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Postgraduate Study Grant online application

  • This grant is available to Registered Midwives or Registered Nurses studying at Level 800 or above on the NZQA framework for post-graduate qualifications including postgraduate certificates and diplomas, Master’s degrees, or PhD degrees.

    This grant is also available to students enrolled in pre-registration Masters programmes.

    The course of study must be relevant to the practice of nursing or midwifery in New Zealand and contribution to nursing/midwifery/healthcare in New Zealand.

    Up to $13,000 is offered for this round. If successful you will be asked to supply your bank account number.

    Applications close at 4:00pm on 30 June 2021

    Please note

    • Individual applicants will only be eligible for one NERF grant per calendar year (with the exception of the Emergency Grant)
    • Priority will be given to applicants who:
      • have not received a grant in the previous two years from any source
      • are not eligible for, or have been turned down for, Health Workforce New Zealand funding
      • and/or are not receiving any support from their employer.
    • Applications are judged based on the merit of the application and grants are awarded at the discretion of the assessment panel
    • All decisions are final and no discussion will be entered into.

    NERF Grants Assessment Committee

    Please note that the NERF Grants Assessment Committee requires you to answer all questions in full, to help them fairly distribute the monies available.

    Applications are reviewed by three members of the NERF Board of Trustees, two of whom are NZNO representatives, with the third being a Māori nurse nominated by Te Rūnanga. The NZNO Nursing Policy Adviser/Researcher also sits on the committee as a non-voting member. Where further methodological or content expertise is required, the Assessment Committee may appoint an appropriately experienced person to advise the Committee.

    The decision of the Committee is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    Things you will need to complete this form

    Please have the following information, documents, and written answers ready to upload.


    1. Your current NZNO membership number
    2. Your current NZNC registration number.

    Documents (up to 4MB each file)

    1. A scanned copy of your student ID
    2. Evidence of enrollment in your course of study
    3. Your CV, which must be supplied inside the Standard CV Template
    4. Document(s) relating to outcomes you achieved from scholarships or grants within the last two years
    5. Document(s) relating to scholarships or grant applications submitted within the last two years
    6. Document(s) relating to other assistance or income you are receiving at present.

    Written answers

    1. Examples from your practice that illustrate partnering with Māori to improve access and health outcomes (up to 500 words)
    2. An outline of how completing your proposed course of study will benefit nursing/midwifery/healthcare in New Zealand and the client group you care for (up to 500 words)
    3. An outline of your long-term career goals and how completing the proposed course of study will help achieve these (up to 300 words).
    When you have gathered all these things together you are ready to complete the form below.

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