TESSOL further study awards

Teachers in state and state-integrated schools and Early learning services can apply for a TESSOL (Teaching English in Schools for Speakers of Other Languages) award to study at a graduate or postgraduate level. Applications close on Friday 15 May, 2020.


You can apply if you:

  • hold a permanent position in a New Zealand state, or state-integrated school or ECE  - mainstream teachers, ESOL specialists and senior management are all welcome to apply
  • have previously been awarded a Ministry of Education TESSOL scholarship and have successfully completed the funded courses or have completed the equivalent courses through self-funded study.
  • are intending to undertake further TESSOL study at one of these institutions - University of Auckland, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University or University of Canterbury. 

If you are considering study at another institution contact info.esol@education.govt.nz These awards don’t cover CELTA or other privately run TESOL courses.

What the award covers

The study award will contribute to the tuition fees for up to 30 credits - to a maximum of $2000.

It will contribute towards courses undertaken between July 2020 and June 2021.

The award doesn’t cover student levy, enrolment or textbook fees.

If successful, a payment will be made to the recipient’s school or ECE. If there are additional costs it will be up to the recipient to cover these.

Note: these study awards may not be available on an annual basis. Successful applicants cannot defer their study award.

How to apply

Applications close on Friday 15 May, 2020.

Before applying for a study award, applicants need to check that their chosen course of study is available and that they meet the course enrolment requirements. 

Complete and sign the application form [DOCX, 44 KB]

Send your completed form to info.esol@education.govt.nz or post to: Migrant, Refugee, International Education Private Bag 92644, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150. 

Successful applicants will be advised by Friday 5 June, 2020.

Recipient responsibilities

The recipient will be responsible for:

  • enrolling in the course/s and beginning the proposed study within 12 months of the award being granted
  • arranging payment (or reimbursement) of the course tuition fees from their school or ECE
  • providing a one page report on the impact of the study on the school/ECE and classroom practices to the Migrant, Refugee and International Education Team at the completion of each course (we will provide a template for this report)
  • notifying the Migrant, Refugee and International Education Team of any changes in employment as this may affect eligibility

Further information

Email info.esol@education.govt.nz

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