Supporting Pacific Learner success

Pacific PLD Scholarship Fund 2020

Nominations for 2020 have closed. Read about the 2020 awardees.

Ako Aotearoa is committed to supporting Pacific staff and emerging Pacific leaders in tertiary education. To support this, we established our Pacific Professional Development Scholarship Fund in 2016 with our Pacific Peoples’ Caucus.

The purpose of the fund is two-fold and aims to address the following priorities:

  • Supporting Pacific tertiary staff on their pathways to leadership positions through career development.
  • Building leadership capability, along with capacity, that becomes a stronger platform of support to grow greater Pacific learners' success.

The scholarships are each worth between $2,000 and $5,000. The nominees' organisation is expected to provide an "in kind" contribution to match that being funded by Ako Aotearoa. 


The fund is open to all Pacific staff working in tertiary education in New Zealand. The fund is designed to support the career development of Pacific staff who have demonstrated the potential to progress to middle and senior management positions within New Zealand's tertiary sector.

The scholarships are open to all staff (both academic and general/professional) who are:

  • of Pacific descent
  • working to support learners in tertiary education
  • can demonstrate how the professional development aligns with their existing role and contributes to their career development.

Staff must be nominated by their employers, who are expected to match the amount of funding provided by Ako Aotearoa through "in kind' contributions. Nominees may work in any part of the tertiary education sector.

The role of the organisation

The fund aims to build the capability of Pacific teachers, learners and support staff by funding appropriate, targeted Professional Development activities not considered "business as usual" for the applicants or their organisations.

Ako Aotearoa is looking to award scholarships to individuals where their employing TEO can demonstrate its commitment to the advancement and capability of its Pacific staff, preferably organisation-wide and at a strategic level.