Grants and Scholarships are available to help finance your studies


givME is a database of more than 4,000 awards, scholarships and grants for people in New Zealand.  This database will help you find the funding schemes relevant to you.

Students living in the Whangārei or Far North district can access givME through their local district library. 

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Further scholarships are also listed at

Accord Trust Scholarship

This scholarship provides fee discounts to eCampus learners enrolled at NorthTec in 2022. Awards up to $4000 ($16,444 available in total) to students ineligible for any other fees-free options.  Students enrolled in an NorthTec programme through eCampus NZ.

To apply see Accord Trust Scholarship.

Northland Regional Council

Northland Regional Council’s Tū i te ora Scholarship is to recognise and support students to undertake study, research or training that relates to council’s environmental and regulatory functions – providing a springboard for future environmental leaders and champions, whilst contributing to council’s vision ‘Our Northland – together we thrive’. 

There are eight scholarships worth $3,000 each available. Four scholarships are dedicated to Māori (who whakapapa to Te Tai Tokerau) and one is dedicated to a student undertaking study, research or training related council’s land or water functions). ​ Applications open mid-December and close Sunday 2 March 2022.

For more information or to apply visit

Outward Bound

NorthTec is an Outward Bound Community Partner, which means that as a student at NorthTec you have access to the Ka Mahi Scholarship Programme. This scholarship is available to those aged 18-26 years to contribute towards a 21-day Outward Bound course.

The average amount OBNZ can provide through scholarship support ranges between 20-70% of a full course fee. The funding amount is directly based on the level of need and the motivation to attend demonstrated by the student’s application and our donors’ designations. 

Webjet Scholarship

The Webjet Student Grant is offered to students enrolled full-time in Business or IT programmes (including design and animation). The value of this grant is AUD $5,000 (total amount) and is paid as a one time payment to the winner.

This grant is offered annually. Applications for the 2020-21 grant are open until October 31st 2021.


Browse a variety of opportunities including funding for emerging and established artists, art practitioners, groups and organisations. There are also residencies, fellowships, awards and international opportunities often available.

Visit CreativeNZ for more info.

Ray White Allens Education Foundation Scholarship

To help you achieve your dreams, the Ray White Allens Education Foundation are awarding up to $2,000 in individual scholarships to eligible Northlanders. Applications close mid-October.

Visit the Ray White website for more info.

Whangarei Agricultural and Pastoral Society Scholarship

Whangarei A&P Society has been offering a study scholarship for students planning a career in agriculture or related industries for 10 years. Each scholarship is worth a total of $7,500 over a three year period. School leaver scholarships of $1000 are also available. Applications close 30 September each year.

Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) Scholarships

Every year Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) offers scholarships that are open to New Zealand students and trainees who have a special interest in the fruit or vegetable industry and are undergoing significant industry training or education. There are two types of scholarships you can apply for: HortNZ Industry Training Scholarship ($500) for certificate and diploma study, or HortNZ Undergraduate Scholarship ($4500) for degree level study.

Application forms (including referee forms) are available from close mid-March.

Lynwood Avocado Nursery Scholarship

The Lynwood Avocado Nursery Scholarship ($3000) is awarded to an outstanding Northland student undertaking horticultural related tertiary studies. Applicants need to have NCEA Level 3 or better.

Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation

The scholarships are available to tertiary students, both female and male, who were born in the South Pacific region which not only includes the island nations of the Pacific but also New Zealand and Australia. Scholarships up to $1,000 a year are granted depending on the need and cost of the course being undertaken.

Visit for more information. Applications close last Friday of January.

Rural Communities Trust Grant

Rural Communities Trust grants of $500-$2000 are allocated triannually to assist individuals/families and/or groups in rural areas (community with less than 2,000 population). The closing dates for applications are: 31 January, 31 May, 31 October.

Silver Fern Farms -  Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships

Silver Fern Farms vision is Inspirational Food created by Passionate People. Providing support to young people who want a future in the food and farming industry is important to Silver Fern Farms. The scholarship is valued at $5000.

Applications open 1 June and close 1 August.

Full details of the criteria and judging process will be provided when the Silver Fern Farms Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships are launched in June.

NASA Internships - NZ Space Agency

New Zealand tertiary students are now eligible for NASA Internships.

“Through the programme, high-achieving students will have the opportunity to work in NASA’s best and most advanced research facilities, with access to expert mentors,” Economic Development Minister David Parker said. The Agreement is accompanied by a new scholarship from the New Zealand Space Agency, for up to four students.

