Scholarships, Grants & Funds

The Mind Lab offers a range of fees scholarships to assist students with their study. Find out more about the scholarships that are available for you, and how to apply for them.

In addition to the scholarships listed 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 a number of full fees scholarships available for learners who identify as Māori.
Pacific Ako Scholarship
We have a number of full fees scholarships available for those who identify as Pacific learners.
Taipakeke Scholarship
We have a number of full fees scholarships available for learners who are aged 60 years and over.

Accessing our scholarships

Each of these 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 the following programmes:

How do I apply?

You can apply for this 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

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!
  • For each of these three categories there are a number of scholarships available per category in 2022.
  • 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 scholarships for a single programme.
  • 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.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Scholarship

We have a scholarship specifically for Māori students who are a registered member of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and would like to study towards their postgraduate certificate in Leading Change for Good.

You can apply for one of these scholarships once you have completed your enrolment for Leading Change for Good. Just get in touch with us via once you have enrolled.


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.

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.