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Choose New Zealand as your study destination and see if a scholarship is available to help you experience our high-quality education system and unbeatable lifestyle.

Why apply for a scholarship in New Zealand?

A scholarship is a great way to help pay your study and living expenses. Gaining a scholarship - whether undergraduate or postgraduate - may mean you don’t have to find part-time work, giving you more time to focus on your education.

Many scholarships for international students - including PhD scholarships and scholarships for Masters’ degrees - are offered by the New Zealand Government, other governments, educational institutions and philanthropists.

Whether it’s meeting the Prime Minister of New Zealand or networking with business leaders, gaining a scholarship can open the door to unique and exclusive experiences.

You will build lifelong connections with faculty, staff, students and fellow scholarship students - the next generation of leaders and innovators. The pastoral care from your institution will help you make the most of your time in New Zealand.

Gaining a scholarship marks you out as an exceptional high-achiever and can make you a more attractive job candidate after you graduate.

University scholarships and scholarships from other types of institutions give you a unique selling-point on your CV that can help you stand out from the crowd. Leverage your scholarship on the global job market to help you achieve the career you’re aiming for.

Scholarships are highly competitive but not all are based on academic achievement - some consider factors such as country of origin, area of study or leadership potential.

Increase your chances of success by finding a scholarship that matches your qualifications and by allowing yourself plenty of time to apply.

If you’re not able to gain a scholarship, remember that New Zealand is a value-for-money destination that allows you to offset your costs by working while you study.

Featured scholarships

Closes: 1 SEP 2016

New Zealand Excellence Awards

  • New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) is a unique initiative supporting the first year of study for students from India looking to study at world-class universities in New Zealand.
  • University applications must be submitted (to the relevant university) by 1 September 2016.

Closes: 1 Sep 2016

Dream NEW Scholarship

  • The Dream NEW Scholarship is for students in Europe looking to undertake a study abroad semester in New Zealand. This scholarship has been designed to support European students who dream big, crave adventure and set their sights on new horizons.

Hear from scholarship students

Shashank Ghai (second from left) and other scholarship students meet New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

Scholarship student meets Prime Minister

Meeting Prime Minister John Key has been a highlight of Indian student Shashank Ghai’s time in New Zealand.

Shashank, who is enrolled in a Master of Sport and Leisure Studies at the University of Waikato, is one of 10 students awarded a New Zealand India Sports Scholarship.

It’s a Government scholarship, so it’s prestigious, and it will be a big boost to my CV. I think scholarships also change the way you see yourself – they give you more self-confidence.

Shashank has already published many articles and books on his sports and rehabilitation research, and has been appointed to teach at the university.

He prepared for his time in this country by learning New Zealand Sign Language – his eighth language – and says he soon felt at home here.

“I don’t feel like I’m away from home because people have been so welcoming,” he says.

“Kiwis often say this is a small country. It is small in terms of population but big in terms of the heart.”

Shashank Ghai

Masters student

Annalisa Palmer tries out a pair of hobbit ears during her New Zealand adventure

Scholarship leads to lifelong friendships

New Zealand’s culture and environment convinced Generation Study Abroad Award student Annalisa Palmer to study here.

I wanted to go to an English-speaking country, and I like Peter Jackson films and Flight of the Conchords. I’m also into hiking, and I’d heard how beautiful New Zealand is,

Annalisa studied photography, fine arts and linguistics at Massey University in Wellington.

“Financially, the scholarship was a blessing for my family because I already had a student loan,” says Annalisa.

“The scholarship also made me more accountable. As part of my scholarship requirements I had to write regular reports on what I was doing here, which was a great way of letting my family and friends back home know what I was doing.”

Annalisa says her six months in New Zealand have made her more aware of different ways of living, changed her definition of success, and enabled her to make lifelong friendships.

“New Zealand is a special place, and I have loved my time here,” she says.

Annalisa Palmer

Study Abroad student

Jiayan Lin at a sheep show in Rotorua

Jiayan Lin meets our friendly farm animals

Academic excellence attracts Chinese student

A scholarship enabled Chinese doctoral student Jiayan Lin to study with her ideal supervisor in New Zealand.

