The publishing programme is involved in various initiatives that support students to undertake the course and help them continue to develop their skills after graduation. These initiatives are:

Before you start your course:

 Mason Publishing Scholarship 

The AV and MJ Mason Trust offers an annual publishing scholarship. Established by Andrew Mason, a highly respected book editor, the scholarship is offered to one student studying publishing each year. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need and is aimed at students who would not otherwise be able to study publishing. The scholarship aims to cover approximately 75% of the tuition fee for one student studying full time.

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.

The Penguin Random House Māori and Pasifika Publishing Scholarship

To reduce barriers to equity and diversity, and to increase inclusivity in publishing in Aotearoa, Penguin Random House and Whitireia Publishing are offering a scholarship for a Māori or Pasifika student to study the Graduate Diploma in Publishing.

Applications must be sent to by 29 January 2021.

After you start your course:

Creative New Zealand Publishing Internships Initiative

This internship offers paid work to three graduates of the Graduate 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. It gives talented newcomers additional support 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).