Scholarships, Grants & Funds

The Mind Lab offers a range of full fees scholarships to assist Māori, Pacific and over 60s learners with their study and the Impact Scholarship which covers 50% of fees. Find out more about our scholarships and how easy it is to apply for them! 

There are also other hardships funds and external opportunities that may be helpful for your learning journey.

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The Mind Lab Scholarships

Tangata Whenua Scholarship
We have $300,000 worth of full fees scholarships available for learners who identify as Māori.
Pacific Ako Scholarship
We have $200,000 worth of full fees scholarships available for those who identify as Pacific learners.
Taipakeke Scholarship
We have $50,000 worth of full fees scholarships available for learners who are aged 60 years and over.

More about our full fees scholarships

What they cover

Each of our scholarships covers 100% of the fees for one of our postgraduate programmes or micro-credentials and will be given on a first in first served basis to those who meet the criteria.

These scholarships can be used for any one of the following programmes in 2022:

The Mind Lab scholarship funds for 2022:

Scholarship allocations as of 26th May 2022.

We will be distributing scholarships to all those eligible, across all programmes, until the limit of the scholarship funds are met. So it pays to get in early!

There are also scholarship opportunities for these same three categories across these programmes delivered by Tech Futures Lab in 2022:

Applying for a scholarship

You can apply for these scholarships 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.

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

Click here to apply for one of our programmes.


We know the word ‘scholarship’ can imply complicated processes, lengthy application essays, digging up academic results and many other barriers. However, at The Mind Lab, our scholarships are there to make learning as accessible as possible. They’re based entirely on eligibility, so all you have to do is check a box during enrolment if you are eligible for one of the categories, and your application is complete.

No essays or lengthy application processes to be seen!

The Mind Lab Impact Scholarship

Impact Scholarship
We have $50,000 available for learners who are positively impacting people, society or planet. Scholarship covers 50% of fees.

More about our Impact Scholarship

This scholarship covers 50% of the fees for any postgraduate programme or micro-credential (listed below) chosen by applicants who can demonstrate that they are supporting meaningful contributions resulting in outcomes that benefit people, causes and/or the environment in a significant and impactful way.

The scholarship prioritises work or projects that are in progress rather than intended, and those that can demonstrate current or imminent impact that could be extended or enhanced through study.

This scholarships can be used for any one of the following programmes in 2022:

There is also an equivalent scholarship available for Tech Futures Lab programmes in 2022.

The Mind Lab Impact Scholarship fund for 2022:

Scholarship allocations as of 26th May 2022.


To be eligible for the Impact Scholarship you must be able to demonstrate that you meet at least one of the Impact Scholarship Criteria (click here to view). Only available for domestic Aotearoa/NZ students. The Impact Scholarship is available for all new enrolments made in 2022 to the above listed postgraduate programmes. This scholarship cannot be applied in retrospect to completed enrolments for 2022 programmes. Eligibility will be awarded at the discretion of the scholarship panel.

Applying for a scholarship

You can apply for this scholarship as part of your enrolment for one of our programmes. In your application you should discuss 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.

Key features of the Impact Scholarship selection process:

  • Consistent: Scholarships awarded will be measured by the same consistent criteria each year across all applicants. NB: Eligibility criteria may however change each year and all changes will be communicated on The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab websites.
  • Tangible: The criteria and examples are designed to provide a guide to give a sense of how the selection team evaluates applicants, however this list is not exhaustive. Activity not captured in the table will be considered on merit.
  • Fair: The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab evaluation team are committed to fairness and equity to balance between different types of outcomes, outputs, and inputs and across time.

Terms & Conditions

  • 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, 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 of The Mind Lab or Tech Futures Lab scholarships for a single programme.
  • You cannot receive more than one of The Mind Lab or Tech Futures Lab scholarships within a calendar year (e.g. if you have received a scholarship in 2022 you cannot receive another scholarship in 2022).
  • The early-bird offer may not be used in conjunction with The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab Scholarships.
  • 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 for to apply for The Mind Lab Scholarships or receive fee discounts.
  • The Impact Scholarship is available for all new enrolments made in 2022 to the eligible postgraduate programmes.

View our full terms & conditions here.


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!

Hardship fund

This fund from the Ministry of Education is intended to support those who have been most impacted by Covid-19 to help keep you in study. Support is available to those who are currently enrolled in study.

To help us understand your situation, please use the form below to discuss how Covid-19 has impacted you.

Hardship could include any change of circumstance such as:

  • Loss of income or any financial stress;
  • Changes in relationship status;
  • Changes in providing care for children or whānau;
  • Changes in accommodation;
  • Changes in reliable transport situation, e.g. car has broken down and currently borrowing mother-in-law’s car;
  • Changes in health.

Please note that we may require evidence supporting your situation. To make an application fill out the Hardship Fund Application Form.

Digital Boost Alliance

As part of the Digital Boost Alliance, we have 250 full scholarships available for Digital Boost Users for our Digital Skills for the Workplace programme (usually $295 incl GST).
Visit this webpage to learn more.

TeachNZ study awards, sabbaticals and study support grants

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.

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.