TeachNZ - Te Huarau Scholarship

Closing date:
Value of Award: Fees plus $10,000 allowance per year
No. of awards: 130
Tenure: Limited to four years



Online Application Form

Our scholarships support you on your journey towards being a great teacher. We can cover the cost of your course fees and pay you an allowance throughout the duration of your study.  

If you want to teach, a Te Huarau scholarship can support your journey. The Te Huarau 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!  

Selection criteria:

  • To be eligible, you are required to: Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident Be enrolled on, have applied for, or be intending on enrol on an approved qualification.  

General Information:

How do students apply?
To apply for a scholarship you must complete an online application form. There will be three application rounds, to ensure you get the greatest opportunity to apply and the chance to reapply should they be unsuccessful in an earlier round.
Online Application Form

Decision makers
Applications are awarded by an independent panel after each round. As well as judging an application on its merit the panel also consider how an application aligns with the aims of the scholarship programme. The panel will positively weight applicants with Māori and Pacific cultural capabilities and those that intend to teach Science, Technology, Maths, te reo Māori or in ECE and Māori Medium settings. Positive weightings will be flexible and will may change dependent upon teacher supply pressures. 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!

How and when do students learn of the decision?
You can apply for multiple scholarships, but can only be granted one. Part-time options are available.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
As a Te Huarau Scholar you gain access to: Course fees to study an approved teaching qualification An allowance of $10,000 over the period of your study (limited to four years)  

Additional information
Our Aims The scholarship programme has three roles in contributing to equity and excellent outcomes: It helps enable equitable access to teaching by reducing/minimising significant barriers that some individuals in Aotearoa New Zealand have in entering initial teacher education. It addresses equity by supporting people from the communities who are underserved by the system, to enter the system through initial teacher education. It supports the system to deliver excellent outcomes by getting the right teachers in the right place at the right time. For example, scholarship criteria is weighted to address areas that are experiencing teacher supply pressure such as: - specific subjects e.g. Science, Technology, Maths, Te Reo Māori - specific sectors e.g. ECE, Primary, Secondary, Māori Medium - specific regions or settings e.g. Auckland, Southland, Gisborne/East Coast, rural and isolated schools. We are dedicated to supporting to the revitalization of Te Reo and rewarding our Māori and Pacific leaders of tomorrow.  

Who else has information about this award?
Need 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.  

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

Ministry of Education

PO Box 1666 Thorndon

Phone: 0800 165 225

Email: teachnz.admin@education.govt.nz

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