Education > Postgraduate > Study Grant Opportunities

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply you should:

  • Be planning to complete postgraduate education which is at least level eight as per the NZQA framework. (not negotiable)

  • Hold a current Annual Practising Certificate with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand with no restrictions which would negatively impact on engaging in post graduate study (not negotiable)

  • Be currently working as either an employed midwife (0.4FTE) or as a Lead Maternity Carer midwife working under Section 88 (with an annual caseload of 10 women or more)

  • Have worked as a midwife within the last 12 months

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand permanent residency (not negotiable)

  • Be planning to undertake the post graduate education in 2018

  • Postgraduate education must be NZQA approved at Level 8 or above

  • Be enrolled in education with one of the following midwifery post graduate education providers: Otago Polytechnic, Victoria University, Waikato Institute of Technology or Auckland University of Technology

  • Not be participating in the Midwifery Complex Care clinical training or as a graduate midwife enrolled in the Midwifery First Year of Practice Programme

Please note that while the top two points in this list are not negotiable, applications which do not meet the other automatic eligibility criteria listed above can be considered on a case by case basis.

Study Grant Opportunities

Midwives who are engaged in formal postgraduate education (at Level 8 or above on the NZQA framework) are entitled to apply for a grant towards the cost of their postgraduate study. These grants are funded by Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) and are administered by NZCOM to subsidise the cost of fees and travel (if required).

Please note that this is not the information for Postgraduate Complex Care Education Funding. Please click here for Postgraduate Complex Care Education Funding.

Midwives who are planning to enrol or have enrolled in postgraduate study in 2018 are now eligible to apply. Please note that application for funding is a separate process to academic enrolment. Midwives need to approach the tertiary education providers directly to enrol with them, and need evidence of enrolment or initiating the enrolment process to support their application for a grant. Enrolment deadlines vary between education providers and will differ from the grant application deadline.

Schools offering post-graduate midwifery education:

Auckland University of Technology

Otago Polytechnic

Victoria University of Wellington

Waikato Institute of Technology

Application process

Applications are now filled out on-line through the College portal system. Please login to the site and follow the Postgraduate Grants Icon to enter a new application. You can apply for Semester One, Semester Two or both. Please note that Semester Two will not be processed or approved until after the 15th June 2018.

All approved papers are included in the application with options available to add other education providers and papers.

The postgraduate information sheet provides further information which is required to be read in conjunction with your application.

Important notes:

Midwifery applicants who have completed one or two papers in another discipline will be eligible to have their applications considered if these papers are cross creditable towards a midwifery post graduate qualification. Proof will be required from the education provider that these papers are being undertaken as part of an overall midwifery focused qualification.

Midwives who are undertaking post graduate study in another discipline or related topic (eg. Health Management or Public Health) or do not meet the negotiable eligibility criteria are encouraged to contact NZCOM to discuss whether they may be eligible for a grant.

Midwives who have been granted funding from another source towards cost of postgraduate education study that they are applying for HWNZ funding for (for example, from their employer), need to declare the nature and amount of funding or support received. Any funding support received will have to deducted from any HWNZ grant entitlement. The College advises that we are disbursing a finite post graduate budget, therefore cannot guarantee that all applicants will receive funding. We will be priortising applications on a first come first served basis.

Applications for the first round of semester one grant funding close 29th January 2018. Please complete and submit your application via the College portal by this date.

Additional round of funding applicable to semester one grant funding close 26th March 2018.

Semester one 2018 application process and funding disbursement timeframe:

DATES FIRST SEMESTER ONE FUNDING/APPLICATION ROUND ONE
29th January 2018 First Application Round for Semester One 2018 grants closes
5th February 2018 NZCOM provides data for all approved applications to HWNZ
5th February 2018 Midwives notified of application funding approval and payment arrangements
20th February 2018 HWNZ payment disbursed to NZCOM
21st February 2018 NZCOM disburses payments either directly to education providers or midwives
DATES SUBSEQUENT SEMESTER ONE FUNDING/APPLICATION ROUND TWO
26th March 2018 Second Application Round for Semester One 2018 grants closes
3rd April 2018 NZCOM provides data for all approved applications to HWNZ
3rd April 2018 Midwives notified of application funding approval and payment arrangements
20th April 2018 HWNZ payment disbursed to NZCOM
23rd April 2018 NZCOM disburses payments either directly to education providers or midwives.

Semester two 2018 application process and funding disbursement timeframe:

DATES FIRST SEMESTER TWO FUNDING/APPLICATION ROUND ONE
25th June 2018 First Application Round for Semester Two 2018 grants closes
29th June 2018 NZCOM provides data for all approved applications to HWNZ
29th June 2018 Midwives notified of application funding approval and payment arrangements
20th July 2018 HWNZ payment disbursed to NZCOM
23rd July 2018 NZCOM disburses payments either directly to education providers or midwives
DATES SUBSEQUENT SEMESTER TWO FUNDING/APPLICATION ROUND TWO
24th September 2018 Second Application Round for Semester Two 2018 grants closes
28th September 2018 NZCOM provides data for all approved applications to HWNZ
28th September 2018 Midwives notified of application funding approval and payment arrangements
22nd October 2018 HWNZ payment disbursed to NZCOM
23rd October 2018 NZCOM disburses payments either directly to education providers or midwives


Any queries may be directed to Carla Martin, NZCOM at finance1@nzcom.org.nz or (03) 377 2732

Last updated: 29/11/17