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Scholarships to study in New Zealand

Looking for scholarships in New Zealand for Indian students? We’ve got the list.

Studying in New Zealand can be affordable if you plan well in advance so you can apply to a range of scholarships offered by the Kiwi universities and colleges before deadlines. Open to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies, these financial aids 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. 

What is the criteria for applying to scholarships to study in New Zealand for Indian students?

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 your IDP international education expert 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 start with the procedure about 8-12 months before your preferred intake begins. 

Here are some popular scholarship programs you can apply to as an Indian student: 

Name of scholarship


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

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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. 


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):

  • Tuition fees up to NZD 10,000 per year
  • An annual stipend for covering expenses NZD 28,000 per year (tax-free)
  • Medical insurance up to NZD 700 per year
  • Visa application cost not exceeding up to $1,000
  • Airfare upon returning to New Zealand up to a maximum amount of $6,000
  • Research allowance up to $1,500
  • Feel free to reach out to your IDP international education expert for the application process 


SEG Scholarship

This scholarship program is funded by the Soshi Educational Group. It encourages the study of geophysics and related geosciences for undergraduate (A and B scholarships) and other programs (C scholarships) 

  • Value of the scholarships 
    a) Scholarship A: NZD 7,000 annually  
    b) Scholarship B: NZD 5,000 annually 
    c) SEG Scholarship C: NZD 3,000 annually
  • The length of the award is one year
  • For the academic year 2021-22, the applications will be invited from November 1, 2020

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Palmerston North City Mayor's Goodwill Ambassador Scholarship

  • 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.
  • Value of the scholarship: NZD 1,000 towards the first year's tuition


*This is an indicative list, 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 international education experts will be more than happy to guide you through. 

Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2020/2021 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates. 

Updated on July 30, 2020

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