Pacific Professional Development Scholarship Fund

Supporting Pacific Learner success

Ako Aotearoa is committed to supporting Pacific staff and emerging Pacific leaders in tertiary education.

Our purpose 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, and are awarded on the basis that this sum is equally matched in dollars by the employee’s organisation.


The fund is open to all Pacific staff working in tertiary education in New Zealand. Nominees may work in any part of the tertiary education sector.

To be eligible, you need to be nominated by your manager or employer and have a strong interest in broadening your career through professional development that focuses on the success of Pacific learners.

All Pacific Professional Development Fund applications are reviewed and approved by an independent funding panel.

Key dates for 2019

  • 30 April – round opens
  • 30 August – round closes
  • 25 September – awardees announced

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Pacific Professional Development Scholarship fund