Postgraduate Scholarships, Grants & Funds

The Mind Lab offers a range of karahipi or scholarships that cover 75% of tuition fees on our postgraduate programmes. Our mission is to support as many people as possible to gain the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need to ‘Create Impactful Futures’.

Find out more below about our scholarships and how easy it is to apply for them. You’ll also find funding options that can help cover the remaining 25% of fees. Plus there’s other external opportunities that may be helpful.

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2023 Scholarships

Tangata Whenua
For learners who identify as Māori
Pacific Ako
For learners who identify as having Pacific Island heritage
For learners aged 60 years and over
For learners working to make positive impact and change

Scholarship fund tracker


Current as of 23rd November

Accessing our Scholarships

How it works:

In 2023 we have a Total Scholarship Fund available across The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab. The fund can be used to cover 75% of tuition fees on any of the postgraduate programmes that The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab deliver. The funds can be allocated across any of the four scholarship types: Tangata Whenua, Pacific Ako, Taipakeke or Impact Scholarship.

Scholarships are only available until the Fund limit is met, so it pays to get in early and complete your application as soon as you can.

As an example, you might not be able to join an intake until July 2023, but as long as you complete your enrolment application early and the limit of the scholarship fund has not yet been met, you can apply to receive a 75% fees scholarship for that July programme intake.

How to apply:

You can apply for a scholarship as part of your enrolment process, all you need to do is select the scholarship you are eligible for when it appears as part of your enrolment. Please make sure you read the Things You Need To Know section below.

We’ll be in touch to let you know the outcome of your application within 5 days of submitting your application. You will then have 2 weeks to complete your programme enrolment to secure your scholarship funding.

Applying for the Impact Scholarship

In your application you’ll need to complete this form outlining the meaningful contributions you are making and could continue to make with the support of study with us, aligning this to at least one of the Impact Scholarship Criteria. Your application could be in a short video (5-10 min) with the link provided to us, or through a written submission, which you can upload or link to as part of your application. If you have any trouble with the online application, you can contact or email them your documents/video link.


Studylink may be able to help pay for your study through allowances and loans, they assist in the following ways:

  • Compulsory course fees
  • Course-related costs (eg, books, laptop, etc)
  • Day-to-day living costs
  • Other costs (eg disability or childcare).

How much you can get depends on your age, income, previous study history and course type.

Learn more about how Studylink works by visiting their website.

Fees Free

Fees Free is targeted at first-time learners. You may be able to get one year’s study or two years’ training fees-free. Check if you are eligible by entering your National Student Number (NSN) on the Fees Free website. It takes less than a minute!

Digital Boost Alliance

As part of the Digital Boost Alliance, we have 200 full scholarships available for Digital Boost Users for Level 8 micro-credentials offered by The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab. Visit this webpage to learn more.

Postgraduate scholarships for teachers and educators

If you’re a teacher or principal, TeachNZ offers a range of study awards, sabbaticals and study support grants to support you to study on programmes like our Master of Contemporary Education.

  • Study awards are available so teachers and principals can complete part-time or full-time study in an educational priority area.
  • Sabbaticals are available 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.
  • Study support grants are available to secondary and area school teachers so they can 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.

Visit the TeachNZ website for more information on application dates and eligibility.

We’re happy to help

Keep an eye out for our ‘Funding Your Masters’ events on our events page where we get together online and offer advice, tips & tricks to assist you with your applications.

Things you need to know

  • There are specific terms and conditions you will need to agree to when applying for a programme with The Mind Lab or Tech Futures Lab. These are available in the application process and also here.

Terms and conditions specific to 2023 Scholarships

  • These scholarship funds are shared between The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab postgraduate programmes. Amounts advertised of available funds are therefore amounts available between The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab.
  • Before applying for a scholarship please check if you are eligible for Fees Free (this check takes less than a minute with your NSN number). If you are eligible there’s no need to apply for a scholarship.
  • Scholarship applications are open only to those who are not currently receiving other financial support towards their fees.
  • You cannot receive more than one scholarship from The Mind Lab or Tech Futures Lab for a single programme.
  • You cannot receive more than one scholarship from The Mind Lab or Tech Futures Lab within a 12 month period (e.g. if you have received a scholarship from The Mind Lab for a programme that starts in June 2023 you cannot receive another scholarship for a programme that starts in the period June 2023 – May 2024 with either The Mind Lab or Tech Futures Lab).
  • The early-bird offer may not be used in conjunction with The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab Scholarships.
  • These scholarships are available for study on programme intakes that begin after 01 January 2023. 
  • Once you have applied for the scholarship 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.
  • By accepting this scholarship, you are indicating that you will, to the best of your ability, attend all required sessions for the programme you are enrolled in (both online and face-to-face). Where attendance requirements are not met and your enrolment in the programme is impacted, your scholarship may also be affected.
  • International Students are not eligible to apply for The Mind Lab Scholarships or receive fee discounts.

Looking for further assistance funding your study?

Our friendly team has a wealth of knowledge about all of the funding options available, as well as tips and tricks for applying for study grants and scholarships.

Please get in touch and we’ll provide all and any options that you may be eligible for.