Tech Futures Lab provides full fees scholarships to selected candidates. Below you can find out more about our scholarships and how to apply.

Tech Futures Lab Scholarships

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 scholarships for those who identify as Māori or Pacific Island learners and for anyone aged over 60 years. 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.

Tech Futures Lab Scholarships

Tangata Whenua Scholarship
We have $100,000 worth of full fees scholarships available to learners who identify as Māori.
Pacific Ako Scholarship
We have $100,000 worth of full fees scholarships available to those who identify as Pacific learners.
Taipakeke Scholarship
We have $50,000 worth of full fees scholarships available to learners who are aged 60 years and over.

Accessing our 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:

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.

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.


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!
  • For each of the three categories there are a number of scholarships available per category in 2022.
  • 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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