TeachNZ study awards, sabbaticals and study support grants


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

Applications for the following awards are now open:

Māori Medium Education Study Award Open Now Closing 26 August
Bilingual Education Study Award Open Now Closing 2 September
Guidance Counsellor Training Study Award Open Now  Closing 2 September 
Reading Recovery Tutor Study Award Open Now Closing 2 September
Secondary Support Grants Open Now Closing 17 September
Area Support Grants Open Now Closing 17 September

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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