Scholarships and Funding

giftEDnz currently offers funding support for the following types of activities:

Conference Funding Support

Are you keen to share your practice, experiences, or research with other professionals? Why not apply to present at a conference?

“The conference was certainly a meeting of the minds and it was fabulous to make connections…It was the first opportunity to present my research on gifted girls and social media at an international conference”

– Eunice Price, Conference Funding recipient 2015

giftEDnz: The Professional Association for Gifted Education welcomes your application for conference funding support. The purpose in providing this support is two-fold: to support the professional learning and development of specialists in gifted education; and to raise the profile of gifted and talented education across all sectors.

Therefore, the criteria for applicants are:

1.    Current individual or institutional membership in giftEDnz
2.    Planned attendance at an educational conference, including an accepted presentation on gifted and talented education

Preference will be given to presentations at mainstream educational conferences for professionals (as opposed to specialist gifted and talented events or conferences for parents).  First-time presenters, including practitioners and emerging researchers, will be given priority.

Grants are available for up to and not exceeding $300 (GST inclusive) and may be used to support conference registration costs, teacher release, travel or accommodation.

All successful applications will be required to acknowledge the support of giftEDnz on their presentations and/or conference papers, by including our logo and/or an acknowledgement statement (copyright and intellectual property is that of the presenter/author). Applicants may also be asked to distribute publicity materials on behalf of giftEDnz and to write a 200-300 word conference report for our newsletter, giftEDnewz.

The Board of giftEDnz will make all decisions based on the quality of applications in relation to the goals of our association and available funding. Individuals will only be funded for one conference per annum.

Apply here for Conference Funding Support.

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Special Interest Group (SIG) Funding

giftEDnz: The Professional Association for Gifted Education welcomes your application for funding initiatives to support professionals working with gifted and talented children and young people.

We are interested in supporting equitable educational opportunities for gifted and talented learners. We would like to achieve this goal through the development and sharing of resources, including journal articles, books, websites, workshops, and so on. This may be in the form of developing a new Special Interest Group or supporting an initiative of a new or existing Special Interest Group.

Grants are available for up to and not exceeding $2000 (GST inclusive) for individuals and groups of giftEDnz members. Successful funding applicants should report back their progress and outcomes on a six-monthly basis, and each initiative must be completed within a year.

All successful applications will be required to acknowledge the support of giftEDnz on any publications, resources, presentations, websites, etc by including our logo and/or an acknowledgement statement (copyright and intellectual property is that of the developer/author).

The Board of giftEDnz will make all decisions based on the quality of applications in relation to the goals of our association and available funding.

Find out more about the current Special Interest Groups here.

Apply here for Special Interest Group Funding.

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Speakers’ Bureau

  • Are you looking for a speaker who is a specialist in an area of gifted education to come to your region?
  • Is cost an issue for your school or centre or group or affiliation?

giftEDnz can help!

The giftEDnz Speakers’ Bureau is a group of renowned professionals who have agreed to make themselves available as speakers for institutions, clusters, or individual schools or centres throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.The speakers will give their time and expertise, and giftEDnz will cover the cost of a speaker’s travel, accommodation (up to a specified value) and also pay an honorarium to the speaker.

So, are your professional development needs around such areas as: 

  • Differentiation strategies in the classroom 
  • How to support underachieving gifted and talented students 
  • The use of digital technologies for gifted learners 
  • Twice exceptional learners 
  • Transition to school for gifted students from early childhood centres 
  • Socio-cultural issues and the gifted student?

Or do you want to hear about the latest research around gifted and talented learners in our New Zealand schools and centres?

Then send in an application to the giftEDnz Speakers’ Bureau and hear what those in the know have to say. BUT – you will need to be a member of giftEDnz to qualify. A list of speakers from the Bureau, along with their biographies and the areas in which they are happy to speak about, is available here.

Speakers’ Bureau Award Guidelines

  • Applications will only be received from current financial members of giftEDnz.
  • Up to $1000 can be awarded for travel, accommodation, and expenses.
  • The giftEDnz Board may decide to award full funding, partial funding or decline the application. The Board’s decision is final and no negotiations will be entered into with the applicants.
  • The recipient is required to pay a $150 honorarium to the Speaker which will come from the total amount awarded.
  • In making a decision, the Board will give consideration to ensuring that in each financial year there is a spread of Speakers’ Bureau funding across regions and sectors. The Board member with responsibility for the Speakers’ Bureau will notify applicants of the success or otherwise of their application as soon as possible. The successful applicant/s will be provided with the contact details of their preferred Speaker, so that they can begin negotiations
  • Award recipients will be required to promote giftEDnz at any events associated with the award, using promotional materials supplied by the Speakers’ Bureau lead.
  • Award recipients will be required to submit a report on their Speakers’ Bureau event for the giftEDnz e-zine.

Apply here for the Speakers’ Bureau.

If you are a member of giftEDnz, apply now!

Only a limited number of Speakers can be provided through the organisation each year.

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