Area school teachers' study award

The Area School Teachers' Study Award provides paid leave to complete part-time or full-time study in an agreed educational priority area. You can apply for leave to:

  • complete a qualification
  • improve an existing qualification
  • study to obtain qualifications in a new or different curriculum or subject area
  • undertake research or other study of relevance and value to education
  • obtain practical knowledge and skill-related experience in your subject area.

Each year there are seven full-time teacher equivalent (FTTE) study leave opportunities, with two study awards reserved for pursuing studies in te reo Māori or Māori immersion learning. 

Applications for the 2023 Area School Teachers’ Study Award are closed. Notifications will be sent on 4 August 2022.

Please make sure you read all the webpages for information on the award before applying.

The Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.  

Am I eligible for an Area School Teachers' Study Award?

If you wish to apply for an Area School Teachers' Study Leave Award, you must be:

  • employed under the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA) or applicable Individual Employment Agreement (IEA)
  • permanently appointed
  • a full-time or part-time teacher in a New Zealand state or state-integrated area school.

You cannot undertake a study award at the same time as being appointed to a Kāhui Ako | Community Teacher (across community/schools) role.

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