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New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)

Purpose of award

The scholarship aims to attract and retain the best international researchers to New Zealand. The scholarship provides full tuition fees and a living stipend for up to 3 years.

Value of the Scholarship

The NZIDRS covers the following for a TOTAL of three years (36 months):

  • New Zealand University annual tuition fees and associated student levies
  • An annual living stipend of NZ$25,000 per year (tax free)
  • Medical insurance coverage up to NZ$600 annually

Selection criteria

Who Can Apply?

The NZIDRS is a prestigious, highly competitive scholarship. It is awarded based on academic excellence and the benefit of the candidate’s proposed research to New Zealand. Recipients of this award will have an academic record placing them within the top 5% of PhD candidates worldwide.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for the NZIDRS you must meet ALL five eligibility criteria.

These criteria are non-negotiable.

You must hold a minimum grade equivalent to a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale OR an A to A+ average in your most recent or highest post graduate tertiary qualification

You must have a confirmed, non-conditional offer of place for a (direct-start) PhD programme at a New Zealand university

If you have commenced your PhD studies in New Zealand, your start date must be after 01 July 2016

You must conduct your PhD study in New Zealand (not from a distance)

You must not hold citizenship or PR status in New Zealand or Australia.

Selection Criteria

The NZIDRS are awarded based on academic excellence and the impact of the PhD research for New Zealand. Applications must propose research that has a clear, direct and tangible positive effect on:

New Zealand’s economy, in terms of international trade and business development in key sectors, OR

New Zealand’s population in terms of health and safety, OR

Research and scholarship in either of the above two areas

Approved Disciplines

Applications are welcomed from eligible candidates undertaking relevant research in any discipline.

Approved Universities

Recipients can undertake PhD study at any of New Zealand’s eight Universities, all of which rank within the world’s top 500:

AUT University, Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington.

Number of awards offered

Normally 8 awards are made


Fees, stipend, levvies, medical coverage (see "What conditions"..below)

Tenure of award

The scholarship supports 36 months (3 years) of study only.

Closing dates for applications


General Information

How do students apply?

Applications are now open and must be submitted online using the following link below:

The deadline for this scholarship is 30 August 2017


Application Form

Additional information

Applying to Study in New Zealand

Education New Zealand (ENZ) is not a university or an immigration agency. We are a government body centred on the international education sector of New Zealand. ENZ cannot facilitate admission to a New Zealand institution or obtaining an entry visa. All candidates are responsible for their own university admission and visa process.

Our website is a great place to start your New Zealand education journey - http://www.studyinnewzealand.com/.

For detailed advice and instruction regarding course selection and enrolment, you need to contact your chosen institution, or institutions, directly. The institution website is usually the best place to start. In order to apply for the NZIDRS, you must have already received a non-conditional offer of place for PhD study at a New Zealand university.


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