The HASANZ Scholarship Programme

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What does the scholarship get me?


Closing dates for applications

Next: 14 September 2020

Applications close on 14 September 2020.

Length of award

Up to two years .

Purpose of award

Workplace health and safety is an interesting and rewarding career choice. The HASANZ Health and Safety Professionals Survey 2017 showed that 91% find their profession rewarding.
The Safesearch WHS Remuneration Survey 2018 shows the average yearly remuneration for health and safety advisers in New Zealand is $100,000. However, demand for qualified health and safety advisers outstrips supply in many areas. And New Zealand’s health and safety workforce is ageing – our Survey indicated that more than 50% of health and safety professionals are over 50 years old. The HASANZ Scholarship Programme is one way to address the capability and capacity gaps in New Zealand’s health and safety workforce and increase the supply of qualified, competent health and safety professionals for businesses to call on.

Selection criteria

HASANZ Scholarships are open to people who are already working in health and safety or who want to move into a career in workplace health and safety.


What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

HASANZ Scholarships have two components. Successful applicants receive:
• A financial contribution towards full or part-time tertiary study in health and safety – $5,000 each year for up to two years ($10,000 in total)
*. The second $5,000 is conditional on successfully completing the first year of study.
• Practical experience and support, including:
• Field trip and networking with industry representatives.
• Practical learning and the ability to work on real life issues.
• Mentoring from an industry professional.
*Scholarship value may vary at HASANZ’s discretion.

How do students apply?

Scholarship applications are currently closed. The next round of HASANZ Scholarships will open on 30 July 2020. From that date, you will be able to access and submit application forms via this page. If you would like to receive details regarding the HASANZ Scholarships 2020 Programme, please email and we will notify you when the scholarship round opens.
General Scholarship Application Form
Post-Graduate Scholarship Application Form
Poutama Scholarship Application Form
Occupational Hygiene Scholarship Application Form
Applied Research Scholarship Application Form

How and when do students learn of the decision?

It is expected that 2019 HASANZ Scholarship recipients will enrol for courses starting in 2020.
Applications open on 3 July 2019.
Applications close on 2 September 2019.
Successful applicants will be advised by 14 October 2019.HASANZ Scholarship recipients will be announced in early December 2019.

Decision makers

Applications for HASANZ Scholarships are assessed by a panel including representatives from tertiary education, HASANZ member associations and the wider health and safety sector.

Selection for the HASANZ Scholarship Programme is based on the applicant’s work experience, academic record, career goals and a personal statement. We also aim to fill crucial capability gaps and identify future leaders

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by the selection pane

History or background of award

The HASANZ Scholarship Programme was established in 2018 to give people the opportunity to further their education in workplace health and safety. It targets those already working in health and safety who want to expand their skills and graduates who are considering career options. Scholarships are awarded annually.The HASANZ Scholarship Programme aims to build the capability and capacity of New Zealand’s professional health and safety workforce. It helps to ensure that businesses have access to quality health and safety advice and services into the future.

Additional information

There are five categories:
General Scholarships - open to practitioners and health and safety representatives who wish to upskill to a Diploma or Degree.
Postgraduate Scholarships - open to people with Degrees who wish to undertake a relevant postgraduate qualification in health and safety. Eligible postgraduate qualifications must be delivered by a university.
Occupational Hygiene Scholarships (funded by WorkSafe) - open to people who wish to become an occupational hygienist or gain specialist qualifications or further training in this field.
Applied Research Scholarships - open to graduates who wish to further their knowledge through Masters or PhD research in a health and safety-related topic.
Poutama Scholarships - open to Māori health and safety practitioners who wish to take their skills to the next level.

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

Ann Kennedy-Perkins
Communications Adviser
Health and Safety Association of New Zealand
AKP Communications Ltd, PO Box 27038, Marion Square, Wellington 6141, Mew Zealand
04 384 8864


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 2020.