Scholarship in New Zealand

A scholarship is a great way to help pay your study and living expenses.

Gaining a scholarship – whether undergraduate or postgraduate – may mean you don’t have to find part-time work, giving you more time to focus on your education.

Many scholarships for international students – including PhD scholarships and scholarships for Masters’ degrees – are offered by the New Zealand Government, other governments, educational institutions and philanthropists.

New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) NZEA features scholarships across all eight universities, offering an opportunity for Indian students to experience New Zealand excellence in various fields.

This scholarship is funded by Education New Zealand (ENZ) and New Zealand universities catering to Indian students. The number of scholarships in PG programs is 28 and in UG is 3. The value of this scholarship is NZ 5,000 each for PG course and NZ 10,000 each for UG course.


New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS) Funded by the New Zealand government, these scholarships are for Indian students who wish to pursue a PhD in New Zealand. Inclusions under this award are university tuition fee, associated student levies, living stipend (up to NZ$25,000 tax-free) and health insurance coverage (up to NZ$600 annually) for three years. (However, it may vary as per different education providers)


New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships – Indian students who apply to master’s degree or PhD can try for the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). The plan will cover tuition fee, living, travel and health insurance, and establishment allowance. This scholarship offers many benefits such as:

    1.  Full tuition fees
    2. An allowance of NZ$ 491 per week for living expenses
    3. For covering, setup cost an establish allowance of NZ$ 3,000
    4. Medical and travel insurance and research cost for postgraduate students


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NZ-GRADS New Zealand Global Research Alliance Doctoral Scholarship

The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions has launched new NZ-GRADS program if you aspire to complete your PhD in agriculture emission science. It covers the following expenses for 36 months (3 years):

    1. Tuition fees up to NZD 10,000 per year
    2. An annual stipend for covering expenses NZD 28,000 per year (tax-free)
    3. Medical insurance up to NZD 700 per year
    4. Visa application cost not exceeding up to $1,000
    5. Airfare upon returning to New Zealand up to a maximum amount of $6,000
    6. Research allowance up to $1,500


Palmerston North City Mayor’s Goodwill Ambassador Scholarship

    1. It is sponsored by the City Council of Palmerston North for promoting Palmerston North as a favourable location for international students. It is provided for career-based/vocational, undergraduate, postgraduate courses.
    2. Value of the scholarship: NZD 1,000 towards the first year’s tuition