Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarship

Applications for the Te Huawhiti Career Changer Scholarship have recently closed. They will reopen again soon.

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 by the Inland Revenue Department and will be considered as income by StudyLink 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. They may be updated throughout the duration of the year. To find out which Initial Teacher Education courses are considered approved, please check the scholarship guide. If you believe you are enrolled on a course that should be considered approved for this scholarship, please contact a member of the TeachNZ team.

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. It will be made available on this page when the upcoming application round opens.

There are 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.

Due to demand of the Te Huawhiti Career Changer scholarship, there is an expectation that by the third application round it will only be open to applicants with mid-year enrolments starting their first year of study.

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

Round 1 Scholarship Dates6


We appreciate that completing the application form can be a challenging task. We have a team on hand and more information across our website and in our scholarship guide, to make sure you hand in the strongest application you can.

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.

The assessment panel evaluate each application against a number of criteria. They reflect on how applicants express their relationship and engagement skills, communication skills, leadership, motivations to teach and cultural capabilities. As well as judging an application on these merits, the assessment panel consider how an application aligns with the aims of the scholarship programme.

Whether or not an applicant is considered to be ‘changing careers’ will also be left to the discretion of the assessment panel.

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. You can also find more information about accepting a scholarship in the scholarship guide and here.

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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