Primary study awards and sabbaticals

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

Title of Award

Number of 2022 Awards available 

opening date*

closing date*

Outstanding document date

Notification date

Primary Principals' and 
Teachers' Study Awards (PT)

75 FTTE**


Closed 04/08/2021 10/09/2021

Primary Teachers' 
Sabbaticals (PTS)






Primary Principals'
Sabbaticals (PPS)








Overseas sabbaticals

As part of the Government’s response to COVID-19, New Zealand border entry measures have been put in place to minimise the risk of importing COVID-19 cases. At present, New Zealanders can undertake quarantine-free travel to Australia, and the Cook Islands. Travel to any other country is not available or would require periods of managed isolation.
Sabbatical proposals involving overseas travel (other than to Australia and the Cook Islands) during 2022 will not be accepted.

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

If quarantine free travel to Australia and the Cook Islands is stopped, applicants whose sabbatical proposal includes travel to Australia or the Cook Islands will be given the option to find a domestic alternative for the purposes of their sabbatical leave.

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.

New Zealand Teachers Council New Zealand Education Gazette New Zealand Qualifications Authority Immigration New Zealand