TeachNZ Scholarships

The 2021 TeachNZ scholarship programme has recently closed. More information about the 2022 programme will be made available shortly. 

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.

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

Round 1 Scholarship Table


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. 

There will be three application rounds to ensure you have the greatest opportunity to apply - and reapply if you are unsuccessful. You must submit your application on or before the application round closing date.

Our Aims

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

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.

Sound Good?

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

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