TeachNZ Scholarships

Applications for the 2020 TeachNZ Scholarship Programme are open!

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.

2020 Programme

Apply now!

The 2020 programme is open to more people.

If you are planning on enrolling, or are already enrolled on, an approved ITE programme - 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 learning, primary, secondary or in immersion settings; there are great choices available for you.

The table below outlines the scholarships available this year – they cover early learning, primary, secondary and immersion settings. Find out more information about the scholarships by following the links  to the left of the page.

*Please note Te Waka Whakarei and Te Tipu Whakarito support all sectors from early learning to secondary.

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You can apply online, or by post. Fill in one of the forms on the right hand of this page. 

Applications for round 2 close on 24th January 2020.

If you miss this application round, or are unsuccessful, you still have the opportunity to apply across two more rounds:

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We hold cultural competencies, passion and life experience in the same regard as your academic history. Our application form is designed to let you show this off!

You can apply for multiple scholarships, but can only be granted one. Part-time options are available.

If you have previously completed Initial Teacher Education training, hold teacher registration in any sector, or have received a TeachNZ Scholarship, you are not eligible for any of the scholarships available.

Applications are awarded by an independent panel after each application round. As well as judging an application on its merit the panel also consider how an application aligns with the aims of the scholarship programme.

We cannot accept image or PDF copies of the postal form that are sent to the TeachNZ email address.

For more information and tips on applying click here.

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 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.

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