Our Scholarships

We Invest in Futures

Equitable societies begin with equitable opportunities



Diverse scholarships, grants and funds for all

academyEX offers a range of scholarships to support people to study and help to minimise barriers to learning. Scholarships are open to domestic students and are awarded based on applications received and the availability of scholarship funding.

Tangata Whenua

75% of tuition fees covered by the scholarship who identify as Maori.

Pacific Ako

75% of  tuition fees covered by the scholarship who identify as Pasifika.


75% of tuition fees covered by the scholarship for those who are aged 60 years and over.


75% of tuition fees covered by the scholarship for people who can evidence they work in a role based upon positive impact e.g. serving  people, society or the planet.

Fees Free

For first-time learners. You may be eligible for one year’s study or two years’ training fees-free.

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Studylink may be able to assist with course-related fees and other living costs.

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Digital Boost Alliance

We offer 200 full scholarships available for Digital Boost Users for any micro-credential offered by academy EX.

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If you’re a teacher or principal, TeachNZ offers a range of study awards, sabbaticals and study support grants to support you to study on programmes.

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Your future is important to us and our planet.

We offer a range of scholarships that cover 75% of tuition fees on our postgraduate programmes to make learning accessible. We know that funding higher education can be one of the biggest barriers to participation.

Our mission is to support as many people as possible to gain the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need to create impactful futures.

Māori and Pacific learners are two of the most underrepresented demographic groups in postgraduate education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our Tangata Whenua and Pacific Ako scholarships aims to reduce the financial barrier to extending knowledge and opening up new career, community and personal opportunities.

Learning is for life. Thriving, equitable societies means there must be a place for everyone. Our Taipakeke scholarship recognises that age should not be a barrier to building on past careers and experiences, refreshing opportunities and energy to continue to participate in the changing world.

Each year over $1,500,000 (NZD) worth of scholarships are awarded across our portfolio of qualifications.

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Creating impactful futures can’t wait till tomorrow.

Our Impact Scholarship is designed to give people who are already focused on making positive change, the skills and new knowledge needed to amplify their mahi, to make it bigger and make it lasting.

Unlike our other scholarships, the Impact scholarship does have specific criteria applicants need to evidence in a current project and impact on people, place and /or planet.

In your application you’ll need to answer a series of questions outlining 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 would like to discuss your scholarship application with our team, please contact - we are more than happy to chat about the incredible work you are doing and how our programmes could enable further positive impact.


Details you may need to know

academyEX offers a significant amount of scholarship funding each year. For 2023 intakes, NZD$750,000 was released in November 2022, and a further funding pot will be released in June 2023 for intakes that commence between July - December 2023.

academyEX scholarships are open only to those who are not currently receiving other financial support toward the tuition fees, including external scholarships.

The Mind Lab/Tech Futures Lab scholarships are the same as academyEX scholarships. You can only receive one scholarship within a 12 month period. This is regardless of the value eg. if a student receives a scholarship for a micro-credential programme, they are then ineligible to receive a scholarship towards a masters programme within the same twelve month period. 

For example, if you received a scholarship for study in June 2022, you cannot receive another scholarship for a programme that starts in the period June 2022-June 2023. From July 2023, you could apply for another scholarship if you are continuing your study. Being awarded one scholarship does not imply that any further scholarship will be granted. Each application is reviewed on merit against a contestable pool of scholarship funding. Students who enrol on a programme and who are awarded a scholarship must complete their programme of study. Students who do not complete their studies who have received a scholarship will be ineligible to apply or receive another scholarship for a minimum of three years.

No, the early bird saving may not be used in conjunction with academyEX scholarships.

See the How to Apply section above. During the application process, you will be required to provide some personal information, and briefly answer two key questions:

  • Tell us a bit about you, your work and your interests, particularly those that are relevant to the programme that you are applying for.

  • How do you think the programme you are applying for will amplify or support your project (or role) in its potential for impact? Consider the skills and knowledge you want to gain. 

You can provide your responses in writing, or submit a video application. The more detailed the response to the questions, the greater likelihood of standing out in the scholarship review process.

Our Scholarship Panel regularly reviews scholarship applications and will indicate the outcome of the application within 7-10 working days. If the Scholarship Panel requires additional information to assess your application, we will contact you to discuss this.

Scholarship applications close 4 weeks before the start date of the programme intake. Please see key dates pages of the 2023 student prospectus for specific dates for the programme and intake you are interested in applying for. 

Please see Students Terms and Conditions and Withdrawal scenarios for implications on awarded scholarship if you need to withdraw from a programme. 

Students who do not complete their studies who have received a scholarship will be ineligible to apply or receive another scholarship for a minimum of three years.

Transfer of scholarship funding to another intake may be approved on compassionate grounds through a written request to the Programme Lead and academyEX General Manager. All requests are considered on a case by case basis, and re-enrolment must be within 12 months of the request.

Yes, scholarships will be granted for the full duration of the programme. If the programme spans more than a 12 month period, a scholarship will be granted for the full programme. The recipient will only need to apply once to get a scholarship for the full programme.

Unfortunately, only domestic students (New Zealand citizens and permanent residents) are eligible to apply for an academyEX scholarship.

Scholarship applications must be submitted when applying for a programme for the first time only. Students already enrolled in a programme of study cannot apply for an academyEX scholarship when transitioning to different parts of a programme.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for those relating to our scholarships. If you have any questions about these terms and conditions, please contact


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Terms & conditions

There are specific terms and conditions you will need to agree to when applying for a programme with academyEX.

These are available in the application process and in the FAQ section above.

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