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Scholarships to study in New Zealand

Find out all about scholarships for New Zealand. 

Studying in New Zealand can become quite an expensive affair, but if you plan well in advance, you can apply to a range of scholarships offered by the Kiwi universities and colleges. Open to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies, these can be partial or fully paid, depending on the criteria, course and the institution.

Many scholarships and bursaries are also offered by the New Zealand  government, and various private and public establishments as well. When applying to any of these scholarships, make sure you check the criteria carefully, along with the application closing date.

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What is the criteria for applying to scholarships?

The most important criterion for most scholarships is a good academic score, however, it also depends on factors such as your chosen destination, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities, and volunteering can also be used to advantage. Keep in mind that every scholarship has its own eligibility criteria. While in some, a mere application may suffice, while for others you may have to fulfil several other conditions. For instance, in research centric programs, you may have to submit written assignments. Do not hesitate to contact the university admission centre if you have any doubts.

What amount of money is available through scholarships?

The amount of money available and the type of award varies between institutions. Certain research programs may provide up to 100% of the tuition fee besides covering a part of your living expenditures. You may experience higher competition when you apply for government scholarships in comparison to the university scholarships. So, we suggest you to start with the procedure about 8-12 months before your preferred intake begins. If you get stuck anywhere, IDP counsellors will be more than happy to guide you through.

Here’s an overview of some of the popular scholarships you can apply to as an Indian student.

Name of the University

Total no. of scholarships

AUT University

4 Postgraduate

University of Auckland

4 Postgraduate

Lincoln University

2 Postgraduate
1 Undergraduate

Massey University

4 Postgraduate

University of Otago

4 Postgraduate
1 Undergraduate

University of Waikato

4 Postgraduate

Victoria University of Wellington

6 Postgraduate
1 Undergraduate

Key Information

No of PG Scholarships: 28Value: NZ$5,000 each
No of UG Scholarships: 3Value: NZ$10,000 each

Last date to apply for Scholarship
Monday, 25th November


  • Indian citizen
  • Unconditional offer of place for an eligible programme
  • Must meet Immigration New Zealand’s requirements for a student visa


Name of scholarship


New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

Indian students who apply to master’s degree or Ph.D. can try for Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). The plan will cover tuition fee, living, travel and health insurance, and establishment allowance.

University of Auckland International Student Excellence Scholarship

  • There’s 50 scholarships on offer each year (increased from 45)
  • It can now be held in co-tenure- this means that students can hold this scholarship alongside others they may be awarded
  • Minimum GPE requirement of 6.0 

We’re expecting the co-tenure aspect to be particularly attractive as it means students have the opportunity to be awarded a generous amount. For example, they could hold the GSM Business Masters Scholarship of $32,000 + the UoA intl scholarship of $10,000- which adds to more than 50% of the tuition fees. 

Just a quick recap on who this is suitable for: 

UG- with offshore entry qualifications (not from UP, Taylors or NZ secondary schools)
PG- PGDips and taught masters
ELA students who fall into either of these categories

International taught master merit scholarships- Lincoln University

Qualifying international students will be awarded with a scholarship of NZ$7000 –NZ$10,000 towards the overall cost of their study in one of the 180 credit taught master’s programmes. Students must have a GPA of at least 75% or B+ average in the last year of their bachelor’s degree to meet requirements.

NZ$10,000 scholarships – apply to the following programmes:

  • Master of Business – Global Management and Marketing*
  • Master of Business – Finance*
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Sports and Recreation Management*
  • Master of Tourism Management*
  • Master of International Rural Development*
  • *November intake also available


NZ$7000 scholarships – apply to the following programmes:

  • Master of Science in Food Innovation
  • Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience
  • Master of Environment Mgt & Policy
  • Master of Management in Agribusiness
  • Master of Management in Agricultural system
  • Master of Wine and Viticulture
  • Master of Pest Management


Otago Business School Scholarships:

Study finance in New Zealand at the University of Otago with one of 10 x $10,000 NZD scholarships.

For graduates who are good with numbers and want to get involved in the world of finance, encourage them to apply for one of the Master of Finance (MFinc) scholarships. Whether a finance graduate, or with a background in mathematics, statistics, physics or economics the MFinc degree could be perfect. Flexible study options to suit different academic backgrounds and career aspirations are available.

Duration: 12 month programme

Study accounting in New Zealand at the University of Otago with one of 10 x $10,000 NZD scholarships.

If you know a student who would like be an accountant but they haven’t studied accounting before, the University of Otago’s Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcct) is the course to get them there! The MProfAcct enables graduates with little or no experience or qualifications in accounting to work towards professional accreditation through an intensive course of study and applied research.

Duration: 18 month programme.

Application deadlines: 31 October 2019


NZMA and NSIA are 2 of New Zealand’s premier culinary arts and hospitality school’s located in a purpose built campus in Auckland and Hamilton. The colleges deliver a range of culinary arts, hospitality and business programmes for international and domestic students.

The college prides itself the success rates of its students across all programmes. Some programmes include 600 hours of internship experience as part of the students course content and others allow for transition, following successful study, into undergraduate degree study at AUT University. 

If you enrol in NZMA & NSIA to study the following programmes, you will be eligible for a Scholarship which will reduce your course fees significantly*

Name of scholarship


Diploma in Applied Hospitality Management (Level 6)

Year 1 – $ 4,100
Year 2 –$ 5,300

Diploma in Professional Cookery (Level 5)

Year 1 – $ 2,000
Year 2 – $ 3,500

Diploma in Culinary Arts (Level 5)
Diploma in Baking and Patisserie (Level 5)

Year 1 – $ 1,000
Year 2 – $ 2,000



To become eligible for these scholarships

  • Students must pay for one year or both years at the same time.
  • Students must apply though an approved UP Education Agent for this scholarship offer.
  • The student must be new and commencing study in August to November 2019.

*Applicants who meet the entry requirements will receive an offer of place which will also state if a Reward Scholarship has been issued as well as a letter acknowledging they are a recipient of the scholarship. This scholarship is only available to UP education Agents who are approved for this Scholarship offer.

*This is an indicative list, please speak with your counsellor for details and best available options suited to your profile

Also, most Kiwi universities and colleges also have their own list of scholarships for Indian students. Don’t worry if you get stuck anywhere, our counsellors will be more than happy to guide you through.

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