Scholarship Details

NZSL Scholarship (NZ Sign Language)

Application Form
Closing date: 01/12/2018
Usually closes on 1 December.
Value of Award: Max $10,000 degree pathway Max $5000 Diploma pathway
No. of awards: Number of new scholarships determined annually.
Tenure: The tenure of the scholarship is for up to two years depending on the pathway to the BA in NZSL – English Interpreting degree.

The Ministry of Economic Development funds scholarships to support students to contribute to building a qualified national NZSL interpreter workforce by becoming qualified NZSL interpreters.

These scholarships fund second and third year students who wish to complete the BA in New Zealand Sign Language at AUT.

Selection criteria:

  • The scholarship is open to persons who intend to complete the BA in English - NZSL Interpreting. This includes people holding the Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting (DipSLI) who wish to complete the BA in NZSL - English Interpreting degree and who did not receive an MBIE scholarship while studying for the Diploma.

  • Applicants must:
  • • Demonstrate an appropriate level of NZSL competency (B average or higher in NZSL first year papers).
  • • Exhibit academic achievement.
  • • Applicants must be NZ citizens or permanent residents.

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applications will open in early October. A link will be available to the application portal from the top of this page. Application is through the AUT on-line scholarship application system. Applicants will be asked to upload academic transcripts for all tertiary study completed at an institution other than AUT
Applicants will be asked to provide the contact details for two character referees. The referees must be:
• A member of the Deaf community.
• A Sign Language tutor.
• Employer.
• High school teacher.
Application Form

Decision makers
Applicants will be considered by a selection panel from the School of Language and Culture.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
As soon as possible after the closing date.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
• To receive the second payment, recipients must pass all third year papers with a B average or higher.
• Although applicants may be either full or part-time, part-time students may only hold the scholarship for a maximum of two years. .
• The recipient may hold additional scholarships with the approval of the Head School and the Scholarships Office.
• Recipients must indicate willingness to make reasonable efforts to be employed at the Video Relay Service Centre for a reasonable period of time following graduation from the programme.

• Recipients will agree to allow AUT to deliver progress reports to the Ministry of Economic Development.
• Recipients will agree to be interviewed and to allow their name, photograph and details of their study and work to be used for advertising and publicity purposes.


Additional information
• The scholarship will consist of an annual $5,000 contribution towards tuition fees for the second and third years of the BA in NZSL - English Interpreting degree; or $5,000 for one year for applicants holding the Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting who wish to complete the BA in NZSL – English Interpreting degree.
• The total value of each award will be a maximum of $10,000 (for BA pathway) or $5,000 for the Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting pathway.

Who else has information about this award?

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Auckland University of Technology

Phone: +64 9 921 9837


Last updated: 18-Dec-2017 3.23pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.