Area school awards, sabbaticals and grants

To learn more about each award, click on the title in the table. 

Title of Award

Number of Awards available 

opening date*

closing date*

Outstanding document date

Notification date

Area School Teachers'
Study Awards (AT)


7 FTTE **



31/05/2023  03/08/2023 

Area School Teachers' 
Sabbaticals (ATS)




31/05/2023 03/08/2023 

Area School Teachers' 
Study Support Grants (ATG)

12 19/07/2023


27/09/2023 14/11/2023

Area School Principals' 
Sabbaticals (APS) 

13 full-time equivalent sabbaticals***



31/05/2023  03/08/2023

Area School Principals’ Te Rau Titoki Leave (APSTRT)

13 full-time equivalent sabbaticals*** 29/03/2023 17/05/2023 31/05/2023  03/08/2023



* These dates are indicative and may change 

** Full time teacher equivalent. This may result in more than 7 area teachers being awarded during one school year.

*** This may result in sabbaticals being awarded to more than 13 area principals during one school year. The number of APS and APSTRT awards available are under the same allocation. 

Overseas sabbaticals

Postponing sabbaticals for reasons relating to COVID-19 travel restrictions will not be accepted.

Please keep in mind that the Ministry advises all travellers to be aware and consider what could happen in the event travel restrictions are announced. As with most things, it is important that any plans are transparent and mutually agreed by you and your principal / Board.

TeachNZ are only able to cover relief costs for the approved sabbatical period.

We're committed to supporting the professional development of teachers and principals. So we’ve put together a package of study awards, grants and sabbaticals to help you complete a qualification, take time off each week to study while teaching, move to another curriculum or subject area, or take time off to research a topic of interest. 


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