Scholarship opportunities for New Zealand educators



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Applications close soon for three Fulbright scholarships for teachers and education professionals.

boy with globeThe Fulbright-Cognition Scholar Award in Education Research is for a New Zealand educator or researcher to pursue research in the US designed to have an impact on New Zealand early childhood education or primary/secondary schooling and student achievement, for 3-5 months. One award valued at US $37,5000 offered each year. Applications close 1 October.

Education Review has profiled several previous grantees of this award, including a social sciences teacher from Wellington High School who researched culturally responsive history teaching and the role of ethnic identity in shaping students’ interpretation of the past at Hunter College in New York. We also profiled a senior teacher at Havelock North High School who researched the use of mathematics achievement data in evidence-based leadership of American high schools at Harvard.

Also closing 1 October are applications for the Fulbright-Meg Everton Professional Enhancement Awards in Education. These awards are for New Zealand educators in early childhood, primary or secondary education to undertake a professional development activity in the US which will enhance their professional knowledge, practice and/or skills. A small number of awards valued at up to NZ$5,000 are granted each year, towards a 12 to 90 day visit to the US.

Previous grantees include a classroom teacher and team leader at Summerland Primary School who attended the National Science Teacher’s Association of America’s annual national conference in Chicago and visited and presented at several schools across Seattle, Chicago and Washington, DC to explore the teaching and learning of science at an elementary level.

Applications close 1 November for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Programme for New Zealand Teachers. This award was introduced last year for highly accomplished New Zealand teachers in primary or secondary schooling to participate in an intensive professional development programme in the US at Indiana University for four months and conduct some research. 

Previous grantees include an English Teacher at Northcote College who researched ways of empowering parents to support their children’s reading development, and the director of Karanga Mai Young Parent College in Kaiapoi who researched conditions and strategies of enhanced education environments for teen parent learners.

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