New Zealand Scholarships

New Zealand Scholarships build potential leaders. Our scholars leave with a world-class education, lifelong friendships and vital skills to strengthen their careers and home countries.

2018 New Zealand Scholarship students completion ceremony

New Zealand Scholarships are funded through the New Zealand Aid Programme and administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to help build sustainable development in partner countries and a lifetime connection with New Zealand.

The purpose is for candidates to gain knowledge and skills through postgraduate study in specific subject areas that will assist in the development of their home country. Awardees are required to return to their home country for at least two years after the completion of their scholarship to apply these new skills and knowledge in government, civil society, or private business organisations.

Financial support

With a full New Zealand Scholarship, scholars receive:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Return economy air travel and travel insurance
  • Medical insurance when you are in New Zealand
  • Provision for students to meet basic living costs
  • An establishment allowance to help with set-up costs in New Zealand
  • Help with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate students

The partners of students may be eligible for a work visa that allows them to live and work in New Zealand for the duration of their partner’s study.

Am I eligible?

You can visit the New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade website to check if your country is eligible for a New Zealand Scholarship.

How do I apply?

For information on the application process, visit How to apply for a New Zealand Scholarship.

Why study in New Zealand?

International scholars value New Zealand's friendly people, its world class education, the approachable lecturers, and the opportunity to develop critical thinking in a safe and multicultural environment. We encourage students looking to further your learning and careers, to apply for a New Zealand Scholarship.