Scholarships, grants and funds

Tech Futures Lab provides a range of scholarship options to selected candidates. There are also finance options available through the NZ Government to assist with tuition fees. Below you can find out more about all of these and how to apply.

Tech Futures Lab Scholarships, Grants and Funds

Education should be accessible to anyone who chooses to put themselves forward to learn. A karahipi (scholarship) can be that one key needed to unlock opportunity for someone to shine.

We offer full fees scholarships for those who identify as Māori or Pacific Island learners and for anyone aged over 60 years. We also offer an Impact scholarship of 50% off fees for anyone who is working to make significant impact for people, society or the environment. It’s all part of our commitment to build equitable, impactful futures that are rich in diversity and serve all New Zealanders.

Before you apply for a scholarship, we recommend you check whether you’re entitled to the NZ Government’s Fees Free scheme.

There is also a hardship fund available through the government that may be helpful if you experience an unexpected need for financial support during your learning journey.

Tech Futures Lab Scholarships

Tangata Whenua Scholarship
We have $100,000 worth of full fees scholarships available to learners who identify as Māori (Please Note: the fund limit has been met for 2022).
Pacific Ako Scholarship
We have $100,000 worth of full fees scholarships available to those who identify as Pacific learners (Please Note: the fund limit has been met for 2022).
Taipakeke Scholarship
We have $50,000 worth of full fees scholarships available to learners who are aged 60 years and over.
Impact Scholarship
We have $50,000 worth of scholarships available to learners positively impacting people, society or the planet. This scholarship covers 50% of postgraduate programme fees.

Accessing our full fees scholarships

Each of these scholarships cover 100% of the fees for one of our following programmes. Scholarships are awarded on a first in-first served basis to those who meet the criteria.

Scholarships can be applied to the following programmes:

Scholarship allocations as at 4 April 2022

How it works:

In 2022, we have a total Scholarship Fund available to be used on any of the programmes listed above, across any of the three scholarship types. But scholarships will only be available until that limit is met – so it pays to get in early and complete your application as soon as you can. As an example, you might not be able to join an intake until June 2022, but as long as you complete your enrolment application early and the limit of the fund has not yet been met, you can apply to receive a full fees scholarship for that June programme intake.

How to apply:

You can apply for a scholarship as part of your enrolment process, all you need to do is select the scholarship you are eligible for when it appears as part of your enrolment. Please make sure you read the Terms and Conditions below.

Within 5 days of submitting your application, we will be in touch to let you know the outcome of your application. You will then have 2 weeks to complete your programme enrolment to secure your scholarship funding.

Tech Futures Lab Impact Scholarship

Impact Scholarship
We have $50,000 available for learners positively impacting people, society or the planet. This scholarship covers 50% of postgraduate programme fees.

Accessing our Impact Scholarship

Our Impact Scholarship covers 50% of the fees for any one of our following programmes. Scholarships are awarded on a first in-first served basis to those who meet the criteria.

The Impact Fund Scholarships can be applied to the following programmes:

There is also an equivalent scholarship available with our sister organisation, The Mind Lab.

How it works:

The Impact scholarship is available to applicants who can demonstrate that they are supporting meaningful contributions that result in positive outcomes to people, society and/or the environment.

The aim is for our scholarship to help in prioritising work or projects that are already in progress (rather than intended), and those that can demonstrate current or imminent impact that could be extended or enhanced through study.

In 2022 the Impact Scholarship fund is $50,000 and is available to apply to any one of the postgraduate programmes listed above until the limit of the fund is met. So like our full fees scholarships, it pays to get in early and complete your application swiftly, even if you plan to join a cohort later in the year.

The Impact Scholarship is available for all new enrolments made in 2022 to the above listed postgraduate programmes.

How to apply:

You can apply for a scholarship as part of your enrolment process. In your application you’ll need to outline the meaningful contributions you are making and could continue to make with the support of study with us, aligning this to at least one of the Impact Scholarship Criteria. Please also make sure you read the Terms and Conditions below.

Your application could be in a short video (5-10 min) with the link provided to us, or through a written submission, which you can upload or link to as part of your application. If you have any trouble with the online application, you can contact enrol@themindlab.com or email them your documents/video link.

Keep in mind these key features of the Impact Scholarship selection process:

  • Consistent: Scholarships awarded will be measured by the same consistent criteria each year across all applicants. NB: Eligibility criteria may however change each year and all changes will be communicated on the websites for Tech Futures Lab and The Mind Lab.
  • Tangible: The criteria and examples are designed to provide a guide to give a sense of how the selection team evaluates applicants, however this list is not exhaustive. Activity not captured in the table will be considered on merit.
  • Fair: Tech Futures Lab and The Mind Lab evaluation team are committed to fairness and equity to balance between different types of outcomes, outputs, and inputs and across time.

Within 5 days of submitting your application, we will be in touch to let you know the outcome of your application. You will then have 2 weeks to complete your programme enrolment to secure your scholarship funding.

 

Scholarship allocation as at 17 May 2022

Studylink

Studylink may be able to help pay for your study through allowances and loans, they assist in the following ways:

  • Compulsory course fees
  • Course-related costs (eg, books, laptop, etc)
  • Day-to-day living costs
  • Other costs (eg disability or childcare).

How much you can get depends on your age, income, previous study history, and course type.

Learn more about how Studylink works by visiting their website.

Fees Free

Fees Free is targeted at first-time learners. You may be able to get one year’s study or two years’ training fees-free. Check if you are eligible by entering your National Student Number (NSN) on the Fees Free website. It takes less than a minute!

Hardship fund

This fund from the Ministry of Education is intended to support those who have been most impacted by Covid-19 to help keep you in study. Support is available to those who are currently enrolled in study.

To help us understand your situation, please use the form below to discuss how Covid-19 has impacted you.

Hardship could include any change of circumstance such as:

  • Loss of income or any financial stress;
  • Changes in relationship status;
  • Changes in providing care for children or whānau;
  • Changes in accommodation;
  • Changes in reliable transport situation, e.g. car have broken down and currently borrowing mother-in-law’s car;
  • Changes in health.

Please note that we may require evidence supporting your situation. To make an application fill out the Hardship Fund Application Form.

Things you need to know

  • Before applying for a scholarship please check if you are eligible for Fees Free (this check takes less than a minute with your NSN – National Student Number). If you are, no need to apply for a scholarship!
  • The Early Bird offer may not be used in conjunction with The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab Scholarships.
  • Scholarship applications are open only to those who are not currently receiving other financial support towards their fees.
  • You cannot receive more than one scholarship per 12 month period across both The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab.
  • Once you have applied for the scholarship you will be asked to provide some personal information to identify yourself as part of your application process. This information differs depending on which scholarship you are applying for.
  • By accepting this scholarship, you are indicating that you will, to the best of your ability, attend all required sessions for the programme you are enrolled in (both online and face-to-face). Where attendance requirements are not met and your enrolment in the programme is impacted, your scholarship may also be affected.

See our full terms and conditions here.

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