Honours degree scholarships with a primary school science and mathematics teaching focus

Woolf Fisher Trust Honours Scholarships

Value: Approx. $12,500 each. Includes funding of compulsory fees for full-time study of a specialist Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours) programme and a $5,000 allowance.

Focus: Mathematics and Science teaching in New Zealand primary schools.

Thanks to the generosity of the Woolf Fisher Trust, the University of Auckland is offering Woolf Fisher Trust Honours Scholarships for recent graduates of primary teacher education programmes and early career primary school teachers who wish to learn more about teaching Mathematics and Science in NZ primary schools.

The scholarships will be awarded based on grades in mathematics and science courses in a teacher education programme and on successful practicum or teaching experience. 

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You are eligible to apply for this honours programme and scholarship if you hold a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) degree with a Primary or Huarahi Māori specialisation from this University or an equivalent qualification in primary teacher education.

Applicants must meet, or be on track to meet, the required GPA for entry to the honours programme; have achieved a GPA of 7 or higher across the mathematics and science courses in their Bachelor of Education (Teaching) or equivalent degree; and provide evidence of exemplary performance on practicum and/or as a teacher.


About the honours programme

This honours programme and generous scholarships aim to increase the number of teachers with expertise in mathematics and science teaching in New Zealand schools. Research shows the importance of teacher knowledge and passion in stimulating and engaging students in Science and Mathematics during their important primary school years.

This is a year of postgraduate study that will give you an edge in leading improvements in mathematics and science teaching and opens up leadership prospects and wider employment options. Your honours-level qualification can also qualify you for a higher starting salary level than teachers with a bachelors degree qualification.

You will study as part of a well-supported cohort. As well as leading Faculty academics, you will also be taught by a Woolf Fisher Master Teacher. This expert science and mathematics teacher has been seconded from a school to help make the links between your practice and what you are learning.

Throughout the programme you will enjoy close relationships with schools to ensure you retain currency with practice in primary school settings, with four half days placement each week in schools with mathematics and science expert teachers.

The programme of study includes:

  • One 30-point course in mathematics
  • One 30-point course in science
  • One 30-point course on practitioner inquiry

One 30-point dissertation on an aspect of mathematics and science education in New Zealand primary schools (selected from a list of topics)


How to apply for the scholarship

For further information and to apply visit here.


Round Two application closing date: 29 September 2017


Note: Honours students may also be eligible for a student allowance. This is a full-time programme, but courses are timetabled outside of school hours to allow students to take some paid employment (such as relieving) if desired. Days in schools as part of the programme are negotiated with schools.