Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarship

The first application round of the 2020TeachNZ Scholarship Programme has recently closed.

You will be able to apply for a Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarship again from 6th December!

If you want to change careers and become a teacher, a Te Huawhiti Scholarship can support your journey.

A Te Huawhiti scholarship provides financial assistance so the loss of income you experience while studying is not a barrier to obtaining a teaching qualification.

The scholarship is designed to assist applicants studying to teach any subject in any sector. 

Undergraduate or graduate, if you are enrolled on, or plan to enrol on, any approved teaching programme this could be the scholarship for you!


As a Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholar you gain access to:

  • Course fees to study an approved teaching qualification
  • An allowance of $30,000 per year, over the period of your study (limited to three years)

To be eligible, you are required to:

  • Be changing your career or profession to teaching


  • Be an unqualified teacher currently working in a school (such as a Teacher Aide) have a Limited Authority to Teach or a kaiārahi I te reo


  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • Be enrolled on, have applied for, or be intending on enrol on an approved qualification.

To find out more about approved teaching qualifications click here.

Terms and conditions apply


You can apply online, or by post.

There are two more application rounds to ensure you get the greatest opportunity to apply.

Applications for round two open 6th December 2019.

Round 2 onwards dates2

Please be aware, that due to the limited availability of the Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarship (85) they may all be allocated before the third round.

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.

For more information and tips on applying click here.

Need more 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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