Getting started

Before you begin your application

Check how you should apply

Most applications should be completed online and this is the only option for some countries. Paper applications are accepted for some countries only.

Check how applications are accepted for your country.

If both online and paper applications are accepted for your country, please use only one method when applying.

All New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship applications should be completed via paper applications. Read more about how to apply for a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship.

Online applications

The online application process has four steps, all completed on an online application site (external link). The site will explain each step in more detail.

Step one: Confirm your eligibility

 Complete the Online Eligibility Test. This will give you a number that you will need when you register (step three).

Step two: Create a Real Me login

This will give you a login and password that you will use through the application process.

Step three: Register with New Zealand Scholarships online

 This creates your application account, and means you will be set up to complete an application.

Step four: Complete your application

 This step will only become available when applications formally opens. Check application dates.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship we encourage you to complete steps 1, 2 and 3 before applications open in February 2017.

Start your online application process here (external link).

Paper applications

Paper applications have three steps.

Step one: Confirm your eligibility

Before you start your application, check your eligibility against the requirements to make sure that you are eligible for a scholarship.

Step two: Decide the type of institution and qualification

If you are eligible, decide the type of institution and qualification that is right for you. For more information, please click on our Frequently Asked Questions.

For information about studying in New Zealand visit (external link).

Step three: Complete your application

Pick up an application form from the New Zealand High Commission or Embassy in your country, complete the form, and submit it to the High Commission or Embassy by the close date. Check the application closing date for your country.

If you are applying for a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship, you must submit your completed application form to the Nominating Authority in your home country. Failure to do so will result in your application being deemed ineligible.


You may need to undertake aptitude testing before being shortlisted. You will be notified if this is required.

If you are successful in reaching the shortlist, you will be required to provide the following documentation:

  1. One of the following:
    • Verified copy of passport
    • Verified copy of birth certificate
    • Verified copy of other official government issued ID
  2. Verified copies of relevant academic transcripts
  3. Verified copies of relevant completion certificates
  4. Contact details of most recent employer and two most relevant other employers (this does not apply to School Leaver applicants)
  5. A non-verified copy of an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) or an original copy of a TOEFL test result form, completed in the last 24 months. Native English language speakers will have the opportunity to provide alternative evidence of their proficiency. 

Any questions?

Please check our frequently asked questionsbefore making an enquiry.