Scholarships and Grants

The Nursing Education and Research Foundation (NERF) and NZNO offer NZNO members a range of scholarships and grants. These grants are funded from various trusts including the Gretta and Harry Hamblin Trust and the McCutchan Trust. NZNO also administers a range of other NZNO local and national grants.

NERF's mission is to promote excellence in nursing and health care by providing funding opportunities for education and research. 

Important to-dos

  • Make sure you use the latest version of the application form! Applications on outdated forms will not be considered
  • Most NERF applications are now available to apply online
  • Read Zoë Tipa's guest editorial in Kai Tiaki Nursing Research The significance of kaupapa Māori research methodology (PDF, 419KB) for information that may be useful to you when considering applying for scholarships and grants.


  • If you have previously received a grant or scholarship through NERF or NZNO, you are not eligible to apply for another one until a full year has passed
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a grant within the previous two years.

Contact details

Scholarships & Grants, NZ Nurses Organisation, 57 Willis Street, PO Box 2128, Wellington 6140

Phone: 0800 28 38 48


Details of Scholarships and Grants

Air and Surface Transport Nurses Scholarship Fund

Auckland Nurses Education & Research Trust

Auckland Region Pollard Fund

Bay of Plenty/Tairawhiti Education Grant

Cancer Nurses Education Grant

Canterbury Region 'The Pop Black Memorial Scholarship' Fund

Canterbury Regional Council Education & Development Fund

Catherine Logan Memorial Scholarship for Postgraduate Study (Perioperative)

Central Regional Council Scholarship Fund

Child and Youth Nurses Conference Scholarship

Debi Brook Fund - H254 (financial emergency in times of major illness)

Diabetes Nurses Professional Development Grant

Dr Jane Nugent Pharmacology Scholarship

Emergency Grants - (For exceptional and unexpected circumstances)

Emergency Nurses Conference Grant

Emergency Nurses Education Grant

Emergency Nurses Education Grant for Postgraduate Study

Emergency Nurses Leadership Grant

Emergency Nurses Pacific Island Nurse Grant

Enrolled Nurses Section Education Fund

Gastroenterology Nursing Education/Travel Fund

Hardship Fund - NZ Nurses Memorial Fund Inc.

Innovation Fund

Margaret Nicholls Grant (Available to all NZNO Members)

Mary Lambie Memorial Bursary - RN, RM, EN - H211.01

McCutchan Trust Postgraduate Study Scholarship

McCutchan Trust Publishing Thesis or Research Paper Scholarship

McCutchan Trust Research Grant - H214

McCutchan Trust Seminar Organisers Or Speakers Grant

Midlands Education Grant

Neonatal Nurse of the Year Award - Fisher & Paykel Travel Scholarship

Neonatal Nurses Professional Development Grant

Nursing Leadership Education Grant

Nursing Research Section Grant

NZNO Member Relief Fund - H255

Perioperative Nurses Best article by a novice writer in The Dissector journal

Perioperative Nurses Best Clinical Practice article in The Dissector journal

Perioperative Nurses Best Quality and Innovation article in The Dissector journal

Perioperative Nurses Christina (Tina) Ackland Memorial Education Award for Services to Perioperative Nursing

Perioperative Nurses College Catherine Logan Memorial Award

Perioperative Nurses Dallas Jessiman Award

Perioperative Nurses Debbie Booth Award

Perioperative Nurses Education Award

Research Grant - RN, RM, EN, Undergraduate student nurses and midwives

Respiratory Nurses Education Grant

Short Course/Conference Attendance (includes graduate/level 700 courses) - RN, RM, EN - H212.06-

Stomal Therapy Nurses Bernadette Hart Award

Stomal Therapy Nurses Liberty Stomal Therapy Nurse Education Scholarship Fund

Stomal Therapy Nurses The Liberty NZ Stomal Therapy Publishing Excellence Award

Top of the South Education Fund

Undergraduate Study Scholarship

Wellington Nurses Education Trust Scholarship (For NZNO Members that live in the Greater Wellington Region)

West Coast Education Fund

Women's Health Education Award