ECE Scholarships - Māori and Pasifika Languages Scholarship

Applications for the 2018 TeachNZ Early Childhood Education Scholarships will open on 4 December 2017.

The 2017 TeachNZ Early Childhood Education Scholarships closed 6 March 2017.

TeachNZ scholarships are subject to change each year, including the categories, types and numbers of scholarships available.

Please check the scholarships table on the TeachNZ website in September to receive updated information on scholarships available for 2018.

If you're thinking of applying, we can also offer you some helpful advice before you complete your application. Click here to find out more.

Note: You do not need to be enrolled in an approved teaching programme when applying for a TeachNZ scholarship.


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The information below applies to the 2017 TeachNZ Early Childhood Education Scholarships.

The ECE Māori and Pasifika Languages scholarships are for those who are fluent speakers of te reo Māori or a Pasifika language and who want to teach in the early childhood sector.

Scholarships cover core study fees and an allowance of $10,000 over the period of study.

These scholarships are for people who will either commence or continue their study in the 2017 academic year. If your study year starts in Semester 1, you'll need to be enrolled in an approved ECE teaching qualification before applying.

The academic year for early childhood teacher education study has two intakes – one at the start of the calendar year and one that commences mid-year. This scholarship is for:

  • students starting their study year in the first semester of 2017 (start of year). If you receive a TeachNZ ECE scholarship, your course fees will be paid from Semester 1, 2017; and
  • students starting their study year in the second semester of 2017 (mid-year). If you receive a TeachNZ ECE scholarship, your course fees will be paid from Semester 2, 2017.

Please note that your study year must be starting from either Semester 1 or Semester 2 in 2017. This can be the start of your first or any subsequent year of study.

Which scholarship is right for me?

  • ECE Māori Language Scholarship: for people who are proficient in te reo Māori, have knowledge understanding and experience working with Māori communities, and who want to teach in the early childhood sector.
  • ECE Pasifika Languages Scholarship: for people who are proficient in a Pasifika language, have knowledge understanding and experience working with Pasifika communities, and who want to teach in the early childhood sector.

Applications for these scholarships opened 7 February 2017 and closed 6 March 2017.

Need help?

You can learn more about scholarships by reading our Scholarships: Frequently Asked Questions page.

Remember, we're here to help. If you have any questions, you can email us on teachnz.admin@education.govt.nz or call us during business hours on 0800 165 225.

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