Publishing Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships and prizes available to students studying publishing at Whitireia. Call us on 0800 Whitireia (0800 944 847) or email for further information on any of these scholarships and how to apply.


Mason Publishing Scholarship

The AV and MJ Mason Trust offers an annual scholarship through the publishing programme at Whitireia.

This scholarship was established by Andrew Mason, a widely admired book editor and literary editor of the New Zealand Listener in the 1980s. It also acknowledges Andrew Mason’s father, Malcolm Mason, who was involved in publishing as chair of Reed Publishing in the 1960s and 1970s and was the author of three books.

The scholarship is offered to one student studying publishing each year, who is selected on the basis of financial need. The scholarship covers approximately 75% of the fee for the fulltime course.

Applications are to be made directly to the Mason Publishing Trust and must be received by 31 January each year. More information is available from the publishing programme.


Te Reo Māori Publishing Scholarship

The publishing programme offers a scholarship to fluent speakers of te reo Māori to complete the Diploma in Publishing (Applied).

Aimed at tertiary graduates who are fluent in Māori with a passion for books and language, this scholarship seeks to support the publishing of Māori-language books and resources and build skills in Māori publishing.

Recipients of the scholarship have the majority of their course fee paid, as well as the following:

  • Individual coursework tailored to build skills in editing and publishing in te reo Māori.
  • Work experience in-house with key Māori-language publishers.
  • Direct practical experience on a publication in te reo Māori, with guidance from experienced mentors.


Publishing Intern Programme

The Publishing Intern Programme offers paid work to three graduates of the Diploma in Publishing each year. It is funded by Creative New Zealand and administered by the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ).

The internship is a structured programme of mentoring for interns, which offers mutual benefit to them and their employers. It gives talented newcomers additional training after graduation to develop their confidence and experience, and it allows publishers to try out a new employee or role in their organisation and can facilitate a one-off project.

Publishers who wish to host an intern apply each year in September to PANZ. A panel from PANZ and Whitireia then selects three top interns from graduate applications and matches interns with employers.

Andrew Mason Prize for Most Promising Editor

This annual prize acknowledges and encourages editors starting out on their careers.

It has been offered by the Mason Publishing Trust each year since 2011 to a graduate of the Diploma in Publishing (Applied).

The prize remembers Andrew Mason, a well-known editor who died in 2009. Mason was a widely admired book editor who worked on some of New Zealand’s most significant publications and was literary editor of the New Zealand Listener from 1981 to 1991.