Thinking of Applying?

Information about 2019 study awards, sabbaticals, and study support grants is now available.

If you're thinking of applying for a study award, sabbatical or study support grant, check out the information below to help get your application organised.

The selection process for the awards is always competitive. As you'll appreciate, with a limited number available, only applications of the highest calibre can be successful.

What awards are available and what do they offer?

Study Awards provide paid study leave to complete part-time or full-time study in an educational priority area. The length of study leave awarded is based on your proposed study.

Sabbaticals give teachers and principals the opportunity to spend three, five or ten weeks completing a professional learning activity, and a chance for reflection and rejuvenation.

Study Support Grants are available to secondary and area school teachers and provide the opportunity to undertake study and/or research while continuing to teach. Each grant provides 0.16 time allowance (or approximately four hours a week) and a contribution of $500 towards your course fees.

When are applications open?

Application dates and criteria can differ for each award type. Click here to view the Awards Table where you can view the opening and closing dates for the 2019 awards.

What are the eligibility criteria to apply?

The eligibility criteria and selection factors are different for each award type, and these are subject to change each year. It's very important to make sure you're using the correct awards application form when you apply.

If you have any questions about the awards and what's right for you, don't hesitate to give us a call and talk about the options. We're here to help.

What can I do to help get my application ready?

Once the application forms are available, they will outline whats required for your application.

We suggest completing the steps below to help get your application ready.

Can I make a late application?

Late applications will not be considered. For your application to be considered, it must be sent and postmarked on or before the closing date.

Find out more about the award you're wanting to apply for:

You can find out more about each award by reading the information pages. Click on the button that applies to you:

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Talk to your board of trustees and principal:

As part of your application you'll be asked to provide proof of support from your board of trustees and principal.

We can only accept confirmation of board of trustees and principal support if it is signed by the board chairperson and principal. We must receive a copy of your application form or support letter with the original signatures (not scanned or photocopied) from these people.

We cannot accept signatures from your principal, as confirmation of board of trustees support.

Give us a call as soon possible to discuss your situation if there is likely to be a delay in providing support from your board chairperson or principal, or if you think support might not be forthcoming.

Research your study or sabbatical project options:

If you're applying for a study award or study support grant:
Have a look at courses available and talk to tertiary institutions about the courses you are interested in and suitable pathways. Their course information may also be useful.

If you're applying for a sabbatical:
Research the professional learning activities (your sabbatical project) you may want to complete while on sabbatical leave. This could include identifying the schools or institutions you would like to visit and the professional reading you'd like to undertake, as part of your project. You can read about previous recipients' professional learning here.

If you wish to undertake a study topic at an education agency, you should first check with the agency that it is willing to participate in your proposed activity; and the basis on which that participation is agreed to if you are awarded a sabbatical. Successfully gaining a sabbatical does not guarantee that you will be able to complete the study topic if you have not had the agency’s prior agreement.

Talk to past recipients:

If you know anyone who's previously been awarded a study award, sabbatical or study support grant, talk to them about their experience and they may be able to help you prepare your application.

Need help?

The TeachNZ team is here to help. So if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us on 0800 165 225 or email

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