Speech Language Therapy Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to support you to study one of several possible courses of study related to special education. These are:

You must be enrolled in one of the above courses to be eligible for this scholarship.

Before submitting your application please read each section of this page carefully.

Applications for the Speech Language Therapy Scholarships are now closed.

The information we provide on this page is an indication only. The letter of offer (should your application be successful) will have all the details.

Information in te reo Māori about the Speech Language Therapy Scholarship:

Karahipi Kaiwhakatika Kōrero [PDF, 821 KB]

What the scholarship provides

This scholarship will:

  • pay you $5,000 per year of study upon successful completion of the year.

Important dates in applying for the scholarship

ActionDates
Applications close 30 March 2019
Applicants notified 26 April 2019

Who is eligible for this scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  1. Be accepted onto one of the courses of study.
  2. Be studying full time.
  3. Be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand permanent residency.
  4. Not be repeating a failed course.

We will give priority to applicants who (in descending order of priority):

  • can demonstrate proficiency in te reo Māori or te reo Rangatira (NCEA level 2 equivalent or a higher qualification or equivalent)
  • can demonstrate proficiency in a Pasifika language (NCEA level 2 equivalent or a higher qualification or equivalent) 
  • are of Māori or Pasifika descent 
  • can demonstrate proficiency in a spoken language in addition to English that is widely used by children attending early childhood centres and schools in New Zealand (NCEA level 2 equivalent or higher qualification or equivalent).

What to include in your application

Your application must include:

  • your resume
  • a cover letter outlining particular factors that are appropriate to our assessment (as per the points listed below)
    1. Your future commitment to supporting with children with special education needs in the education sector
    2. Your academic ability
    3. Your level of financial hardship
  • academic transcripts or grades of your highest and most recent qualifications
  • any special circumstances you would like the selection panel to consider.

If you are applying for priority selection:

  • submit evidence in the form of formal qualifications or written references from a tertiary institution, a kaumatua or a community leader of your language proficiency.

The courses of study the scholarship supports

This scholarship supports:

For more information about the courses of study

If you have any questions regarding the courses of study, please contact:

University of Canterbury

Dean Sutherland
Senior Lecturer
dean.sutherland@canterbury.ac.nz

Massey University

Elizabeth Doell
SLT programme coordinator
E.H.Doell@massey.ac.nz

University of Auckland

Clare McCann
Head of Speech Science
c.mccann@auckland.ac.nz

Philippa Friary
Director of Clinical Education
philippa.friary@auckland.ac.nz

Your responsibilities for meeting the scholarship conditions

If you are granted this scholarship, you must meet certain conditions. The specific terms and conditions will be listed in your letter of offer. In brief, you must:

  • enrol in your courses at the university
  • plan your study and workload for the year
  • pass your course papers
  • email us at learningsupport.workforce@education.govt.nz if any of the information you provided in your application changes – this includes your contact details, if you fail any papers and if you change your proposed study
  • email us at learningsupport.workforce@education.govt.nz if you are appointed to a position within the Ministry after you graduate.

Failure, withdrawal, and breaks in study

If you...then...
Decide not to start the course after you have enrolled You must re-apply for a scholarship in the following year. Your scholarship will not be deferred for a year.
Fail a paper You will need to re sit and pass the paper before you receive your scholarship payment.
Want to study part time You will need to contact us at learningsupport.workforce@education.govt.nz and let us know this change in your study.
Withdraw from study part way through the qualification You will need to pay back all academic fees that we have paid for your study.
Need to take a break from study due to unforeseen circumstances You will need to contact us at learningsupport.workforce@education.govt.nz and the university. You may ask for a study break of a maximum of one year.

Required disclosures

Convictions

Your application must disclose any convictions you have had unless they are covered by the Criminal Records (Clean Slate Act) 2004. This is required to ensure that you would not be prevented from gaining future employment with the Ministry of Education.

You must declare all of your convictions if you have:

  • been convicted of an offence within the last 7 years; or
  • been sentenced to a custodial sentence (eg, imprisonment, corrective training, borstal); or
  • been ordered by a court during a criminal case to be detained in a hospital due to your mental condition, instead of being sentenced; or
  • been convicted of a ‘special offence’ (eg, sexual offending against children, young people or those mentally impaired); or
  • not paid in full any fine reparation or costs ordered by the court in a criminal case; or
  • been indefinitely disqualified from driving under section 65 of the Land Transport Act 1998 or earlier equivalent provision.

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