Te Huarau Scholarship

Applications for the 2024 Te Huarau Scholarships are now open and will be closing on Tuesday 13 February 2024.

If you want to become a teacher or kaiako, a Te Huarau Scholarship can support your journey. 

The scholarship removes barriers by offering recipients financial assistance.

It 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 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)

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
  • Have not previously received a TeachNZ scholarship

Please note: If you have already completed Initial Teacher Education Training or are already a registered teacher you are not eligible to apply for the TeachNZ Scholarships. Instead, we have Study Awards on offer - please look here.

2024 Priorities

For 2024, positive weightings and scorings will be given to:

  • Applicants planning to teach Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths
  • Applicants planning to teach in ECE or Secondary
  • Applicants who are Māori, Pasifika or planning to teach in bilingual or immersion settings
  • Applicants from diverse ethnic backgrounds

Applicants who are currently working in a school as a:

  • Teacher Aide
  • Limited Authority to Teach (LAT)
  • Kaiāwhina
  • Kaiārahi I te reo

Approved teaching qualifications are determined by the Teaching Council. They may be updated throughout the duration of the year. 

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. The application form will be made available when the scholarship programme opens.

You must submit your application on or before the application round closing date. If an application is incomplete, it will not be assessed.

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

Video Requirement

As part of the application process, you are required to produce a short three minute video and provide the link in your application form. Please refer to the information here about preparing your video.

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.

Notification and Accepting a Scholarship

If your application is successful, we will email you a scholarship offer with an agreement setting out the terms and conditions of the scholarship.

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.

New Zealand Teachers Council New Zealand Education Gazette New Zealand Qualifications Authority Immigration New Zealand