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 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 to see scholars apply for.

Eligible countries and regions

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

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 on the 31st of December in the year of applying for a New Zealand Scholarship. 
I am a citizen of a participating country (as listed in the scholarships section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website) and I am residing in and applying for a scholarship from my country of citizenship. 
I confirm that I am not a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand (excluding Niue and Samoan’s with dual NZ/Samoan citizenship), or any of the following countries: Israel, South Korea, Australia, Japan, USA, any European Union country, Qatar, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
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).
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 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 a minimum of two years 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 school or during my first year of tertiary study (for countries offered undergraduate study).

Find out if you meet the above criteria by doing the Eligibility Test (external link).

What if I don’t meet the criteria?

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 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.