New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship (NZIDRS)

Please note this scholarship is not available in 2018.

What is it?

The New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships provide financial support for international students undertaking PhD study at New Zealand universities.
Funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand, the scholarships aim to:

  • Attract top international students.
  • Maximise the research capability, and output of New Zealand tertiary providers.
  • Build deeper education partnerships with participating countries and regions.
  • Enhance the international profile and reputation of New Zealand's tertiary education institutions.

What does it cover?

  • University tuition fees and associated student levies for 3 years.
  • An annual living stipend of NZ$25,000 or NZ$2083.33 per month for 36 months.
  • Medical insurance coverage up to NZ$600 annually for 3 years.

The average value of the scholarships varies depending upon the institution you are attending and area of study. Additional funds are not available to support accompanying dependents.

Who is eligible?

Applications will be considered from international doctoral candidates including those who are already in the process of applying for entry to a New Zealand university. A limited number of scholarships are available to students who are already enrolled in a New Zealand university.
To be eligible for a scholarship, students must:

  • be a citizen of any country except New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
  • hold a minimum equivalent 3.6/4.0 GPA or A/A+ average in your most recent or highest postgraduate tertiary qualification.
  • conduct your PhD study in New Zealand (not from a distance).
  • meet the requirements for direct entry into a PhD programme at a New Zealand university. This includes; having completed the required academic qualifications for direct entry and meeting the requirements for English language proficiency.
  • if you have already commenced your PhD studies in New Zealand, your start date must have been after 15 January of the year of application.

Selection criteria

The scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and the impact of the proposed research for New Zealand. Research projects should have a tangible, positive effect on:

  • New Zealand’s economy, in terms of international trade and business development in key sectors.
  • New Zealand’s population in terms of health and safety.
  • Research and scholarship in the above two areas.

How do I apply?

Please follow the steps under "How to apply" on the Education New Zealand website.

Closing date

Applications must be received by Education New Zealand (ENZ) in Wellington, New Zealand by 5pm on the 15 July annually. In those years where the 15th falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted until 5pm on the Monday immediately following.

Please note this scholarship is not available in 2018.

More information

For further information or clarification about the NZIDR Scholarship programme, contact the ENZ Scholarships Manager at:
or visit New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships.