TeachNZ study awards, sabbaticals and study support grants

If you’re a teacher or principal, you can enquire, 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

To apply for a TeachNZ study award/sabbatical you are required to use your existing ESL role with an account and login. You can review your ESL account details here: https://applications.education.govt.nz/education-sector-logon-esl/how-use-esl/self-service

If you do not currently have an ESL role, please contact your school Delegated Authoriser who will be able to set up an ESL role for you for the "Te Mahau Service Portal".

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 online. Please note we are unable to accept late applications.





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