Educational Psychology Internship Scholarship

Learn about this scholarship, which is designed to support people to study either Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Educational and Developmental Psychology, or Victoria University of Wellington’s Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology Practice.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Students
  • Teachers and Kaiako
  • Tertiary Education Organisations

Applicants for the Educational Psychology Internship Scholarship must meet the associated criteria and use the annual application process. No application is guaranteed acceptance, and the Ministry may decide not to award any scholarships, or to withdraw the Scholarship programme, at any time.

Key information

You must be enrolled in one of the below diplomas to be eligible for this scholarship:

Applications are now closed.

An Educational Psychology Internship Scholarship with the Ministry of Education provides a great opportunity to access a rich variety of cases that are necessary to meet your course requirements, and supervised opportunities to interact with schools, parents and children.

To learn about potential future careers in educational psychology with the Ministry, watch this video series

The scholarship provides the internship placement and supervision required by the two post-graduate courses, and optional financial support for students who are awarded (and who remain eligible for) it.

Educational psychology video series(external link)

Video: What is educational psychology?

Other Psychology Scholarships

The Ministry also offers a number of scholarships in Child and Family Psychology.

Child and Family Psychology Internship Scholarship

Does this sound interesting? For more information you can find the frequently asked questions, please look in the FAQs for Learning Support Study Awards and Scholarships

*You are not eligible to receive financial support through the scholarship if you are currently employed by the Ministry of Education.

What the scholarship provides

This scholarship supports

To receive your payment we will check with your University and your placement supervisor to ensure you are progressing well in your course.

For more information about the course:

If you have any questions regarding the diploma, please contact:

Massey University

Ros Pullen
Senior Professional Clinician - Educational Psychology

Victoria University of Wellington

Kelly D. Carrasco
Programme Director, Lecturer - Educational Psychology
+64 4 463 9636

This scholarship currently provides:

  • $32,400 for the internship year in 2022. This amount is paid to you in three instalments.
    (Note: We will check with your University and your placement supervisor to ensure you are progressing well in your course before you receive your payment).
  • a placement and supervision for psychology students during their internship year.

Placements will be spread across regions and you may be offered a placement in an area which isn’t your preferred location. While successful completion of the internship programme can lead to a future role as a psychologist, successful applications for a scholarship does not indicate or guarantee later employment with the Ministry. Students should not expect any offer of employment to be made.

Important dates

Action Dates
Applications close 30 September 2022
Applicants notified end of November 2022

Who is eligible for this scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be accepted into either: the Massey University Postgraduate Diploma or the Victoria University of Wellington Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology Practice
  • intend to work as a psychologist in New Zealand
  • be a New Zealand citizen or have rights to reside and work in New Zealand indefinitely or permanently
  • hold a current New Zealand driver's licence (Full)
  • not be repeating a failed course
  • not be employed by the Ministry of Education or RTLB
  • not be receiving other scholarships or study awards from the Ministry of Education.

We will give priority to applicants who:

  • demonstrate proficiency in Te Reo Māori, a Pacific language or NZ Sign Language 
  • have experience working with a diverse range of children with additional learning needs.

What to include in your application

Your application must include:

A cover letter outlining the following factors:

  1. your reason for applying
  2. your level of financial hardship
  3. academic ability
  4. your preferred placement locations and your willingness to relocate.

 The decision to grant or not grant a scholarship is final.

Your responsibilities

If you are granted this scholarship, you must meet certain conditions. The specific terms and conditions will be listed in your letter of offer. In brief, you must:

  • enrol in your courses at the university
  • plan your study and workload for the year
  • pass your course papers
  • email us at if any of the information you provided in your application changes – this includes your employment status and contact details, if you fail any papers and if you change your proposed study.

Failure, withdrawal and breaks in study

If you... then...
Fail a paper You will need to re-take that paper at your own expense.
Withdraw from study part way through the qualification You will need to pay back all academic fees that we have paid for your study.
Need to take a break from study due to unforeseen circumstances Email us at and your university. You can ask for a study break of a maximum of one year.

You will agree to forfeit any future right to the internship if you do not take up your study again within the agreed period. In this case, you will also need to pay back all academic fees that we have paid.

Required disclosures


Your application must disclose any convictions you have had unless they are covered by the Criminal Records (Clean Slate Act) 2004. This is required to ensure that you would not be prevented from gaining future employment with the Ministry of Education.

You must declare all of your convictions if you have:

  • been convicted of an offence within the last 7 years; or
  • been sentenced to a custodial sentence (eg, imprisonment, corrective training, borstal); or
  • been ordered by a court during a criminal case to be detained in a hospital due to your mental condition, instead of being sentenced; or
  • been convicted of a ‘special offence’ (eg, sexual offending against children, young people or those mentally impaired); or
  • not paid in full any fine reparation or costs ordered by the court in a criminal case; or
  • been indefinitely disqualified from driving under section 65 of the Land Transport Act 1998 or earlier equivalent provision.

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