Studying in a foreign country can be not only a little complicated to deal with in the first place but also somewhat expensive. However, it can become affordable if international students plan and research well about how much higher education in New Zealand will cost and what are the different scholarships they are eligible for.
The New Zealand international education sector offers a wide range of scholarships to foreign students that are government, university or private organisations-based. Myriad scholarships are also awarded to eligible students by the Kiwi universities in order to fund an international student's studies in New Zealand fully or partially.
It is extremely important that interested students have a thorough idea of the scholarship that they are eligible for in order to apply for them before the given deadline. This page gives a list of New Zealand scholarships open to international students from majorly India along with other countries.
Given below is the list of top universities in New Zealand that offer a spectrum of scholarships to international students based on merit, means or any other criteria.
The Government of New Zealand invites applications for scholarships from international students wishing to study Bachelor, Master, PhD or Doctoral degree at top-ranked universities in the country.
Eight Universities to Choose From:
Victoria University of Wellington
Auckland University of Technology
University of Auckland
University of Otago
University of Canterbury
University of Waikato
Levels of Study Available:
Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
Master’s Degree (1-2 years)
PhD (up to 3.5 years)
Countries Eligible for New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships:
Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands
St Lucia, St Vincent, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Dominica, Grenada, and the Grenadines
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia
Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Eswatini, Ghana, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda
Micronesia, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mauritius, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zimbabwe.
Latin American Countries:
Argentina, Colombia, Nicaragua, Panamá, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, El Salvador, México, Paraguay, Perú, Venezuela.
Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Haiti, Jamaica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Suriname, Grenada, Guyana, Trinidad, and Tobago.
Should meet the student visa requirements before applying for the scholarship.
Must be 18 years old or older at the time of starting the scholarship.
Must satisfy the entry requirements for the selected academic programme prescribed by the education institution.
For a postgraduate degree:
- an overall score of 6.5 and at least 6.0 in each section in IELTS
- a TOEFL iBT score of 90 with a writing score of 21
- an overall PTE Academic score of 58 with communicative skills score at least 50
- a Cambridge Academic English overall score of 176 with at least 169 in each section.
- an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 in each section in IELTS
- a TOEFL iBT score of 80 with a writing score of 21
- an overall PTE Academic score of 50 with communicative skills score at least 42
- a Cambridge Academic English overall score of 169 with at least 162 in each section.
Must demonstrate their desire to positively impact the development in their home country by using new skills and knowledge gained from studying at a New Zealand institution.
Preference will be given to applicants who have relevant professional experience in the chosen area of study.
How to Apply?
In order to apply for the New Zealand government scholarships for international students, one must:
Contact the nominating agency in their home country to get a paper application form.
The form must be duly filled and posted back to the nominating agency in the home country before the application deadline.
The nominating agency in every country will then select two applicants and their applications will be sent to MFACT by the last date for consideration.
The application must be written in English.
The application must be written neatly in blue or black pen so that it is easily readable.
Make sure the answers are thoroughly checked before submission.
One should not cheat or plagiarise to write these answers and the answers should be concise.
Application Timeline: February to March (subject to change)
The New Zealand Government Scholarships are fully-funded which includes the following
100% tuition fees
Living allowance of NZ$ 491 every week
An establishment allowance of NZ$ 3,000 aimed at funding set-up costs in New Zealand.
Medical insurance in New Zealand
Travel tickets to and from the home country along with travel insurance
Research and thesis costs for postgraduate students
The MGAS, short for Mayor's Goodwill Ambassador Scholarship, is sponsored by the City Council of Palmerston North. It is focused on promoting Palmerston North as a top study destination for international students along with being an ideal venue to indulge in events/activities.
Who can Apply?
All international students
How to Apply?
Visit the official website of the institution.
NZ 1,000 for first year's tuition.
Also Read: Top Scholarships to Study Abroad
The New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) are jointly funded by Education New Zealand and New Zealand universities. It features scholarships across seven universities in New Zealand, offering an opportunity for students from India to experience New Zealand excellence in various programmes:
The University of Auckland
University of Otago
The University of Waikato
Victoria University of Wellington
No. of Scholarships Available:
PG Scholarships: 28
UG Scholarships: 3
Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
Must hold current citizenship of India
Must have obtained a minimum equivalent GPA of B+ in the most recent or highest tertiary qualification
Must hold an unconditional or conditional offer from one of the eligible courses of NZEA
How to Apply?
In order to complete the application process for NZEA, one should upload the following:
Evidence of offer of place at a New Zealand university
An updated CV
All academic transcripts
Proof of Indian citizenship
Names and email addresses of two referees for recommendation letters.
PG Scholarships: NZ 5,000 each;
UG Scholarships: NZ 10,000 each
The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions has launched the new NZ-GRADS programme for international students in New Zealand from a developing country.
Must be from a developing country (as defined by the World Trade Organisation
The PhD research topic should be related to greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural system.
Tuition fees and associated student levies of up to NZD $10,000 per year.
An annual living stipend of NZD $28,000 NZD per year.
Medical insurance of up to NZD $700 NZD per year.
Visa application costs to up to NZD $1,000.
Return flights to New Zealand up to NZD $6,000.
Book and thesis preparation allowance up to NZD $1,500.
This scholarship programme is sponsored by the Soshi Educational Group (SEG) to encourage the study of geophysics and related geosciences at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Value of the scholarships:
Up to NZD$ 7,000 annually
Length of the award:
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