Master of Contemporary Education Scholarships & Funding

We have six scholarships available over three categories for the Master of Contemporary Education.

Learn about the available scholarships and applying for them, as well as the range of other funding options for your Masters.

The Mind Lab Scholarships

Tangata Whenua Scholarship
for educators who identify as Māori
Pacific Ako Scholarship
for those who identify as Pacific learners
Taipakeke Scholarship
for educators who are aged 60 years and over

The Mind Lab scholarship eligibility & applications

A limited number of scholarships are available for the Master of Contemporary Education.

Tangata Whenua Scholarship, Pacific Ako Scholarship, Taipakeke Scholarship

  • For these three categories there are two scholarships available per category in 2021.
  • These scholarships cover 50% of the full tuition fee for Parts 2 and 3 of the programme.
  • You must be fully enrolled in order for your scholarship application to be considered.
  • Scholarship applications are open only to those who are not currently receiving other financial support towards their fees.
  • These scholarships cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarships offered by The Mind Lab.
  • You will be asked to provide some personal information to identify yourself as part of your application process. This information differs depending on which scholarship you are applying for.
  • We will also ask all applicants to attach some evidence to their application to indicate how the scholarship and programme will benefit their education context.

Key dates

  • Scholarship applications for the January 2022 intake are open now.
  • Scholarship applications for the July 2022 intake are opening soon.

The Mind Lab earlybird discount

We offer an Earlybird Discount for Part 2 and Part 3 of the Masters programme.

If you complete your application more than 4 weeks before the start date, you will receive a 10% earlybird discount. This means your fees will be $3,325.50 +GST for each Part, or $6,651 +GST total (excluding Part 1: DCL).

Please note, this discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other scholarships offered by the Mind Lab.

TeachNZ study awards, sabbaticals and study support grants

If you’re a teacher or principal, TeachNZ support you to inquire, investigate or study.

TeachNZ provide study awards so teachers and principals can complete part-time or full-time study in an educational priority area, improve their proficiency in te reo Māori me ōna tikanga and develop their skills as a bilingual or immersion teacher, complete a relevant Guidance Counsellor qualification, or take paid leave to train as a Reading Recovery Tutor.

They provide sabbaticals so teachers and principals have an opportunity to spend three, five or ten weeks completing a professional learning activity, as well as a chance for reflection and rejuvenation.

Their study support grants allow secondary and area school teachers to undertake study and/or research while continuing to teach. Each grant supports approximately four hours a week and a contribution of $500 towards course fees.

Learn more here, or look out for our Funding Your Masters events.


Master of Contemporary Education students can apply for StudyLink.

The StudyLink application must be applied for one year at a time for part-time students.

StudyLink applicants must only apply for an enrolment period of fewer than 52 weeks within one calendar year.

Other support options

There are a range of places to obtain funding, or assistance with funding, for your Masters. View some of the options here.

We’ve also created this handy template to assist in asking for funding, ask Lisa for the template file to use.

Apply for a scholarship