Jiayan, who is studying for a Doctorate of Philosophy in applied linguistics, is supervised by Professor Rod Ellis at the University of Auckland.

She had read a book by Professor Ellis and heard him speak when he visited China. When Jiayan found out he lived in New Zealand, she successfully applied for a New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship so she could study with him.

“I cherish the opportunity that the scholarship has given me to study in New Zealand,” Jiayan says.

I have the ideal supervision here. Studying here has also really helped my English, and I like living somewhere that is clean, has a natural environment and is culturally diverse.

Jiayan Lin

PhD student

Hendrik Schultz hangs out with a brown skua

Scholarship advances seabird research

German PhD student Hendrik Schultz spent two months living on a remote island off the coast of New Zealand while carrying out his seabird research project.

Hendrik and his partner Rebecca, a biologist, lived in a hut with limited electricity and no internet on South East Island, part of the Chatham Islands archipelago. They used GPS tracking to gather data on the daily lives of the brown skua.

“When we tried to attach the GPS devices, the skua would dive on us to defend their territory. It was painful at times, but we love working with these charismatic birds,” says Hendrik, a student at the University of Auckland.

“I hope my study will contribute to a better understanding of these important and unique seabirds.”

Hendrik says gaining a New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship made it possible for him to focus on his research without having to work part-time.

“I have really appreciated being able to study here,” he says.

The people are super-friendly and welcoming, the Māori culture is very interesting and the nature is one of a kind. Coming to New Zealand has been a great experience.

Hendrik Schultz

PhD student

Dustin Flores tussles with a cave troll at Wellington’s Weta Workshop

Dustin Flores explores the stunning New Zealand outdoors

Embracing the Kiwi lifestyle

For student teacher Dustin Flores, studying in New Zealand was an opportunity to gain a cultural experience that would help him forge a deeper connection with the many Pacific Island students he taught back home in Utah.

It was also a chance to travel the world and explore the home of some of his favourite films: the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Gaining a Generation Study Abroad Award gave Dustin the financial backing to further his studies. He also appreciated the scholarship requirement of having to complete a journal, which gave him a chance to reflect on the experience.

Dustin, a student teacher specialising in English language arts, was placed at Hillcrest High School in Hamilton by the University of Waikato.

I've gained new ideas about education that differ from the standard American educational system that will help me accomplish my goals as an educator.

Dustin Flores

Study Abroad student

How to apply

Gaining a scholarship requires good advance planning. Improve your chances of successfully applying for a scholarships for international students by following these simple tips.

  • Check whether you are eligible

    Most scholarships have non-negotiable criteria and requirements. Don’t apply for a scholarship unless you fit all the criteria and can meet all the requirements.

    If you aren’t sure whether you meet all the criteria for a scholarship, contact the organisation that manages the scholarship to discuss your circumstances.

  • Apply for multiple scholarships concurrently

    If you wish to apply for more than one scholarship, apply for them all concurrently. Complete a separate application for each scholarship and make sure you use the correct application form for each.

  • Start the application early

    Scholarships are highly competitive, so you should start looking for funding opportunities as soon as you decide to study in New Zealand.

    Gathering together all the documentation required to apply for a scholarship can be time-consuming. Start planning well ahead of the advertised due date, particularly if you require other people to supply you with references or documentation.

  • Supply all the required information

    You may be asked to provide lots of detail in your scholarship application. This may include information about your study plans, academic performance, financial circumstances, field of study and referees.

    Make sure you have sourced all the required information. Before sending your application, double-check to ensure you haven’t forgotten to include anything.

  • Supply certified copies

    Some scholarships request “certified copies” of academic information or other documents.

    Certified copies must be stamped or endorsed as true copies of the original by someone authorised by law to take statutory declarations in your country.

    In New Zealand, people authorised to certify copies of documents include lawyers and Justices of the Peace.

  • Proofread your application

    Ask a friend or family member to proofread your application to ensure it makes sense, reads well and doesn’t contain any spelling or grammatical errors.

  • Be patient

    You may have to wait for a while to hear whether your application has been successful. If you’re still waiting to hear, chances are that the selection process isn’t yet complete.

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