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Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia (PMSA)

The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA) is a programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand.

Award value: Varies Number available: Check enz.govt.nz
Provider: Education New Zealand
Contact: Scholarships Team: scholarships@unitec.ac.nz

Application deadlines: There are two PMSA rounds a year. You will not be able to submit applications after the deadlines.
March Round: Applications must be submitted by 30 March.
August Round: Applications must be submitted by 30 August.


Duration: Programmes must be a minimum of 4 weeks and not exceed 24 months. Maximum funded weeks over 24 months is 72.

Individuals: The scholarship is awarded to individuals and currently covers the following costs relating to study, internship or research in Asia. The scholarship includes tuition fees of Asian institutions, internship brokerage fees and return flights, a contribution to visa and vaccine fees, plus a contribution to living, accommodation, visa, insurance etc costs of $270 per week on study programme. Applicants must undertake appropriate programmes in: China (greater China including Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Viet Nam, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, plus Japan, Malaysia or Singapore. The destination institution should have a formal relationship with a New Zealand institution.

Groups: New Zealand Tertiary providers/institutions may apply to the PMSA to fund a group (3+) to travel together to Asia on a specified programme that meets PMSA goals. Group programmes are applied for separately under the PMSA, and have their own application and reporting requirements. Funding for individuals on group programmes is as above.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old at the date of applying for the scholarship, and be New Zealand citizens or hold a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa.

For more information about the scholarship, click here to go through to the ENZ Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia webpage.