Applications for the 2021 Ria McBride Public Service Award are now open. Applications close on Monday, 31 May 2021. Find out about the application process and who is eligible to apply.

About the Award

The Ria McBride Public Service Award is sponsored by Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission and is administered by the Leadership Development Centre (LDC).

The aim of the award is to help women currently working in the New Zealand Public Service to progress their career aspirations through tertiary study.

The spirit of the award is to support women who demonstrate personal fortitude and leadership potential and who generally haven’t had the opportunity or means to pursue or complete tertiary study. This lack of formal qualifications may have prevented such applicants from progressing their leadership contribution to the Public Service.

Māori and Pacific women and women with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Women pursuing a second chance at completing formal education are encouraged to apply.

Who can apply

The Ria McBride Award is open to women who are current employees of a core New Zealand Government department or departmental agency (as listed on the Te Kawa Mataaho website).

You must also be a citizen of Aotearoa New Zealand and be currently living in New Zealand.

Applicants need the written support of your Chief Executive or a senior leader, and will need to provide details for two referees.

Previous winners of a Ria McBride Award are not eligible to apply.

Before you apply

Before starting an application please read the Ria McBride Award flyer for important information about Ria McBride, the award funding, our selection process and the supporting documents you'll need to attach to your application.

Ria McBride Public Service Award Flyer (PDF 140KB)

Ria McBride Public Service Award Flyer (web version)

How to apply

Interested applicants who meet all of the eligibility criteria for the award should download and complete the following application form.

Download the 2021 Ria McBride Award application form (PDF 362KB)

Completed applications and supporting documents must be received by the LDC before COB on 31 May 2021.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application before the end of June 2021.

If you know a woman in your agency who wishes to study and develop, please encourage them to apply.

If you have any questions please email Kate Wakelin at LDC.