The Stout Research Centre is an important bridge between the University and the community and plays a key role in supporting independent scholarship in New Zealand. The Centre hosts the JD Stout Fellow who is appointed annually to the prestigious JD Stout Fellowship. In 2015, the Centre will also host the Stout Memorial Fellowship.
The Centre also offers non-stipendiary residencies to independent scholars from the community working on a wide variety of research topics. Recent residents include Rachel Barrowman, writing a biography of Maurice Gee; Sarah Gaitanos researching the life of Hungarian violinist and Holocaust survivor Clare Galambos Winter; and Redmer Yska completing a history of national tabloid weekly New Zealand Truth.
From time to time the Centre also appoints scholars to the position of Adjunct Research Associate.