Callaghan in 2004 as an advanced technology company. John helped the Institute select the two recipients of the scholarship and acted as project manager. The scholarship is supported by Trade Me founder Sam Morgan, who sponsored the students.



The McGuinness Institute is committed to the development of talent amongst 18–25-year-olds, and as such we offer both paid internships to work at the Institute and two scholarship programmes. You can learn more about scholarships at the McGuinness Institute here.