Gifted Study Award

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

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  • Teachers and Kaiako


Before applying for the Gifted Study Award, ensure that you meet the associated criteria and are aware of the application process. 

Key information

You must apply for the admission to Massey University's Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching: Gifted(external link) once you have submitted your study award application.

The closing date for admission with Massey University is 10 December 2021.

You can apply for the study award online(external link).

Before submitting your application please read each section of this page carefully.

The information we provide on this page is an indication only. The letter of offer (should your application be successful) will have all the details.

What the award provides

The study award pays:

  • you a contribution towards your travel and accommodation for your study
  • Massey University the full amount for your domestic tuition fees
  • your employer a contribution towards hiring a relief teacher to cover your study leave.

Important dates in applying for the award

Action Date
Applications close 30 September 2021
Applicants and employers notified by 22 November 2021

Who is eligible for this study award

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Show that your employer supports your application
  4. Have worked for at least 3 years working with children who are gifted
  5. Have a bachelor's degree
  6. Be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand permanent residency.

You are not entitled to this award if you:

  • 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:

  • you are still eligible for a study award. However, the number of study leave days you receive will be less - this is based on your full-time equivalent status (FTE).

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.
  • have responsibility for supporting Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako in the planning, teaching and learning that includes a diverse student group, including students who are gifted. This role could be a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako wide lead teacher gifted, SENCo role or leadership around inclusion.

What to include in your application

Your application must include:

We will also consider:

  • your academic ability
  • support from your employer to undertake the study
  • your ability to manage work and study demands, including the practicum course in your second year of study.
  • any special circumstances 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.

The postgraduate diploma in Specialist Teaching: Gifted

This study award supports Massey University's Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching (Gifted)(external link).

The details of the programme is to be confirmed.

For more information about the diploma

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

Roseanne MacGillivray
Postgraduate Administrator
06 356 9099 Extn 83072

Your responsibilities for meeting the award conditions

You will receive our support to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching for two years:

You will receiveHowNot included
Domestic tuition fees In April, we pay your tuition fees directly to your university.

You are responsible for paying non-tuition fees. Please pay directly to the university.
Non-tuition fees such as student levies, building fees, administration fees and any other add-on university charges.
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.
Contribution payment towards study leave

Note: 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.

Failure, withdrawal, breaks in study and changes to employment

If youThen
Decide not to start the course after you have enrolled withdraw as soon as possible. You will need to repay the Ministry any tuition fees paid on your behalf. We will send you an invoice for the amount.

Your study award will not be deferred for a year. You must make a new application the following year if you want to study again.

The university stipulates a ‘withdrawal date’, which is the final date that you can withdraw by without having to repay tuition fees. Find out from the university what the cut-off date is.
Withdraw from study part way through the qualification You will need to pay back all tuition fees that we have paid for your study.
Need to take a break from study due to unforeseen circumstances You will need to talk to us. You can ask for a study break of a maximum of one year.
Resign, are made redundant, your position is terminated or you decide to change jobs part way through your study. Contact us as we may give you time to continue studying while you find appropriate new employment.

If you do not find appropriate employment in a suitable time, your study award will stop and you will be asked to pay back all tuition fees that we have paid for your study.
Fail a paper You will need to retake that paper at you own expense.
Want to study one paper a year You are expected to study two papers per year. In exceptional circumstances, you may be allowed to study one paper.

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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