New Zealand Scholarships foster and build future leaders, as well as equipping you with skills and knowledge to benefit your home country.

With a New Zealand Scholarship, you'll get fully funded tuition and other financial benefits, as well as personal and academic support. While studying in New Zealand, you’ll enjoy the benefits of our world-class educational facilities and share in our unique Kiwi lifestyle.

In return, you’ll undertake to return home to share your knowledge and skills to benefit your country. You'll also need to fulfil your obligations as a scholarship recipient. Also read What we expect from you.

Why we give scholarships

New Zealand Scholarships are part of the New Zealand Aid Programme. Our aid is delivered to develop shared prosperity and stability in the Pacific and beyond, drawing on the best of New Zealand’s knowledge and skills. Read more about our approach to aid.

We support sustainable development in developing countries to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.

New Zealand Scholarships help to build a cadre of well-educated and highly capable people who can contribute to better development outcomes and help generate sustainable growth in developing countries. We also want to identify innovators and potential leaders, and provide them with opportunities to develop their skills and networks so they can contribute to their home country.

New Zealand Scholarships build a lifetime connection between scholars and New Zealand. Our scholarships also help to build strong and enduring links between New Zealand and partner countries.

Financial benefits

Our scholarships provide the following financial support:

  • full tuition fees
  • living allowance (stipend) - NZ$480 per week. This is  a contribution to basic living expenses
  • an establishment allowance - NZ$3000. This is a contribution to assist with set up costs in New Zealand - for example  it can be used towards accommodation expenses, text books, study materials
  • medical and travel insurance
  • travel to and from your home country - this is for travel from your home country at the start of the scholarship, and for you to return to your home country at the end of your scholarship. Note that we offer our scholarships for the shortest amount of time needed for you to complete the academic programme.
  • home leave or reunion travel for some scholars
  • assistance with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate research students

Bringing your family with you

If you bring family with you to New Zealand, you'll need to pay all their expenses. But you may be eligible for some non-financial help for immediate family members. Examples of the help available include a work visa (subject to Immigration New Zealand requirements), access to New Zealand health care, and access to New Zealand primary and secondary education.

If you take family members with you to Pacific countries, you may be entitled to an additional dependent allowance for the duration of your scholarship.

Find out more about Support for family members. 

Personal and academic support

International student advisors at your chosen place of study can help you with any issues relating to your scholarship, study or well-being.

When studying in New Zealand you'll also have the assurance of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students which sets minimum standards to ensure international students in New Zealand are well informed, safe, and properly cared for by their education provider.

When coming to New Zealand you’ll have a pre-departure briefing in your home country, and you’ll get support when you arrive. We also offer a programme in New Zealand to help you prepare for academic studies here.

You’ll also get the benefits of studying and living in New Zealand – with a top quality education, specialist subjects and expertise, a choice of large or small cities, and many cultures.

Studying and living in New Zealand

New Zealand is a safe, peaceful and welcoming country, with a reputation for safety, quality of life and government transparency. We’re relaxed and honest, and we’re open to different lifestyles and opinions. New Zealanders value work-life balance so you’ll have time for play as well as study.

A top quality education

All New Zealand universities are ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide by QS World University Rankings. We're in the top 50 in 19 subjects including agriculture and forestry, accounting and finance, civil and structural engineering, education and law.

Our universities and polytechnics celebrate diversity, new thinking and multi-cultural perspectives. You’ll be encouraged to think critically, challenge ideas, and evaluate information so that you can apply what you’ve learned.

For more information about the New Zealand education system visit: (external link)

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (external link)

Specialist subjects and expertise

New Zealand is known for innovation and expertise in: renewable energy, disaster risk management, agriculture and agribusiness, public sector management, private sector development, environmental management, indigenous knowledge and development, and innovative business.

Our universities and polytechnics offer subjects and specialist qualifications in these and other subject areas, and work closely with the business community to include students in research and development.

A choice of large or small cities

Our university and polytechnic campuses are spread throughout the country - in both the larger main centres and smaller cities. Wherever you go, you’ll have all the amenities you’d expect in a modern urban environment.

Find out more about where you can study.

Many cultures

We value and respect our Māori heritage, we embrace Pacific cultures (Auckland is the world’s largest Polynesian city), and we welcome people from many cultures around the world.

Live and learn in English

English is spoken throughout New Zealand, and your study will give you the chance to live and learn in an English-language environment.