Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships

Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships are funded through the New Zealand Aid Programme and managed by ENZ (Education New Zealand), in partnership with MFAT (New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade). Manaaki New Zealand scholarships support sustainable development in partner countries and a lifetime connection with New Zealand.

Manaaki New Zealand scholarships provide opportunities for eligible citizens from developing countries to undertake full-time study in New Zealand Universities and selected Institutes of Technology.  The purpose of a Manaaki New Zealand scholarship is for candidates to gain skills, training and knowledge in specific subject areas, that will contribute to the social and economic development of their home country. 

Check the MFAT website for a list of eligible countries

Check the MFAT website for recommended subjects

Manaaki New Zealand scholars at Unitec

Financial Support

The Manaaki New Zealand scholarship covers:

  • Full tuition fees
  • A living allowance for students to meet basic living expenses
  • An establishment allowance for set-up costs in New Zealand
  • Medical insurance when you are in New Zealand
  • Return economy air travel and insurance
  • Help with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate students

Unitec is proud to have hosted Manaaki New Zealand scholars from across the Asia Pacific region. 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, counselling, and spiritual support.

Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in a number of cultural experiences and trips during their scholarship, planned to enhance their knowledge and experience of Auckland and New Zealand and build strong connections and bonds with New Zealanders and their fellow scholars.

Check if you are eligible

You can visit the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships website to check your eligibility.

How and When to apply

Applications generally open in February. Find out country specific opening and closing dates and information about

How to apply on the Manaaki New Zealand website

You can also contact the NZ scholarships team at Unitec directly for information about our courses at