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Mary Lambie Memorial Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?

$1000 - may be divided between applicants of equal merit.

Closing dates for applications

Next: 30 June 2020

Application forms must be received in NZNO National Office, Wellington by 4pm on the closing date.

Length of award

Varies according to circumstances. Individual applicants will only be eligible for one NERF grant per calendar year (with the exception of the Emergency Grant).

Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

Funding enables registered nurses to undertake a programme of study at graduate level. Funding for this bursary is from the Estate of Helen M Todd and is managed by Guardian Trust.

Selection criteria

* RM, RN or EN/NA
* NZNO member
* Scholarship is for a person or persons, selected by NERF, obtaining a higher qualification in the field of nursing (would include midwifery)

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

In consideration of the receipt of scholarship funds, the recipient agrees as follows:
1.     That any funds received from NERF be used exclusively for the purposes of supporting study for a higher qualification in nursing or midwifery;
2.     That any funds not used for supporting study for a higher qualification in nursing or midwifery are returned to NERF;
3.     That the recipient’s name, course details and amount of the scholarship may be published;
4.     That the recipient may be contacted by the co-editors of Kai Tiaki, a NERF trustee or other member of staff at NZNO for publicity purposes;

How do students apply?

Application forms and information can be found in the members area at or you can contact the National Office of NZNO. The Mary Lambie Memorial Bursary is offered annually to qualified nurses or midwives wishing to obtain a higher qualification in the field of nursing or midwifery.

All applications must be typed – handwritten applications will not be accepted.
Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

In writing two months after closing date. Grants are awarded at the discretion of the assessment panel. ). Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a grant in the previous two years from any source, are not eligible or have been turned down for Health Workforce New Zealand funding, and/or are not receiving any support from their employer.

Decision makers

NERF Selection Committee which is a minimum of three members of the Board of Trustees, two of whom are NZNO representatives and a Māori nurse nominated by Te Runanga.

History or background of award

Mary Lambie was the Director of the Health Department's Nursing Division in the 1930s. She was described by biographer Helen Campbell as having '...qualities which inspired admiration and affection in all the nurses with whom she came in contact' (Campbell, 1976). During her term in office at the Department of Health, Mary Lambie supervised all nursing services in New Zealand and the South Pacific where she was specifically recognised for her concerns for the people and their problems.

Additional information

The Tiriti o Waitangi is the founding document of New Zealand. The Nursing Education Research Foundation and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation acknowledge the great importance of this living document and all successful applicants are expected to respect and promote the equal standing of Tangata Whenua with non-Māori.

Individual applicants will only be eligible for one grant per calendar year.

The selection committee does consider financial need and applicants are required to give some basic information concerning income and expenditure.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Scholarships & Grants
NZ Nurses Organisation (Inc) National Office
PO Box 2128, Wellington 6140
(04) 499 9533


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in July 2019.