TeachNZ Scholarships

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) update:

2020 TeachNZ Scholarship Programme, Round Three

We are currently reviewing the timing for round three as we receive information from ITE providers about their online programme arrangements.

We will keep this website page updated, so please check back here for more information.

If you have already completed an entry, or are currently working on one, please hold on to it rather than submitting it for the time being.

If you have any questions, please email teachnz.admin@education.govt.nz, we have a dedicated team to respond.


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


Our Aims

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

  1. It helps enable equitable access to teaching by reducing/minimising significant barriers that some individuals in Aotearoa New Zealand have in entering initial teacher education.
  2. It addresses equity by supporting people from the communities who are underserved by the system, to enter the system through initial teacher education.
  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 pressure such as:
    • specific subjects e.g. Science, Technology, Maths, Te Reo Māori
    • specific sectors e.g. ECE, Primary, Secondary, Māori Medium
    • specific regions or settings e.g. Auckland, Southland, Gisborne/East Coast, rural and isolated schools.

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


Existing Scholarship Holder?

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.

Need help?

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.

You can also learn more about our scholarships by watching the videos and exploring the links on the left of this page.

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