Gifted Study Award

Learn about this award, which supports people to study Massey University's Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching: Gifted.

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  • Teachers and kaiako


Applicants for the Gifted Study Award must meet the associated criteria and use the annual application process.

Key information

Applications for this study award open on 1 August, and close 13 September each year. Applicants are notified by 25 November.

You must apply for Massey University's Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching: Gifted at the same time you submit your study award application.

Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching: Gifted – Massey University(external link)

The closing date for admission with Massey University is around 9 December each year.

Does this sound interesting? For more information you can find the frequently asked questions for Learning Support Study Awards and Scholarships.

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What the award covers

If you have any questions regarding the diploma, contact Massey University's Postgraduate Administrator by:


Phone: 06 356 9099 Extn 83072

The study award covers:

  • a contribution towards your travel and accommodation to attend block courses
  • the full amount for your domestic tuition fees (paid to Massey University)
  • an employer contribution to cover teacher release time for up to 50 study leave days per year.

Who is eligible

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • be employed in one of the following roles:
    • as a registered teacher with a current practicing certificate who has experience with children and young people who are gifted (eg classroom teacher, lead teacher gifted, SENCO, outreach service teacher, or special school teacher)
    • as an early childhood teacher with a current practicing certificate at a registered early childhood service
  • hold a relevant professional qualification such as a Bachelor of Education or an equivalent qualification. This means an overseas qualification assessed as being equivalent to a relevant New Zealand qualification by the New Zealand Psychologists Board or the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. If you are unsure about whether you have an equivalent qualification, contact Massey University
  • have the approval of and support from your employer to take up the study
  • have worked for at least 3 years working with children who are gifted
  • be a New Zealand citizen or have rights to reside and work in New Zealand indefinitely or permanently.

You are not entitled to this award if you:

  • are employed in a relieving position
  • are not accepted into the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching: Gifted Education
  • have already received a study award and failed the course.

If you're employed part-time your study leave days will be based on (pro-rata) your full-time equivalent status.

We will give priority to applicants who have responsibility for planning, teaching and learning in schools that include a diverse student group, including students who require additional support. These roles may include lead teacher gifted education, SENCo, Head of Department in the area of learning support or inclusions, or supporting a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

What to include in your application

Your application must include:

Assessment panels can only consider the content of your application and support letters. Please include details of your ability to succeed in the course of study and any other circumstances that you feel are important for us to consider. Our decision to grant or not grant an award is final, and we will not enter into any discussion about it.

Your responsibilities

If you are granted this study award, 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 university
  • understand the offer of study award is valid for 2 years. If you need to defer, email
  • plan your study and workload for the year (we recommend that you do this with your employer)
  • arrange appropriate study leave with your employee
  • email if your situation changes – this includes your employment status, contact details and any changes to your proposed study.

Support to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching for 2 years

Domestic tuition fees

In April, we pay your tuition fees directly to your university. You are responsible for paying non-tuition fees. Pay directly to the university.

Non-tuition fees such as student levies, building fees, administration fees and any other add-on university charges are not included.

Travel and accommodation contribution

We will pay this directly into your bank account. The exact amount and date will be written in your letter of offer if your application is successful. Travel costs above the level of the travel and accommodation are not included.

Contribution payment towards study leave

If you work or study less, the payment will be proportional to your employment FTE and/or the number of papers you are studying.

We pay this to your employer. Details will be included in your letter of offer if you are successful. We will also notify your employer a letter detailing how many days you will receive, the contribution amount and date of payment.

Any study leave taken over the amount you have been told you can use in your letter of offer are not included.

Failure, withdrawal, breaks in study and changes to employment

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