We offer scholarships to people from developing countries in the Pacific and some countries in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. We look for scholars who are motivated to make a difference at home, and are keen to foster relations with New Zealand now and in the future.



Eligible countries and regions

We offer scholarships to students from over 90 countries. Read your country page below to see what types of scholarships are available to you, and which study areas we want scholars to apply for.

Eligible countries (links to Country Pages)

Bangladesh  Indonesia Nepal  Sri Lanka 
Bhutan Jordan  Niue  Thailand
Brunei Kiribati  Pakistan  Timor-Leste
Cambodia Laos  Palau  Tokelau
Cook Islands Malaysia  Papua New Guinea  Tonga 
Federated States of Micronesia  Marshall Islands  Philippines  Tuvalu 
Fiji Mongolia Samoa Vanuatu 
French Pacific Territories  Myanmar  Singapore  Viet Nam 
India Nauru Solomon Islands   

If your country is not listed above, check the 'Eligible regions' table below.

The region pages list countries that are eligible for different types of scholarship.

Eligible regions (links to Region Pages)
Africa Latin America 
Caribbean South Asia

Eligibility criteria checklist

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

I will be at least 18 years old at the time I start the scholarship. 
I am a citizen of a participating country (as listed above) and I am residing in and applying for a scholarship from my country of citizenship. 
I confirm that I am not also a citizen or permanent resident of any the following countries: New Zealand, Australia, Israel, South Korea, Japan, USA, any European Union country, Qatar, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (Note: This criteria does not apply to people from Niue, Cook Islands and Tokelau who are New Zealand citizens, and it also does not apply to NZ-Samoan dual citizens.)
On 31 December 2018, my country will have been my main country of residence for the last two years or more (unless you are a member of the diplomatic corps or a dependent of a member of the diplomatic corps).
I confirm that I am not currently serving in the military.
I expect to meet immigration requirements for a student visa to New Zealand or the Pacific Island country I will study in (i.e. medical checks, etc.).  Check the following websites for further information:
I expect to meet the academic entry requirements (including English language ability) for my preferred programme of study and institution. Refer to the website of your preferred institution to confirm entry requirements.
I confirm that I have not previously had a New Zealand Scholarship terminated because of poor academic performance (within the past 5 years) or breach of scholarship contract.
I intend to return to my country for two years or more at the end of my scholarship to contribute to my country’s development.

I have at least one year full-time (two year’s part-time) work experience relevant to my career and/or preferred qualification unless I am applying straight from secondary school or during my first year of tertiary study (for countries offered undergraduate study).

(Part-time work is defined as up to 29 hours per week, Full-time work is defined as 30 plus hours per week).

Online eligibility test for online applications

The Online Eligibility Test (external link) is part of the online application process, and will show you if you can apply for:

The test will give you an 'Eligibility Code' which is needed for your online application. 

More information on the application process is on How to apply and Application Guidance pages.

For Commonwealth or STTS, do not take the online eligibility test.

The test is not suitable for finding out if you can apply for New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships and Short Term Training Scholarships. These two scholarship types use a paper-based application process. You can find out if you are eligible by reading the checklist above.

What if I don’t meet the eligibility criteria?

If you don't meet the eligibility criteria, then unfortunately you cannot apply for one of our scholarships.

However, there are a range of other scholarships available to international scholars for study in New Zealand. Visit Study in New Zealand (external link) for more information.

You should also check the scholarships information for the education institution or university where you want to study. See the website links of different institutions on the Where you can study page.

English language requirements

When you study with a New Zealand Scholarship, you must be able to study in English. New Zealand institutions have various English language requirements for different programmes of study. You need to make sure you understand and meet the requirements for your proposed study.

You can still apply for a scholarship, even if you don’t have proof of your English language skills.  

While each institution sets its own English language requirements, generally test results are accepted only from:

  • IELTS – the International English Language Testing System

  • TOEFL – the Test of English as a Foreign Language

So you will probably have to sit either an IELTS or a TOEFL test, but it is alright if you have not done a test when you apply. We will let you know when, and if, you need to sit an IELTS or TOEFL and we will give you plenty of time to do so.

Acceptable scores: General guidance

As part of deciding what you want to study and where you want to study, make sure you check the English language requirements for the particular programme of study at the university you want to attend. Different programmes have different minimum requirements. As a general guide:

To study for a postgraduate qualification, you must have at least:

  • an overall IELTS score of 6.5 and no band less than 6.0

  • a TOEFL score of 90 on the internet-based test

To study for an undergraduate qualification, you must have at least:

  • an overall IELTS score of 6.0 and no band less than 5.5. 

  • a TOEFL score of 80 on the internet-based test

To study for short term vocational training, you are likely to need at least:

  • an IELTS score of 5.5.

Remember to check the information for your preferred programme and institution about the English language requirements.

If you have previously completed tertiary education in an English-speaking country you may not need to sit a test.

If you have any questions about the English language requirements, contact your preferred institution, they will be able to tell you what is required. 

For further information, read:

  • Where you can study for a list of New Zealand institutions and their websites. We highly recommend you spend time researching your preferred institutions.
  • What you can study for examples of qualifications under different priority sectors.