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The Asia New Zealand Foundation initiated the Postgraduate Research Award Programme in 1997 and has generously funded it since then

Chair of Malay Studies

Victoria University

The Chair of Malay Studies at Victoria University of Wellington was inaugurated in March 1996. In 2002, the Malay Studies programme joined the Asia:NZ - NZASIA Research Awards Scheme and provides scholarships to postgraduate students working on topics related to the Malay World.

Previous Winners


Winners in 2008 of Asia:NZ - NZASIA Research Awards and Malay Studies Scholarships

Joe Lawson
Raja-Mohd-Ali, Raja-Haslinda
Sharifah Zannierah Syed Marzuki




Joe LawsonJoe Lawson

Joe is a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington. His research focuses on China’s now non-existent Xikang province, the territory of which was divided between Tibet and Sichuan in 1955. Joe’s project looks at discussion and formulation of the province’s settlement, education and social reform policies in the decades prior to its disestablishment. His research also intends to explore later socialist and emerging post-socialist narratives of this history. He has been awarded $5,000 to support archival research and interviews with historians and others who encounter the past as part of their professional or leisure pursuits. .



Malay Studies Scholarships 2008

Raja HaslindaRaja-Mohd-Ali, Raja-Haslinda

Raja Haslinda is a PhD candidate at Massey University, Palmerston North. Her research focuses on the impact of national culture on Information System Planning success from the organizational and operational level. Her project suggests that Information System Planning success could be affected by dimensions of national culture directly or via its determinants by formulating a co-relational model. She has been awarded $3000 to support the data collection at various companies in selected countries.


Shaeifah Zannierah Syed MarzukiSharifah Zannierah Syed Marzuki

Sharifah Zannierah Syed Marzuki is a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury. Her research is about understanding both customer and restaurant manager expectations regarding Halal certification. She will explore this in relation to both Halal certified eating outlets in Malaysia as well as non certified outlets that nevertheless claim to be Halal. As the Halal market is growing at a fast pace, Sharifah is keen to explore and highlight the impact that Halal certification has in the food service industry. She has been awarded $3,000 to undertake her research, which will be done by conducting surveys and case studies of Muslim and non Muslim customers and restaurant managers regarding Halal certification.