We offer scholarships to people from the Pacific and some countries in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Eligible countries and regions

The New Zealand Aid Programme offers scholarships to students from over 90 countries around the world:

Regional Programmes Countries
The Pacific      Cook Islands Federated States of Micronesia Fiji 
Kiribati French Pacific Territories Marshall Islands
Palau Papua New Guinea Nauru
Niue  Samoa  Solomon Islands
Timor-Leste Tokelau Tonga
Tuvalu Vanuatu  
ASEAN   Cambodia Indonesia Laos
Malaysia Myanmar Philippines
Thailand Viet Nam  

Asia and the Middle East

(Rest of World)  

Bhutan Brunei China
India Mongolia Jordan 
 Maldives Nepal
Pakistan
Singapore Sri Lanka  
            Africa          Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
      The Caribbean Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
      Latin America Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.

Eligibility criteria checklist

Applicants from all eligible countries must meet the following conditions to be eligible for a New Zealand Scholarship:

  1. I will be at least 18 years old at the time I start the scholarship
  2. The country I am living in is in the list of eligible countries
  3. I am a citizen of the country I am living in
  4. I have been living in this country for at least the last two years (unless you are a member of the diplomatic corps or a dependent of a member of the diplomatic corps)
  5. I confirm that I am not currently serving in the military
  6. I want to study in New Zealand; or
  7. I want to study in the Pacific and I am from Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu
  8. I want to study at a level that is listed as available for my country for the scholarship that I am applying for
  9. I expect to meet Immigration requirements for a student visa to New Zealand or the Pacific country I will study in (i.e. medical checks, etc.).  Please check the criteria for each country below:
  10. I expect to meet the academic entry requirements (including English language ability) to get into my preferred programme of study
  11. I confirm that I have not been previously terminated from a New Zealand Government Scholarship because of poor academic performance or personal conduct
  12. I can demonstrate that the study I want to do will enable me to contribute to the sustainable development of my home country
  13. I am committed to return to my country for a minimum of two years at the end of my scholarship to contribute to my country’s development
  14. I confirm that I am not a citizen or permanent resident of any of the following countries:
    • New Zealand (excluding Samoa)
    • Israel
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Japan
    • USA
    • Any European Union country
    • Qatar
    • United Kingdom
    • Canada
    • Saudi Arabia
    • United Arab Emirate
  15. I have at least two years of work experience (part time or full time, paid or voluntary) unless I am applying straight from school or during my first year of tertiary study (for countries offered undergraduate study)

What if I don’t meet the criteria?

There are a range of other scholarships available to international scholars for study in New Zealand. Please visit the  Study in New Zealand (external link) website for more information.

You may also wish to check the Scholarships Office of the education institution at which you wish to study.

English proficiency

I don’t have an IELTS or TOEFL score. Can I still apply for a scholarship?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. TOEFL is the Test of English as a Foreign Language. If you are awaiting the result of an IELTS or TOEFL test, you can note this on your scholarship application form.

If IETLS or TOEFL testing is not available in your region or country you can note this on your scholarship application form (Pacific islands only).