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.

Select a region to find out if your country is eligible

As a result of COVID-19, we have had to change our focus for tertiary scholarships in 2021. This year, tertiary scholarships will be available to applicants from the Pacific only. Please see the COVID-19 updates page for further information.

  • Pacific countries

    Tertiary scholarships will only be available to applicants from the Pacific in 2021.

    A smaller number of tertiary scholarships for study in New Zealand will be offered to school leavers undertaking undergraduate study only.

    NB: You are considered a Pacific school leaver if you: a) are in your last year of secondary school; or b) finished secondary school in 2019 or 2020 and have since been enrolled in tertiary education or in a preparatory-level study programme for tertiary study. This preparatory-level programme may have been undertaken at a tertiary institution or another education facility.

    Scholarships for tertiary study in the Pacific will continue to be offered at all levels of study.  

     

    Citizens from eligible countries in the Pacific have two full scholarship options. You can choose to study in New Zealand or at a Pacific university

    Option 1: Scholarships to study in New Zealand

    Eligible Pacific countries:

    Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

    Note:  Cook Island scholars have their own scholarship managed by the Cook Islands Ministry of Education and funded by the New Zealand Government (external link)

    Note: Tokelau scholars are currently only eligible to apply for Short Term Training Scholarships

    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)

    Option 2: Scholarships to study at a Pacific university

    Eligible Pacific countries:

    Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

    Levels of study available:

    You can study these qualifications at one of four universities in Fiji, Papua New Guinea or Vanuatu:

    • Undergraduate Degree (3-4 years)
    • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
    • Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
    • Master’s Degree (1-2 years)
    • PhD (3.5 years)

    We only accept applications from citizens from eligible countries

    If your country is not on this page, you can research scholarships from other New Zealand organisations (external link)

     

    NEXT:  If you are from an eligible Pacific country, check if you meet all eligibility criteria for a New Zealand Scholarship

  • Asian countries

    As a result of COVID-19, we regret to advise that no tertiary scholarships are available in your region for the 2021 application round. 

     

  • African countries

    As a result of COVID-19, we regret to advise that no tertiary scholarships are available in your region for the 2021 application round. 

     

  • Caribbean countries

    As a result of COVID-19, we regret to advise that no tertiary scholarships are available in your region for the 2021 application round. 

  • Latin American countries

    As a result of COVID-19, we regret to advise that no tertiary scholarships are available in your region for the 2021 application round. 

  • Commonwealth countries

    As a result of COVID-19, we regret to advise that no tertiary scholarships are available for the Commonwealth for the 2021 application round.