Pacific Professional Development Fund
Information about Ako Aotearoa's Pacific Professional Development Fund and applying for funding.
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Developing Pacific educational leadership
Ako Aotearoa is committed to supporting Pacific teachers and emerging Pacific leaders in tertiary education. In conjunction with our Pacific Peoples’ Caucus, we have established the Pacific Professional Development Fund to offer professional development scholarships to Pacific staff.
The Pacific Professional Development Scholarship programme addresses:
- A need to support Pacific staff working in tertiary education organisations into leadership positions through career development.
- A need to build leadership capacity to provide a platform for supporting Pacific learner success.
Open to all Pacific staff working in tertiary education in New Zealand, the Pacific Professional Development Scholarship 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 worth between $2,000 – $5,000, on the basis that the sum awarded will be matched by an equal amount of funding from the employing organisation.
The scholarships are open to all staff (both academic and general/professional) who are:
- of Pacific descent, and
- working to support learners in tertiary education.
Staff must be nominated by their employers, who are expected to match the amount of funding provided by Ako Aotearoa.
Nominees may work in any part of the tertiary education sector.
Each scholarship will be awarded for professional development activities chosen by the nominee that helps develop their leadership skills and career advancement – e.g. leadership courses; support in gaining an advanced qualification; attendance at conferences that will enhance their profile and networks.
- The scholarships must support an individual’s longterm career progression – i.e. not to support them to do their existing job better (this is the responsibility of the employer).
- Preference will be given to nominees who can demonstrate that successful completion of their proposed professional development will provide them with opportunities for enhanced external recognition within New Zealand e.g. gain credit towards a higher level qualification that enhances their eligibility for the MPP Pasifika on Boards programme).
- A nominee awarded a scholarship in any year cannot be nominated for a further scholarship until three years afterthe first award.
- Unsuccessful nominees in any round can be re-nominated in the next round.
- Nominations for the 2017 round closed on Friday 3 November - results will be available soon.
- Read more about the 2016 recipients
- The Ako Aotearoa Pacific Peoples’ Caucus will establish a selection panel of Pacific people involved in education.
- The panel will identify and manage any conflicts of interest as per accepted government practice.
- The panel reserves the right to interview short-listed nominees prior to making final decisions.
- In making the awards in any year, consideration will be given to maintaining an appropriate balance in terms of gender and Pacific ethnicities.
- The panel’s decisions are final.
Expectations of successful awardees
Ako Aotearoa National Office
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