2025 Postgraduate funding applications open 9am Monday 13th May through to 5pm Friday 19th July 2024


How to apply

Step 1 - Have a discussion with your manager about your intent to apply for postgraduate funding

Step 2 - Send the following documents to [email protected]

  • A copy of your completed performance review OR A copy of your PDRP confirmation letter

  • A copy of your academic record

  • Verified evidence of NZ residency or citizenship (if not born in New Zealand)

  • A copy of your plan for receiving clinical mentoring/supervision (if applicable)

Step 3 - Complete the electronic Career Plan AND the HWD funding application

You will receive an automatic email confirmation that your application has been received.



About Health Workforce Directorate

Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand, Nelson Marlborough recognises that nurses are a key workforce group within the New Zealand Health System. We recognise that nurses help bridge the gap between coverage and access to healthcare through their ability to coordinate increasingly complex care for a wide range of patients within primary and secondary care.

To achieve this, nurses should be able to fully extend their skills with advanced education where the value of their contribution is realised across practice settings and in full partnership with other health professionals.

Advanced education supports innovative professional nursing practice through the integration of evidence into practice achieving enhanced quality of care for our community. Postgraduate nursing education programmes build on the foundation skills, knowledge and abilities of registered nurses gained in pre-registration educational programmes.

In order for nurses to practice to the full extent of their skill, advanced education is supported through funding from Health Workforce Directorate (HWD)*.


Health Workforce Directorate provides postgraduate funding to Te Whatu Ora - Nelson Marlborough through the Director of Nursing and Midwifery on an annual contractual basis. These funds are prioritised and allocated according to the workforce needs of the district. Specifications for postgraduate programmes of education can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

*Health Workforce Directorate was previously known as Health Workforce New Zealand.

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