The New Zealand Space Agency will accept applications from 10 September until 12 October. Find out more at

Nursing Scholarships and Grants

The Nursing Education and Research Foundation (NERF) and NZNO offer NZNO members a range of scholarships and grants. These grants are funded from various trusts including the Gretta and Harry Hamblin Trust and the McCutchan Trust. NZNO also administers a range of other NZNO local and national grants.

Find out more at

Hauora Hokianga Scholarships

The Trust offers three scholarships which can assist the payment of fees and expenses for medical, nursing or allied health students. Application for these scholarships is open to a student already undertaking medical, nursing or allied health studies who either went to school in Hokianga or who has whakapapa links with Hokianga. Applications are received by the Trust by 31 October of each year from students who have studied in that year, to be considered for the scholarship of the following year.

Find out more at

NZ Contemporary Art Award

The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust is pleased to announce, in conjunction with the NZ Contemporary Art Trust, a new award to foster greater understanding of and engagement with contemporary art in New Zealand and to encourage awareness of the benefits of art to society. The Award is available for a male or female student enrolled in the third year or above of a degree or post-graduate degree in an Arts-related area at a NZQA-accredited tertiary institute in the Auckland or Northland region. One Award of $5000 is available to contribute towards the payment of academic fees.

Find out more.

Scholarships for Women

The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust

The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust has been established to help women over the age of 25 years to obtain a qualification to enter the workforce. It also may be used to gain a further qualification to advance their careers in business, the professions, the arts or to change their occupation.

The Scholarship is intended to provide financial support for study.  Students must have a proven record of academic achievement. 

Applications open on 1 June each year, and must be submitted by 1 September in the year before study.

The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust

The Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust is a Charitable Trust whose main purpose is to help others achieve in furthering their education through the provision of scholarships, financial and other assistance. The Trust is named in recognition of Kate Milligan Edger (1857-1935), the first woman to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in the British Empire.

A variety of scholarships are available throughout the year.

New Horizons for Women Trust Awards

The Trust offers Second Chance Education Study Awards, Research Awards, and Specific Purpose Awards.  Applications for all awards open 1 March and in April each year.

Rural Women New Zealand

Various scholarships and bursaries are available throughout the year.

Zonta Hatea Woman's Tertiary Grant

The Zonta club offers a $2000 scholarship to Whangarei-based women (20+ years) who are currently studying. Applications generally close end of September. Visit their Facebook page for further information.

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Zonta Second Chance Study Award

The Zonta Club of Mangawhai is offering $3500 up to $3,500 towards tuition costs for an NZQA approved course of study towards a sustainable career path. Any woman furthering educational studies who is resident in the Mangawhai,
Kaiwaka, Maungaturoto, or Bream Bay area is eligible to apply. Applications close Friday 17 September 2021.

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Toptal Scholarships Program

As part of  supporting women with great leadership potential Toptal has established the Toptal Scholarship. These scholarships provide assistance to women from around the world to help empower them to follow their passion and become leaders. Subject to these Toptal Scholarships Official Rules, the selected recipients will receive US$10,000 and one year of one-on-one mentorship from a Toptal leader.  Oceania applications close 31 October.

Visit their website for more details.

Rosemary Seymour Research & Archives Award

The WSA (NZ)/Pae Akoranga Wāhine is a feminist organisation formed to promote radical social change through the medium of women’s studies.  This year the fund will enable us to make two awards of $1000 each, one for which only Māori women may apply, while the second is open to all women. Women’s groups may also apply, for either award.

Applications should be sent by email attachment no earlier than 1 August and by 31 October.

View details and how to apply.

Scholarships for Māori

Te Matarau Education Trust

A joint partnership between NorthTec and Te Matarau Education Trust enables Māori and Pasifika learners aged 16-40 years throughout Tai Tokerau to enrol in trades training programmes and study fees-free.

Te Matarau Education Trust provides a unique Hapū/Iwi-specific pastoral care support package to its ākonga (learners). As well as receiving fees-free study, ākonga are helped with issues that might stop them studying, and are also supported to reconnect with their whakapapa.

Te Matarau Education Trust is a collective of five Hapū and lwi that have come together to support Māori and Pasifika Trades Training in Tai Tokerau, working in conjunction with NorthTec.

For more information or to apply, call 0800 GETTRADES (0800 438872) or visit the Te Matarau Education Facebook page or

Māori Education Trust Scholarships

The Māori Education Trust provide a range of scholarships for Māori secondary, tertiary and post graduate students. The purpose of the scholarship programme is to provide support for Māori students to pursue and achieve success in programmes of study and training.

