New Zealand Sign Language Tutor Scholarship

Learn about this scholarship, which is designed to support people to study Victoria University of Wellington’s Certificate in Deaf Studies – Teaching New Zealand Sign Language.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Teachers and Kaiako
  • Students
  • Parents, Caregivers and Whānau
  • Tertiary Education Organisations

Before applying for the New Zealand Sign Language Tutor Scholarship, ensure that you meet the associated criteria and are aware of the application process. 

Key information

You must be enrolled in Victoria University of Wellington’s Certificate in Deaf Studies – Teaching New Zealand Sign Language(external link) to be eligible for this study award.

Applications for the NZSL Tutor Scholarship are now closed.

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 that we will send you if your application is accepted will provide fuller details.

What the scholarship provides

The scholarship will:

  • pay you $3,000 every year over the 2 years of study, paid in 2 instalments of $1,500 (the total amount granted is $6,000).

Important dates in applying for the scholarship

Action Dates
Applications close 30 October 2021
Applicants notified 30 November 2021

Who is eligible for this scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand permanent residency
  • be accepted into the Victoria University of Wellington Certificate in Deaf Studies – Teaching New Zealand Sign Language
  • be enrolled in the full programme of study (studying 3 courses a year for 2 years)
  • be fluent in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)
  • not be repeating a failed course.

We will give priority to applicants who:

  • are deaf and hard of hearing
  • live in areas where more NZSL tutors are needed
  • are Māori or Pasifika.

Our decision to grant or not grant a scholarship is final, and we will not enter into any discussion about it.

What to include in your application

Your application must include:

  • application questionnaire [DOCX, 156 KB]
  • your resume
  • a cover letter outlining particular factors below (not mandatory):
    • explain why you are interested to study in the Certificate in Deaf Studies.
    • what are your hopes and goals for teaching NZSL in the future?
    • where and what level of school you finished, and have you achieved any qualifications or skills through other study or training?
  • any other letters of support (not mandatory)
  • if you would like to submit an online link to the video in NZSL please send it to (not mandatory).

We will consider these factors when we assess your application:

  • your experience teaching NZSL 
  • your commitment to teaching NZSL in the future 
  • your education history.

The certificate course the scholarship supports

This scholarship supports:

The course will take place part time over two years.

For more information about the course

Victoria University of Wellington

Sara Pivac Alexander

Your responsibilities for meeting the scholarship conditions

If you are granted this internship and 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 You will need to contact us at and the university. You may ask for a study break of a maximum of one year.

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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