New Zealand Government Scholarships 2021 build potential leaders. Our scholars leave with a world-class education, lifelong friendships, and vital skills to strengthen their careers and home countries.
A New Zealand Scholarship 2021 will change and enrich your life. Hear from our scholars why they love studying in New Zealand on scholarship.
The New Zealand Government offers New Zealand Scholarships 2021-2022 including full academic scholarships and short term training scholarships for workers to gain work skills, English skills, and workplace experience.
Everything international students need to know about how to get a New Zealand Scholarship 2021 for academic undergraduate or postgraduate study in New Zealand or the Pacific.
New Zealand Government 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.
Financial Coverage and Benefits of New Zealand Government Scholarships 2021-2022
With a fully-funded New Zealand Scholarship 2020, scholars receive:
- full tuition fees
- 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, textbooks, or other study materials
- medical insurance when you are in New Zealand
- 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
- travel insurance
- 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 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
As soon as you accept your scholarship, you must apply for a student visa for New Zealand or your Pacific destination. The visa application takes two to three months, typically from September-November. This process involves medical tests.
You can bring family with you and they need a valid visa too
Your education institution will organize your travel and look after you on arrival
The International Students Office at your university or education institution will organize travel to your study location and your accommodation. They will also look after you on arrival in your study location. They can answer any questions you may have about your courses, financial allowances or payments.
Your study starts the year after you apply
Each year, we conduct one round of scholarship applications for each country.
If you are successful, you will start your study in semester one in February or March of the following year. (The exception is when your study program is only available from semester two.) Check the website of your education institution for the exact start dates for your courses. You must be available to start your studies on time.
The international student office at your preferred education institution will make sure you arrive at your study location before your courses start. You will have time for orientation and to settle into your new accommodation.
Levels of study available:
You can study these undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at one of eleven New Zealand universities or education institutions:
- Undergraduate Degree (3-4 years)
- Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
- Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
- Master’s Degree (1-2 years)
- Ph.D. (3.5 years)
- Undergraduate Degree (Timor-Leste only).
Eligible Commonwealth countries:
|Africa||Botswana, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.|
|Caribbean||Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent, and the Grenadines.|
|Asia||Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia.|
|Pacific||Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.|
Are you Eligible to apply for the New Zealand Government Scholarship?
To apply for a New Zealand Scholarship, you must meet all of the eligibility criteria.
- 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
You must complete the eligibility questionnaire before you can apply for a Scholarship.
Age Requirments for New Zealand Scholars
To apply for a full New Zealand Scholarship, you must be 18 years old or older when you start your scholarship. This means if you are 17 years of age when you apply, you must have your 18th birthday before you start your scholarship in semester one.
Exception for Samoa: Applicants applying for the Samoa Foundation intake can be 17 years of age when they commence their scholarship.
There is no upper age limit for applicants. This means if you are 18 and over, you can apply. However, we do prefer applicants who are under 40 years of age for New Zealand Scholarships for university or tertiary students.
Immigration and Visa Requirments for New Zealand Scholars
Only people who successfully get a New Zealand Scholarship need to apply for a student visa. But all applicants should check if they are likely to meet the student visa requirements before applying for a scholarship.
Check visa requirements before you apply for a scholarship
You only need to apply for a student visa, if we offer you a New Zealand Scholarship and you accept that offer. But before you apply for a New Zealand Scholarship, we strongly recommend that you check the student visa requirements on the relevant immigration website, listed below. This is because you can only study abroad on scholarship if you successfully get a student visa.
When and how to apply for a student visa
As soon as a scholar accepts a New Zealand Scholarship, they must apply for a student visa on the relevant immigration website below. Once you accept the New Zealand Scholarship we recommend you start your visa application immediately. The visa application process can take two to three months and it involves medical tests.
If a scholarship recipient does not get a student visa, we will have to withdraw the scholarship.
Student visa requirements and visa applications for study in New Zealand
If your scholarship application is for study in New Zealand, then you must meet these visa requirements:
Scholars can bring their family to New Zealand, but we do not cover the costs. Each family member will need to apply for the relevant New Zealand visa:
How to Apply for a New Zealand Government Scholarship 2021-2022
The New Zealand Scholarship application process differs depending on which country or region you are from. You can apply the application opening and closing dates for your country.
1. Pacific Countries: Apply to study in New Zealand
Kiribati has a completely different application process
2. Pacific Countries: Apply for a pacific university
If you are an eligible citizen from Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, you can apply for a New Zealand Scholarship to study at one of four universities in Fiji, Papua New Guinea or Vanuatu.
The scholarship application process depends on which country you are from:
- Apply online if you are from Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu
- Kiribati citizens have a different application process
3. Asian Countries: How to apply
Applications to study in New Zealand
Eligible citizens from Asia including Timor Leste who want to study abroad in New Zealand can apply for New Zealand Scholarships online:
4. African Countries: How to apply
Eligible citizens from Africa who want to study abroad in New Zealand can apply for New Zealand Scholarships online:
5. Caribbean Countries: How to apply
Eligible citizens from the Caribbean who want to study abroad in New Zealand can apply for New Zealand Scholarships online:
6. Latin American Countries: How to apply
Eligible citizens from Latin America who want to study abroad in New Zealand can apply for New Zealand Scholarships online:
How we select scholars?
Selecting New Zealand Scholars can take six to ten months from the time scholarship applications close. Applicants must check their email frequently for progress updates.