This page describes what you must do if you get and accept a New Zealand Scholarship. We congratulate those applicants who make it into our scholarship programme.

New Zealand Scholarships Policy Handbook

The handbooks are vital for all Scholars studying in New Zealand or the Pacific. You must read the relevant handbook carefully as it outlines and explains your responsibilities and expectations as a New Zealand Scholarship recipient.

From time to time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will review the New Zealand Scholarships Policy Handbooks. Changes made after review apply to all scholars, regardless of when they commence their scholarship.

Click here to download the New Zealand Scholarship Policy Handbook (NZ based study) [PDF, 902 KB]

Click here to download the New Zealand Scholarship Policy Handbook (Pacific based study) [PDF, 662 KB]

Please note that the current New Zealand Scholarships Policy Handbook for study in New Zealand has been updated in January 2020. It will be the responsibility of all scholarship recipients to familiarise themselves with the updated New Zealand Scholarships Policy Handbook for study in New Zealand.


You must meet any prerequisite conditions of your scholarship

Getting your New Zealand Scholarship may be conditional. You may need to meet some conditions before you leave your home country, and/or as soon as you arrive at your study location. Your Scholarship Letter of Offer will tell you if your scholarship comes with prerequisite conditions. If you do not meet the prerequisite conditions, we have to withdraw the offer of a scholarship.

Here are two examples of prerequisite conditions:

You must apply for all visas

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

Financial support for scholars

With a full New Zealand Scholarship, scholars receive:

  • full tuition fees
  • 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
  • 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, text books, or other study materials
  • medical insurance when you are in New Zealand
  • 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 insurance
  • 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

Your education institution will organise your travel and look after you on arrival

The International Students Office at your university or education institution will organise 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.

You attend a briefing before you leave home

If there is a New Zealand Embassy or High Commission in your country, they will give you a briefing before you leave your country. This briefing will take place at New Zealand Embassy or High Commission in your country.

If you cannot attend a briefing for whatever reason, you can download the briefing information [PDF, 16 MB]

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 programme 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 study 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 to time for orientation and to settle into your new accommodation.

You must complete your study on time

You must complete your study within the time period allocated by your education institution for your chosen academic programme.

All scholars must comply with these conditions

Scholars must meet all the conditions of a scholarship. Scholars could lose their academic scholarship if they fail to meet these conditions.

For example, all scholars must attend classes, complete compulsory assignments and sit all exams. All scholars must meet all the course requirements of their education institution on time. Your education institution offers extra academic and personal support if a scholar asks for it.

For more information on the scholarship conditions click on the relevant link below

Scholarship conditions - New Zealand based study [PDF, 199 KB]

Scholarship conditions - Pacific based study [PDF, 200 KB]

Conduct requirements of New Zealand Scholars

Scholars agree to maintain an acceptable standard of conduct while on scholarship, as specified by the Scholarship Conditions in the Letter of Scholarship Offer. The Conditions apply to the scholar from the date of departure from their home country for their country of study, until the date of arrival in their home country on completion of the scholarship.

Acceptable scholar conduct includes:

  • abiding by the laws of the study country
  • treating others with respect
  • behaving with honesty and integrity
  • acting in a manner that reflects your role as a representative of your home country

Scholars should be aware that it is a criminal offence to use violence of any kind against another person, which includes physical, sexual, or psychological violence against family members such as partners or children. It is also a crime to neglect or exploit children in your care, or to use physical discipline of any kind.

For more information on family violence and New Zealand laws, see (external link)

Academic requirements

Scholars agree to meet all of the academic requirements outlined in the Letter of Scholarship Offer and in the New Zealand Scholarships Policy Handbook. This includes attending all classes, completing all assessments that are compulsory course requirements, and sitting all exams. You are required to achieve satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the continuation criteria set by both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the academic institution.

Education institutions have duty to care for students

Your education institution must follow the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (external link)This sets minimum standards to ensure international students in New Zealand are well informed, safe, and properly cared for by their education institution.