Undergraduate scholarships and awards

Find out how the Faculty of Education and Social Work can financially support your study journey.

Start-smart Scholarships

University of Auckland Scholarships and Awards

New Undergraduate Scholarships for 2017

With four brand-new scholarships, the University of Auckland will be supporting more students than ever before to embark on their undergraduate studies in 2017.

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If you are a new student enrolling at The University of Auckland, you may be eligible for a scholarship—regardless of your background or where you live.

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Entry-level and first-year scholarships

Start Smart Scholarships 

Closing date: 31 January and 15 October  

Start-up your study at the University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work with a Start Smart Scholarship aimed at assisting first year students with the start-up costs for the first year of study.

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William and Betty Bell Scholarship

Closing date: 31 January  

This scholarship is awarded annually and available for students who have applied to the University of Auckland and are entering their first year of an undergraduate teacher education programe in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and are entering directly from school or from a University of Auckland foundation programme.  Preference may be given to a student who is the first person in their immediate family to be entering university.

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Sue Caswell Scholarship 

Closing date: 31 March  

The main purpose of the Scholarship is to support a female student, returning to study from work or parenthood who aspires to a career in teaching. 

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Second-year onward scholarships

Summer Research Scholarships 

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers research scholarships during the summer period of each year. We welcome applications from all eligible students. We particularly encourage applications from Māori and Pacific students, students from other universities in New Zealand and international students.

The purpose of Summer Research Scholarships is to give university students, normally in their final or penultimate undergraduate year, experience in research, to encourage them to pursue postgraduate study. Students are expected to conduct a research project of approximately 10 weeks duration (400 hours) under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Applications for 2017 Summer Research Scholarships have closed and details of upcoming scholarships will be listed when available.

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Te Karahipi Whakamaumaharatanga ki a Sonny rāua ko Mona Riini (The Sony and Mona Riini Memorial Scholarship)

Closing date: 1 August  

The Sonny and Mona Riini Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 in recognition of the significant contribution made by Sonny and Mona to the faculty, in particular their support as whakaruruhau of the Huarahi Māori Specialisation of the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) programme.

Available to second year Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Huarahi Maori students up to three scholarships to the value of up to $4500 may be awarded each year. The scholarships are awarded for academic merit, manaakitanga, personal attributes and the completion of practicum to a high standard.

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Dullabh Education Scholarships

Closing date: 28 February

The main purpose of the Scholarships is to provide assistance to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary specialisation, Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) or a Masters degree in the field of Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work who, because of financial hardship, may not otherwise be able to undertake a university degree.

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TeachNZ Scholarships 2017

The aim of the scholarships is to provide funding to students studying in areas where there are teaching shortages. This can vary year-by-year and data is reviewed each year to determine the gaps. This year, the shortages are in Māori-medium and te reo Māori teaching, early childhood teaching for those with skills in te reo Māori or Pacific languages and in science, technology and maths teaching. For more information on these scholarships visit the TeachNZ scholarships page here.


Science, Technology and Mathematics scholarships

Closing date: 25 September

If you're a graduate, and you want to train to become a secondary teacher in the sciences, technology or maths, this is a scholarship opportunity that could lead to a new, exciting and challenging STM career.

STM scholarship details.


Career changer scholarships - te reo Māori a subject and Māori medium teaching

Closing date: 2 October

TeachNZ scholarships are subject to change each year. The following career changer scholarships are being offered this year.

Career Changer (Primary)

Māori Medium – for people wanting to teach in te reo Māori at primary school level.

Career Changer (Secondary)

  • Tipu Whakarito Te Reo Māori - for people wanting to teach te reo Māori as a subject in secondary schools.
  • Te Waka Whakarei - for people wanting to teach a secondary subject in te reo Māori in Wharekura.

Career changer scholarships - te reo Māori a subject and Māori medium teaching details.