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Hinewai Clark, awardee, at the Auckland award ceremony 2017




Applications are open from 1 March to 15 April 2021

Scroll down for more information on the awards.

If you have any questions, please contact: enquiries@newhorizonsforwomen.org.nz


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Offered for the first time in 2020, ‘The Gwen Ryan Educational Award for Migrant-refugee Women’ is a specific purpose award for $3000 for a migrant or refugee woman who is undertaking education at tertiary level leading to professional development or employment. She must have become a permanent resident of NZ within the last 5 years.

The award is a one off grant to help with study and/or living expenses during study. The money may be used for tuition costs in pursuit of an approved course of study, experiential development, transport costs, costs associated with disabilities, childcare or other study-related expenses. It may be used in combination with funding from other sources.

To apply for the Gwen Ryan Educational Award for Migrant-refugee Women you must meet all the following eligibility criteria:

The applicant is a woman, who:

  • Is enrolled in an NZ approved tertiary qualification

  • Is a migrant or refugee and lives in New Zealand

  • Has become a permanent resident of New Zealand within the last 5 years

  • Has not previously received an NHWT: HK Award at the proposed level of study


When selecting awardees, the selection panel will consider the following:

  • Academic achievements and career plans

  • Financial and personal circumstances

  • Life story

  • Proposed use of the award

  • Community involvement

If you are eligible for this award, please complete the online application form from 1 March and submit it by the closing date 15 April 2021.

The Gwen Ryan Educational Award for Migrant-refugee Women