Scholarships are therefore a life-saver for many international students to fulfill their dream of studying abroad.
However, there are so many of them it is sometimes difficult to pick the best among the pack. Students looking for scholarships to New Zealand would also face the problem of picking the right scholarship.
This is a guide to some of the best scholarships offered by the Government of New Zealand and Universities in the country. With this list, you can easily narrow down a scholarship or scholarships to suit your unique situation if you intend to study in New Zealand.
1. New Zealand Pacific Scholarships
This a New Zealand Government-sponsored scholarship offered to students based in the Pacific region. The countries include
- The Cook Islands,
- The Federated States of Micronesia
- The Marshall Islands,
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands
The scholarship covers tuition, travel costs, living allowance, and insurance. Undergraduates and postgraduates students are encouraged to apply.
2. ASEAN Scholar Awards of New Zealand
This is also a government-funded scholarship. This time though, students from ASEAN countries( that is, South East Asia) are the target beneficiaries.
Though it is only for postgraduate studies, it is a comprehensive scholarship that covers tuition fees, travel costs, living allowance and insurance for the duration of the studies.
3. International Doctoral Scholarship of New Zealand,
Also known with the acronym of NZIDRS, this scholarship is solely for exceptional international students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. program in New Zealand
The scholarship is for three years and covers tuition fees, other incidental charges related to studying, an annual tax-free allowance of NZ$25,000, and annual medical insurance of up to NZ$60,000
4. New Zealand Development Scholarships
This government-sponsored scholarship is open to international students from selected African, Asian, Latin American and Caribbean countries to study in New Zealand.
The scholarship covers tuition, travel costs, living allowance and insurance for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is hoped that students would gain the requisite skill at the end of the study to go back home and help develop their own countries.
The above four scholarships can be applied for here.
The next five scholarships are the top University-sponsored scholarships in New Zealand, unlike the above four that are government sponsored.
1. The University of Auckland ADB-JSP Scholarships
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan Scholarship Program (JSP) annually bankroll the ADB-JSP scholarships with some participating universities in the Asia-Pacific region.
The University of Auckland is a participating institution.
This is a complete scholarship that covers everything from tuition to return ticket to Auckland. However, only developing countries that are part of the ADP are eligible to apply.
2. Victoria Master’s Scholarships
To encourage full-time Master’s research, the Victoria University is sponsoring this scholarship that covers the domestic tuition fee, and an allowance of about $15,000.
However, international students would have to pay the difference between international and domestic tuition fees.
3. University of Otago International Research Master’s Scholarships
The University of Otago provides a scholarship to international students who are focused on Master’s research work in the school.
Successful students would be entitled to NZ$13,000 allowance per annum and exemption from paying tuition fees. But students are responsible for paying student services fees and insurance.
4. University of Waikato International Scholarships
This new scholarship sponsored by the University of Waikato is targeted at exceptional students from selected countries in
- Latin America
- North America
- Southeast Asia
- The Middle East and
- South Asia
The scholarship applies to pre-degree, undergraduate, and postgraduate students and it is worth NZ$5,000 to cover tuition fees at the school.
5. University of Canterbury international first-year scholarships
Open to all countries, this University of Canterbury-sponsored scholarship is targeted at exceptional first-year students wishing to study at the University.
This undergraduate scholarship is worth up to NZ$20,000, starting from a base sum of NZ$10,000.
If none of these scholarships meet your needs or are not successful, you can always do a bot of research to get more scholarships. Be rest assured, there are many more outside of this list, though perhaps not as prestigious.