TeachNZ Scholarships

Applications are now closed. Notifications will be sent to applicants on 6 April 2022.


Applications for the Career Changer scholarships will open on 18 October 2021 and close 15 November 2021. Applications for all other TeachNZ scholarships will open on 1 February 2022 and close 28 February 2022.

Our scholarships support you on your journey towards being a great teacher or kaiako. We can cover the cost of your course fees and pay you an allowance throughout the duration of your study.

If you are planning on enrolling, or are already enrolled on, an approved Initial Teacher Education course - you are eligible for one of our five scholarships.

Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate, a school leaver or a career changer, have the passion to teach early childhood, primary, secondary or in immersion settings; there are great choices available for you.

Teacher NZ scholarship table

The table below outlines the scholarships that will be on offer – they cover early childhood, primary, secondary and immersion settings.


Information about applying for scholarships

To apply for a scholarship you must complete an online application form. The form will be found on this webpage when the programme launches.

You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but only accept one. Part time options are available. If you have previously completed Initial Teacher Education training and/or received a TeachNZ Scholarship, you are not eligible for any of the scholarships available. 

The purpose of Teacher NZ scholarships

The TeachNZ scholarship programme aligns to the Ministry of Education’s goal of shaping an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes for all.

The TeachNZ scholarship programme has three roles in contributing to equity and excellent outcomes:

  1. It helps enable equitable acess to teaching by reducing and minimizing the significant barriers that prevent some individuals in Aotearoa New Zealand from starting Initial Teacher Education.
  2. It addresses equity by supporting people from communities historically underserved by the education system to start Initial Teacher Education and grow a workforce that is representative of learners.
  3. It supports the system to deliver excellent outcomes by getting the right teachers in the right place at the right time. For example, scholarship criteria is weighted to address areas that are experiencing teacher supply challenges, such as:
    • specific subjects e.g. Science, Technology, Maths, Te Reo Māori
    • specific sectors e.g. Early Learning, Secondary, Māori Medium

2022 Priorities

For 2022, positive weightings and scorings will be given to:

  • Applicants planning to teach Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths
  • Applicants planning to teach in ECE or Secondary
  • Applicants who are Māori, Pasifika or planning to teach in bilingual or immersion settings

Applicants who are currently working in a school as a:

  • Teacher Aide
  • Limited Authority to Teach (LAT)
  • Kaiāwhina
  • Kaiārahi I te reo

To ensure these aims are adhered to, positive weightings and scorings are placed on the applications that support them. A number of scholarships may also be protected to guarantee they are awarded to applicants wishing to teach in the areas facing teacher supply challenges.

We are dedicated to supporting to the revitalization of Te Reo and rewarding our Māori and Pacific leaders of tomorrow.

If you are considering applying for a scholarship please keep an eye on this webpage.

Information for existing scholarship holders

If you are currently a recipient of one of our scholarships you can click here to find out more information about payment applications, bonding and assistance in finding employment.

2022 Payment information:

2022 TeachNZ scholarship recipients

Please note if you have been awarded a 2022 TeachNZ Te Huawhiti or Te Waka Whakarei Career Scholarship your first allowance payment may be delayed. Any eligible allowance payments will be backdated to the start date of the 2022 allowance payment schedule attached to the right. Once your allowance payment starts you will receive a conformation letter directly from Studylink. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us on 0800 165 225 or TeachNZ.Admin@education.govt.nz

Past recipient stories

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