Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarship

Applications will open on 18 October 2021 and close on 15 November 2021

If you want to change careers and become a teacher or kaiako, 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)

Career changer allowances may be counted as an income for benefits and student allowances. 

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

Approved teaching qualifications are determined by the Teaching Council. 

Fees and allowance payments are only paid upon meeting the requirements of a scholarship. To receive allowance payments you are required to be a full-time student (or have ‘limited full-time statuses from StudyLink) and pass all of your academic year.

Further terms and conditions apply.


To apply for a scholarship you must complete an online application form. The application form will be made available when the 2022 scholarship programme opens.

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.

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

The programme is inclusive and rewards outstanding applicants. Outstanding to TeachNZ goes beyond academic achievement. The programme recognises passion, leadership, good communication, lived experiences and also places value on Māori and Pacific cultural competencies and language skills.

Notification and Accepting a Scholarship

If your application is successful, we will email you a scholarship offer email with an agreement setting out the terms and conditions of the scholarship. Example terms and conditions for the Te Huawhiti Career Changer are available to download on this page.

We will also contact you if your application was unsuccessful and to let you know if the assessment panel have rewarded you with a reserve or alternative scholarship offer.

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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