Apply online for a New Zealand Scholarship
Follow these steps to apply for a New Zealand Scholarship using our online application system.
Eligible applicants can access the New Zealand Scholarships online application system from the application opening date for their country.
Follow these four steps:
Step 1: Confirm your eligibility
Complete the Online Eligibility Test to see if you are eligible to apply. If the Online Eligibility Test confirms that you are eligible, you will get an eligibility code (number).
This eligibility code displays on your screen at the end of the test. You need this eligibility code in Step 3. Please write down your eligibility code.
Step 2: Create a login to access New Zealand government forms online
To access any online form for a New Zealand government department, first you need to register online. This registration system is called RealMe. You will need a RealMe login (username and password) to access the online New Zealand Scholarship application form. You also need the same RealMe login to apply for a student visa if you get a scholarship.
Please remember your RealMe username and password. You need this login to view, edit and submit your New Zealand Scholarship application form.
Note: You will not need to verify your RealMe account with a post office. This is only necessary for New Zealanders.
Step 3: Register with New Zealand Scholarships online application system
Use your eligibility code from Step 1 to register online with the New Zealand Scholarships online application system.
Note: Steps 2 and 3 require you to register with two different IT systems.
Step 4: Complete and submit your application before the closing date
Use your RealMe login to access the New Zealand Scholarship online application system anytime between the opening and closing dates for your country.
- Write in English: We do not accept applications in other languages.
- Check your work: Make sure your answers make sense. Use correct English grammar, punctuation and spelling.
- Keep answers concise: Make sure each answer is within the maximum word limit specified on the form.
- Don’t cheat or plagiarise: We will reject your application if there is evidence your work is not your own work or other people have helped you with your answers.
Throughout the selection process, we contact applicants by email. It is very important your email address is correct on the application form. It is also important that you check your email regularly. You must reply to us promptly, otherwise you may miss updates. If you fail to reply promptly, you may lose your chance of a scholarship.
Check your email address is correct on your application form.
You can change your email address after you submit your application
If your email address changes after you submit your application form, then follow these steps:
- Log in to the New Zealand Scholarships online application system using your RealMe login
- Click the Profile button
- Click the Edit button to change your email address.
The online application form is only available between the opening and closing dates for your country.
This website answers the common questions we get from applicants. We have limited human resources to respond to enquiries from applicants. If you have carefully read all the scholarship information on this website, and you still have unanswered questions, use this contact form (external link).