New Zealand Scholarships are funded through the New Zealand Aid Programme and administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. New Zealand Scholarships help build sustainable development in partner countries and a lifetime connection with New Zealand.

The purpose of a New Zealand Scholarship is to fund the training of citizens from developing countries, so they can positively impact on their country’s development by sharing new skills and knowledge gained from their study. That is why it is expected that all scholars will return home after their scholarship for at least two years to contribute to the social and economic development of their home country.

New Zealand Scholars at Unitec

New Zealand Scholars have been coming to Unitec for many years and we have a strong alumni base in many countries. At Unitec, scholars will have access to all services available such as Academic Support, Pacific Centre, Student Healthcare, Gym, Counselling, and Spiritual Support.

Scholars will have the opportunity to take a number of field trips during the year where they can explore Auckland and New Zealand and build strong bonds with their fellow scholars.

Financial Support

The New Zealand Scholarship covers:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Living allowance to meet basic living expenses
  • An establishment allowance for set-up costs in New Zealand
  • Medical/travel insurance
  • Travel to and from the scholar’s home country
  • Help with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate students

Am I eligible?

Please check the MFAT website for eligible countries

You can also take an online eligibility questionnaire

Please check these dates carefully on the New Zealand Scholarships website.

How do I apply?

The New Zealand Scholarship application process differs depending on which country or region you are from. The application dates also vary between countries and regions. Please find out how to apply for a New Zealand Scholarship Online.