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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.

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.

S.No.

Name of scholarship

Description

1

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)

Funded by the New Zealand government, these scholarships are for Indian students who wish to pursue 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. (Currently closed for 2018)

2

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.

3

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. (Application deadline – Oct 28th, 2018)

 

*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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