New Zealand Scholarships contribute to equitable economic growth and poverty reduction in your country. Through Scholarships for tertiary education and skills development, New Zealand contributes to a growing population of well-educated and highly-skilled people with the necessary abilities and qualifications to make a real and positive difference to their country and communities and who will generate and sustain economic growth for your country.
New Zealand Scholarships are offered in key priority subject areas that are jointly agreed with the Government of your country. Scholarships provide an opportunity for people to obtain qualifications at participating New Zealand universities and technical institutions.
New Zealand Pacific Scholarships (NZPS) are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate study in New Zealand. NZPS applications are due by 31 May of each year (please note there is a pre-applicaition process).
New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships (NZRDS) are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate study at a Pacific based tertiary institution. NZRDS applications are due by 31 May of each year (please note there is a pre-application process).
Short Term Training Awards (STTA) are available for vocational and skills-based training in New Zealand for a period of less than one year. STTA applications can be made at any time of the year.
Scholarships are offered in specific subject areas that are relevant to the development needs and employment opportunities of your country. Scholarships are available for the following subjects:
The following types of qualifications are available under New Zealand Pacific Scholarships:
The following types of training are available under STTA:
The three Scholarship schemes available are:
For university study (undergraduate and postgraduate), apply for a NZPS
Up to 18 available annually (12 undergraduate and 6 postgraduate)
For university study (undergraduate and postgraduate), apply for a NZRDS
Up to 24 available annually
For shorter term workplace or vocational training apply for a STTA
Up to 22 available annually
For information about New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships, please contact the Training and Scholarships Coordination Unit (TSCU), Ministry of Educationand for further information, see The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan website.
To apply for a New Zealand Scholarship follow the following steps:
New Zealand Scholarships are offered to candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to your country and who have the motivation and ability to contribute to your country's social and economic development after completing their Scholarship.
Candidates must also have strong academic or vocational skills and leadership experience or potential.
Studying in New Zealand will also give you the opportunity for personal growth and unique experiences, and will give you life-long linkages to New Zealand.
Scholarships can range from one month to four years in length.
Short duration Scholarships enable you to gain relevant skills without being out of the workforce for an extended period. Through the STTA, you can undertake an internship in a private or public sector organisation, complete a Certificate or carry out Professionals to complete an existing qualification.
Undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications enable you to come away with a qualification which will be the foundation for your career.
Awards are open to candidates from government, civil society, private business organisations and qualified secondary school leavers. To be eligible, applicants must:
Preference will be given to the following applicants:
A high standard of English is required. New Zealand tertiary education institutions set their own admission requirements for English language proficiency. All applicants should check the IELTS (International English Language Testing System, academic stream) or TOEFL (Testing of English as a Foreign Language) score required for admission to their selected New Zealand education institution.
Candidates who show particularly strong developmental relevance and applicability may be able to receive three months’ English language training in New Zealand prior to starting their main academic qualification. Candidates who are applying for undergraduate study and have an IELTS result of 5.5 overall with no band less than 5.0, and candidates who are applying for postgraduate study and have an IELTS result of 6.0 overall, with no band less than 5.5, should therefore still consider applying for a Scholarship.
Many people considering studying in New Zealand start by researching New Zealand institutions and checking out the qualifications that can assist in making a contribution to the development needs of your country.
The Study in New Zealand website has lots of links with good advice on what to do before you leave and how to hit the ground running once you land.
Detailed study options in the priority subject areas are available on the Study in New Zealand website.
University prospectuses may also be obtained directly from tertiary institutions or the New Zealand High Commission may have copies.
Some examples of postgraduate qualifications are shown in the information sheets at the bottom of the page. For information on single-year courses, click here.
New Zealand’s Universities and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) are committed to maintaining well established international links and to meeting international standards of education. They undertake significant, ongoing research projects in order to boost their knowledge bases. There are eight government-funded universities and 18 ITPs, all of them internationally respected for their academic and research performance.
All of New Zealand’s tertiary institutions offer a broad range of subjects for undergraduate, masters and doctoral (PhD) degrees in commerce, science and the humanities. Each university has its own specialist subjects such as medicine, engineering, law, veterinary science, agriculture and environmental studies.
A number of universities have more than one campus, often located in different cities, and some have overseas programmes. Our universities also work closely with the business community, in New Zealand and overseas, to include students in leading-edge research and development.
It is important to find a tertiary institution that will meet your personal as well as academic needs. Each institution specialises in different subjects. At some institutions, most students live on campus, and at others, most students live independently off-site. Some institutions are in New Zealand’s largest cities, and others are in smaller cities. Visit the websites of institutions you are interested in, or ask them to send you information about student life at their institution and in their city to help you decide.
New Zealand Pacific Scholarships are offered at:
New Zealand Regional Scholarships are offered at:
For more information on STTA Scholarships, contact Skills New Zealand.
New Zealand has world class education institutions that offer internationally recognised qualifications. Successful applicants will have access to excellent academic knowledge, quality facilities and enjoy a learning environment that celebrates diversity, new thinking and multi-cultural perspectives. New Zealand Scholarships cover:
Some scholars may also be eligible for:
Support is provided for the awardee only and is not sufficient to cover costs associated with supporting any dependents of the awardee. However dependents may live in New Zealand with the awardee if you have extra funds available to support them, and if the dependents meet the requirements of Immigration New Zealand, including evidence of funds. The partners of students are eligible for a work visa that allows them to live and work in New Zealand for the duration of their partner’s study
All applicants who are offered a New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarship will be required to sign a contract with the New Zealand Government declaring they will comply with the terms and conditions of the Scholarship. The terms and conditions include:
For New Zealand Pacific Scholarships – school leavers and in-service candidates
For New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships:
For Short Term Training Awards:
For Commonwealth Scholarships:
1. After the closing date, all complete applications for Scholarships will be assessed taking into account the following criteria:
2. Applicants will be advised as to whether they have been shortlisted or whether their application was unsuccessful.
3. Shortlisted Scholarship applicants will be advised whether they will be required to attend an interview and undertake English language tests. Please ensure that you respond to any requests for additional information in a timely manner to ensure your application can be considered for a Scholarship.
4. Shortlisted candidates will be advised whether or not they have been awarded a scholarship. Letters of Offer for in-service applicants are typically issued in October and November each year.
For further information and an EOI form, please contact:
New Zealand High Commission
Tel: + 678 22933
Fax: + 678 22518
Training and Scholarships Coordination Unit
Private Mail Bag 9059
Tel: +678 23708
Fax: +678 25936
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