5. How to apply for a New Zealand Scholarship
The New Zealand Scholarship application process differs depending on which country or region you are from. You can apply between the application opening and closing dates for your country.
Select your region to find the application process for your country
The technical issues that we were experiencing with the application portal have now been resolved. Thank you for your patience and we apologise for any inconvenience. Please note that there are no changes to the closing dates.
Applications to study in New Zealand
Eligible citizens from the Pacific who want to study in New Zealand can apply for New Zealand Scholarships online:
Kiribati has a completely different application process
Cook Islands scholars apply on their Ministry of Education website
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:
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:
Eligible citizens from Africa who want to study abroad in New Zealand can apply for New Zealand Scholarships online:
Eligible citizens from the Caribbean who want to study abroad in New Zealand can apply for New Zealand Scholarships online:
Eligible citizens from Latin America who want to study abroad in New Zealand can apply for New Zealand Scholarships online:
Eligible citizens from the Commonwealth who want to study abroad in New Zealand can apply for a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship.
To apply, contact the nominating agency in your country to request a paper application form. Contact details provided by each nominating agency can be found here [PDF, 133 KB].
Post or deliver your completed application form back to the nominating agency in your country before the application closing date.
The nominating agency in each country will then select only two applicants as nominated candidates and these applications will be sent to MFAT by 3 May 2019 for consideration.
Please note the following:
- MFAT has sent information on the selection process and copies of the application form to the addresses provided by the nominating agencies, MFAT takes no responsibility should nominating agencies not receive these.
- MFAT does not have control over whether individual nominating agencies choose to take part in the selection process for NZ Commonwealth Scholarships, this means that although your country may be listed as an eligible country for NZ Commonwealth Scholarships, the nominating agency may decide not to issue you with an application form.
- Nominating agencies have been given instructions that MFAT will not accept late applications; any applications for nominated candidates that are received by MFAT after 3 May will be declined.
Tips for completing the paper application form
- Write in English: We do not accept applications in other languages.
- Legible handwriting please: Write tidily with blue or black pen so we can read your handwriting. We may not assess illegible applications.
- Check your work: Make sure your answers make sense. Use correct 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.