NZEI Te Riu Roa Scholarships 2019

Applications for NZEI Te Riu Roa scholarships to be taken up in 2019 are now open. There are five scholarships of $5000 available - two for early childhood members and three for support staff members. 

The scholarships are set up to enhance your skills and knowledge within your workplace and in education generally, as well as to advance NZEI’s campaigns through the support staff and early childhood professional and industrial strategies.

Who is eligible?

You must be a member of NZEI Te Riu Roa and:

  • a teacher employed in an early childhood centre or
  • a support staff worker employed by an early childhood service or
  • a support staff worker employed by a primary, area or secondary school.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed on how well your project meets the purpose of the scholarship by showing clearly how it:

  • develops and strengthens your ability to contribute to your sector
  • aligns with NZEI's strategic focus and priority projects
  • links to the goals and priorities of early childhood education or support staff campaigns
  • benefits the sector as a whole.

Your application will also be judged on:

  • how the findings of your project, and the experience it has provided, will be shared with colleagues and the general membership.
  • whether the project has the potential to foster and/or contribute to greater understanding of current education sector issues e.g. improving quality, fairness at work.
  • its potential to encourage, or add to, understanding of New Zealand's cultural identity.

If you are a successful applicant you will be required to:

  • provide a milestone report of your progress in June 2019 and
  • submit a final report to NZEI Te Riu Roa in December 2019.

How the application process works

Note: If you've applied for a scholarship before, please note that the process to apply has changed and you no longer need to complete a separate expression of interest. Please read the following instructions carefully.

Your application must describe your project, and what you hope to achieve, in detail. It will demonstrate how the selection criteria will be met and will provide a summary of how the $5000 scholarship money would be used if you were selected as a recipient.

If you need help with your application you could seek initial support from a colleague in your workplace, network, branch or aronui tomua - someone who is willing to check you have met the application requirements including how your project links to the scholarship criteria.

If you have difficulty accessing this support we may be able to help. Contact

Following a decision by the selection panel you will be notified of the outcome of your application in early September.

The names of scholarship recipients will be made public at the 2018 NZEI Te Riu Roa Annual Conference. The recipients will receive the scholarship money in October and presentations of the Scholarship Certificate will take place at a meeting of their Area Council/Branch/Aronui Tomua in Term 4 2018.

In 2019 recipients will begin and complete their projects.

The Application Form must be completed electronically. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

Email your completed application to by 5:00pm Friday 4 May 2018.

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Scholarship timeline

Friday 4 May 2018 5.00pm:
Closing date for applications.

Early September 2018:
Successful and unsuccessful applicants advised.

October 2018:
Scholarship recipients announced at NZEI Te Riu Roa Annual Conference.

October 2018:
Scholarship money deposited in recipients’ bank accounts.

Late 2018
Recipients presented with Scholarship Certificates by their Area Council/Branch/Aronui Tomua.

January 2019:
Recipients begin their projects.

June 2019:
Milestone Report due.

December 2019:
Recipients complete their projects. Final Report due.