Secondary teachers' study award

The Secondary Teachers' Study Award provides paid leave to complete part-time or full-time study in an agreed educational priority area. You can apply for leave to:

  • complete a qualification
  • improve an existing qualification
  • study a new qualifications in a new or different curriculum area 
  • undertake research
  • undertake study that is relevant and adds value to secondary education
  • obtain practical knowledge and skill-related experience in your subject area.

Each year there are 75 full-time teacher equivalent (FTTE) study award opportunities available to secondary teachers in state or state-integrated schools, who are covered by the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA).

Applications for the 2023 Secondary Teachers' Study Awards are closed. Notifications will be sent on 15 August 2022.

Please make sure you read all the webpages for information on the award before applying.

The Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

Am I eligible for a Secondary Teachers’ Study Award?

If you wish to apply for a Secondary Teachers' Study Award, you must be:

  • employed under the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) or applicable Individual Employment Agreement (IEA)
  • a permanently appointed full-time or part-time teacher in a New Zealand state or state-integrated school
  • a full-time long-term relieving or fixed-term teacher in a New Zealand state or state-integrated school.

You cannot undertake a study award at the same time as being appointed to a Kāhui Ako |Community Teacher (across community/schools) role.

Guidance counsellors covered by the STCA may apply. Fixed-term and long-term relieving part-time teachers and day relievers are not eligible to apply.

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