TeachNZ study awards, sabbaticals and study support grants


Should the FAQs below not answer your query, do not hesitate to contact us by calling 0800 165 225 or emailing teacher.studyawards@education.govt.nz

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Update and Frequently Asked Questions

The developing situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic may impact your Sabbatical, Study Award or Study Grant.

Due to this, the opening dates for the 2021 programme are currently under review.

We will be keeping this area of the website updated as we assess the situation.

Essential information surrounding staffing provisions and travel can be found here.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions 

With the international travel restrictions and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 the research, rejuvenation and travel elements of my Sabbatical could be impacted, what can I do if this is case?

All TeachNZ Sabbatical recipients have the option to defer their sabbatical. You can defer your sabbatical to a term later this year, or alternatively, Term 1 or 2 of 2021.

If you hold a Teachers Sabbatical and wish to defer, we require a letter of support from both your Principal and Board of Trustees.

If you hold a Principals Sabbatical and wish to defer, we require support from your Board of Trustees.

Once you have come to a decision and obtained the necessary letters of support, please contact us via email at teacher.studyawards@education.govt.nz and we will work to confirm your deferral.

If my Sabbatical, Study Award or Study Grant is impacted by measures such as school closures, university closures and self-isolation, what would happen to my award?

We will continue to assess the terms and conditions of all of the 2020 awards as the situation progresses and will be in contact with you should they change.

 If you’re a teacher or principal, you can inquire, investigate or study, with support provided for you and your school or kura.

We provide study awards so teachers and principals can complete part-time or full-time study in an educational priority area, improve their proficiency in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga and develop their skills as a bilingual or immersion teacher, complete a relevant Guidance Counsellor qualification, or take paid leave to train as a Reading Recovery Tutor.

We provide sabbaticals so teachers and principals have an opportunity to spend three, five or ten weeks completing a professional learning activity, as well as a chance for reflection and rejuvenation.

We provide study support grants to secondary and area school teachers so they can undertake study and/or research while continuing to teach. Each grant supports approximately four hours a week and a contribution of $500 towards course fees. 

Before you start

Check out which awards are suitable for you to apply for, including application dates, eligibility requirements and assessment criteria. 

The eligibility criteria and selection factors are different for each award type, and these are subject to change each year. It's very important to make sure you're using the correct awards application form when you apply - the correct form can be found on the right hand side of each individual award page, under the 'Download' section.

You can apply either online or by post; both forms can be found to the right hand side of each individual award page.

Please note we are unable to accept late applications.

If you're applying by post, it’s important that it is postmarked on or before the closing date, otherwise we will not be able to accept your application. 


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