The New Zealand Government offers New Zealand Scholarships to eligible citizens of developing countries. We offer full scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate academic study in New Zealand and in the Pacific. We also offer short term training scholarships for eligible workers to gain work skills, English skills and work experience.
On official website, you can find out who is eligible to apply, and about the scholarship application and selection process. This website also describes what subjects you can study at which approved education institutions and universities in New Zealand and in the Pacific.
Between the application opening and closing dates, applicants can access the relevant scholarship application form.
International tertiary scholars can also learn what financial support they will get from a full scholarship and about the conditions of their academic scholarship. They can find links to the student visa application and how to apply for admission to an approved education institution or university.
Financial support for scholars
With a full New Zealand Scholarship, scholars receive:
- full tuition fees
- living allowance (a stipend) of NZ$491 per week. This will help with a scholar’s basic living expenses, but it is not enough to cover the living costs of any family members.
- an establishment allowance of NZ$3000. This is to help with set-up costs in New Zealand. For example, you can use it for accommodation expenses, text books, or other study materials.
- medical insurance when you are in New Zealand
- travel to and from your own country. This is for travel from your own country at the start of the scholarship, and for return travel at the end of your scholarship.
- travel insurance
- travel home during your scholarship (We allow for one or two trips home, depending on the length of your scholarship.)
- help with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate students.
Thing To Do Before Applying:
1. To apply for an international New Zealand Scholarship, you must meet all of the eligibility criteria. You can complete the online questionnaire below to confirm whether you can apply.
The Eligibility questionnaire will check in detail if you meet all of the eligibility criteria. The Eligibility questionnaire will check things such as:
- Which country you hold citizenship in
- How long you have been living in your home country
- How much work experience you have
- Whether we provide scholarships to your country
- Whether your intended study aligns to levels and sectors provided to your country
Take online eligibility questionnaire (External Link)
2. New Zealand Scholarships are available to citizens from eligible countries. If your country is not on the list, then the New Zealand Government does not offer any academic scholarships to you.
Check if your country is eligible for a New Zealand Scholarship (External Link)
Check the Research study subject (External Link)
4. Research which courses to study. Scholars can study abroad in New Zealand at one of eight universities or three institutes of technology. Citizens from eligible Pacific countries can also choose from four Pacific universities
Check Research which courses to study (External Link)
For other need to do please visit the official website for information
How to Apply:
- Before you start your application, you need to complete an online eligibility checklist (Requirement no. 1). When you successfully complete the eligibility checklist you will be given an eligibility code. You will need your eligibility code in order to start your application form – so please make a note of it at the end of your eligibility checklist.
- To apply for a Scholarship online you will need a RealMe login. You
will use this login any time that you want to access your online
Scholarship application, and can also use the same login for other New
Zealand Government services – including applying for a Student Visa
through Immigration NZ – if you are successful in being awarded a
first time that you login you will also need to register with NZ
Scholarships online. To do this you will need to provide us with basic
details such as your name, email address and the eligibility code from
Step 1 above.
You will be taken directly to the Scholarships registration page once you have created your RealMe login.
If an intake is not currently open for applications, you can pre-register and receive an email alert when applications open.
- Once logged in and registered you will be able to apply for any New
Zealand Scholarship intake that is open for your country. You can keep
returning to work on your application by using the RealMeLogin access
button below. Make your you’ve read the Application Guidance section of our website. It has essential information and helpful tips on how to complete this online application.
You can also update your email address at any time and return to view your submitted application. Use the RealMe Login below
|Application Group||Eligible countries||Form type||Dates|
|Group 1||A: Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina
B: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil
C: Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba
D: Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic
E: Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eswatini, Ethiopia
G: Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana
H-K: Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya
L: Lao PDR, Lesotho
M: Malawi, Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau), Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar
N: Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Niue
P-R: Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda
S: St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa (Open Category), Senegal, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Suriname
T: Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Tuvalu
U-Z: Uganda, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
|Apply online only||Opens: Saturday 1 February 2020, 12.01 am NZ Time.
Closes: Friday 28 February 2020, 12.00 pm NZ Time.
|Group 2||Kiribati||Paper applications can be collected from the New Zealand High Commission.
Applications must be submitted to the New Zealand High Commission.
New Zealand High Commission
PO Box 53
Tel: +686 21400
Fax: +686 21402
Unique process with paper form
|Opens: Monday 10 February 2020, 9.00 am local time.
Closes: Friday 20 March 2020 4.00 pm local time.
|Group 3||Samoa (Foundation)||Unique process
||Dates will be confirmed by April 2020|
|Group 4||Commonwealth countries||Unique process with paper form||Opens: Monday 3 February 2020, 12.01 am NZ Time.|
Closes: Friday 27 March 2020, 12.00 pm NZ Time.
Varies each country (March 2020)
Open February 2020