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

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

Africa scholarships French Pacific Territories Myanmar South Asia
Africa (Commonwealth) India Nauru Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Indonesia Nepal Thailand
Bhutan Jordan Niue Timor-Leste
Brunei Kiribati Pakistan Tokelau
Cambodia Laos Palau Tonga
Caribbean scholarships countries Latin America Papua New Guinea Tuvalu
Caribbean (Commonwealth) Malaysia Philippines Vanuatu
Cook Islands Maldives Samoa Viet Nam
Federated States of Micronesia Marshall Islands Singapore  
Fiji Mongolia Solomon Islands  

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 following website for further information:
  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 Emirates  
  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 visitwww.studyinnewzealand.com 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).

If you have previously completed tertiary education in English you can provide an official statement from the education provider that English is the language of instruction. Please note, each institution sets their own English language requirements. Please check with your preferred institution about their requirements for admission to their institution as they may require additional documentation.