Scholarships, grants and funds

Tech Futures lab offers a range of scholarships that cover 75% of tuition fees on our postgraduate programmes. Our mission is to support as many people as possible to gain the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need to ‘Create Impactful Futures’.


Removing barriers to learning

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.

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.

2023 Scholarships

Tangata whenua
For learners who identify as Māori
Pacific Ako
For learners who identify as having Pacific Island heritage.
For learners aged 60 years and over
For learners working to make positive impact and change

Scholarship fund tracker

Current as of 23rd November 2022.

Accessing our scholarships

How it works:

In 2023 we have a Total Scholarship Fund available across The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab. The fund can be used to cover 75% of tuition fees on any of the postgraduate programmes that The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab deliver. The funds can be allocated across any of the four scholarship types: Tangata Whenua, Pacific Ako, Taipakeke or Impact Scholarship.

Scholarships are only available until the Fund 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 July 2023, but as long as you complete your enrolment application early and the limit of the scholarship fund has not yet been met, you can apply to receive a 75% fees scholarship for that July 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 Things You Need To Know section below.

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

Applying for the Impact Scholarship

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. 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 or email them your documents/video link.


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 allowance 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!

Digital Boost Alliance

As part of the Digital Boost Alliance, we have 200 full scholarships available for Digital Boost Users for Level 8 micro-credentials offered by The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab. Visit this webpage to learn more.

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. 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

  • There are specific terms and conditions you will need to agree to when applying for a programme with The Mind Lab or Tech Futures Lab. These are available in the application process and also here.

Terms and conditions specific to 2023 Scholarships

  • These scholarship funds are shared between The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab postgraduate programmes. Amounts advertised of available funds are therefore amounts available between The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab.
  • Before applying for a scholarship please check if you are eligible for Fees Free (this check takes less than a minute with your NSN number). If you are eligible there’s no need to apply for a scholarship.
  • 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 from The Mind Lab or Tech Futures Lab for a single programme.
  • You cannot receive more than one scholarship from The Mind Lab or Tech Futures Lab within a 12 month period (e.g. if you have received a scholarship from The Mind Lab for a programme that starts in June 2023 you cannot receive another scholarship for a programme that starts in the period June 2023 – May 2024 with either The Mind Lab or Tech Futures Lab).
  • The early-bird offer may not be used in conjunction with The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab Scholarships.
  • These scholarships are available for study on programme intakes that begin after 01 January 2023. 
  • 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.
  • International Students are not eligible to apply for The Mind Lab Scholarships or receive fee discounts.

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