View the Māori Education Trust 2022 Teritary Scholarships.
Tertiary scholarships must be applied for on-line. Applications close 31 March 2022

Visit the website for more info and to apply.

Te Rau Ora

Te Rau Ora (originally Te Rau Matatini) is New Zealand’s indigenous Māori organisation providing a range of local and national programmes to improve Māori Health.

Te Rau Ora is pleased to offer two Ana Sokratov scholarships in 2019 for Māori with lived experience of mental distress and/or addictions who wish to pursue and achieve success in a program of study and training. Applications close 20 March 2019.

Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust

Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust invite applications to their scholarships. 

Scholarships are available for those studying at tertiary level in commerce, agribusiness and fisheries.  Applications close early-April.

Hauora Māori Scholarships

Hauora Māori Scholarships provide financial assistance to students who are undertaking or completing a course (level seven or above) or health care worker training (at a recognised tertiary provider) in health and disability studies.

Visit website for more info and to apply.  Applications close late-March.

Māori CPA Australia Scholarships

CPA Australia provides scholarships and subsidies to assist members in gaining status as a CPA, with up to two scholarships annually for students of Māori descent. The scholarships are awarded each October to the best-qualified applications. Recipients will be exempt from all CPA Program subject fees and first-year membership fees as an Associate (ASA).

Read about the first Māori scholarship recipient Tane Huata.

Visit CPA Australia for more info and to apply. Deadline for applications is 31 August.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Two Maori Scholarships: The Ngā Raumanako Māori Scholarship and Suzanne Spencer Memorial Māori Scholarship are offered to Māori tauira studying towards a qualification in accounting, who are in their second or subsequent year of study.

The successful recipient of the Ngā Raumanako Māori Scholarship will receive $5,000 over a two year period as well as the opportunity to gain an internship with one of the Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa network partners.
The successful recipient of the Suzanne Spencer Memorial Māori Scholarship will receive $6,000 over a two year period and have access to the NKMoA network of employers at the student evening at the Hui-ā-Tau. They will also be provided with the opportunity to have a mentor from the NKMoA network to assist them with their career aspirations.
To learn more about this opportunity and also the link for applying for these scholarships, please visit:
Applications are open from 1st July and will close on the 1st August 2019.

Scholarships for Iwi

Ngāpuhi Scholarships

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi-O-Ngāpuhi Scholarship Awards were established in 2003. The overall aim of Ngāpuhi Scholarships is to assist Ngāpuhi students to fulfil their potential for academic success, and encourage applicants to contribute their skills towards the wellbeing and betterment of Ngāpuhi whānau, hapū and iwi.

For more information and an application form, visit the website here or call into the Rūnanga office, 16 Mangakāhia Rd, Kaikohe.

Any further queries call the Rūnanga on 0800 NGAPUHI - 0800 642 7844 (or +64 9 401 5530).

Te Hiku Hauora Tertiary Health Scholarships

The scholarships support the aims and aspirations of Te Hiku Hauora by promoting and assisting the descendants of the Iwi of Te Hiku to pursue health sector careers. Growing our own health professionals will ensure Te Hiku services are increasingly provided by Te Hiku people and strengthen succession planning across generations. Visit the web site for further information.

Applications close mid-November.

Scholarships for People of Pacific Descent

CA ANZ Pacific Scholarships

Chartered Accountants ANZ is offering two scholarships to tertiary students of Pacific heritage. One scholarship is designed for Pacific heritage students living in Aotearoa New Zealand and the other one for students living in the Pacific Islands. These scholarships of NZ $5,000 each will assist students to progress their studies in accounting by providing financial support.

Visit You Unlimited ANZ for more info and to apply. Deadline for applications is 5 September.

Pacific Health and Disability Workforce Awards

The Ministry of Health have opened this scholarship opportunity for people of Pacific descent who are studying an NZQA approved programme of health or disability related studies.

Application forms and further information are on their website.  

Pacific Islands Polynesian Education Foundation (PIPEF)

The Pacific Islands Polynesian Education Foundation (PIPEF) awards 3 types of scholarships to Pasifika students enrolled full-time in tertiary study in New Zealand. Applications close 31 March.

Click here for more info.

Postgraduate Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships

The Chevening Scholarship is the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships offer a unique opportunity to study a fully funded one-year Master’s degree at any of the UK’s leading universities. Candidates should be established or emerging leaders from across a wide range of fields: including government, business, civil society and academia.

Chevening Scholars come from 160 countries worldwide and the scheme supports over 2000 individuals each year.

Applications for Chevening Scholarships must be submitted online at and close in November.