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Scholarships to study in New Zealand

Universities and schools in New Zealand offer a range of scholarships, bursaries and grants to international students to help them fund their studies. You can also apply to scholarships provided by the government, public and private organisations. Before you apply to any of these scholarships, do check the eligibility and criteria, along with the closing date.

The primary 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.

However, do note that the amount of money available and the type of award varies between the various institutions. Getting a scholarship is competitive and so, you must apply well in time. We recommend you to start with the procedure about 8-12 months before the intake begins. If you get stuck anywhere, IDP counsellors will be more than happy to guide you through.

Three of the most popular government scholarships for international students to study in New Zealand are:

  • New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS) – Funded by the New Zealand government, these scholarships are for international 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)
  • New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships – Students from Malaysia who apply to master’s degree or PhD can try for Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP). The plan will cover tuition fee, living, travel and health insurance, and establishment allowance.
  • New Zealand ASEAN Scholarships (NZAS) - Managed by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the New Zealand ASEAN is awarded to Malaysian students with demonstrated excellence in their field of study. Students can apply at postgraduate level – certificate/diploma (6 months to 1 year), masters (1-2 years) and PhD (up to 3.5 years). Read more here.


All universities and colleges also have their own set of scholarships which can be subject or destination specific. Do check with them for available options in time.

Keep in mind

Every scholarship has its own eligibility criteria. In case of some, just an application will help you get hold of the scholarship. For research centric programmes, you may have to submit written assignments. So, research well and do not hesitate to contact the university admission centre if you have any doubts. Your IDP counsellor can also assist you in finding the right scholarship for you.

  • Certain research programmes 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, it’s always better to apply in advance to receive a timely response.


Find Out More Scholarship Information


Here is a list of some of the scholarships available for Malaysian students applying to institutions in New Zealand:


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 1 International Taught Master Merit Scholarships  Click here
 2  LU Doctrol Scholarship  Click here
 3  Eamon Molloy Memorial Scholarship Click here
 4  Brian Morrison Memorial Scholarships in Engineering  Click here
 5  UC College of Engineering International Scholarship  Click here
6 Roland Stead Postgraduate Scholarship in Biology Click here
7 Dr Russell Smith Memorial Scholarship Click here
8 C S McCully Scholarship Click here
9 Marian D'Eve Memorial Scholarship Click here
10 Kuching Malaysian Alumni Scholarship Click here
11 Tan Sri Datuk Oh Siew Nam P.S.M., P.J.N. Malaysian Scholarship Click here
12 UC International First Year Scholarship Click here
13 Langdon Scholarship in Art Click here
14 Brownlie Scholarship Click here
15 Ngau Boon Keat Postgraduate Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering Click here
16 UC College of Arts Honours Scholarship Click here
17 Massey University Creative Arts International Excellence Scholarship Click here
 18  Victoria International Excellence Scholarhsips  Click here
 19  Faculty of Law International Students LLM Fee Scholarship  Click here
 20  VU : Automatic $10,000 fees waiver Master's scholarship  Click here
 21 VU : Master of Drug Discovery and Development Scholarship    Click here
 22  VU : Creative Practice Scholarships  Click here
23 Victoria Tangarewa Scholarship Click here
24 AUT : Vice Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarships Click here
 25 AUT Doctoral Scholarships  Click here
 26  University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarship Click here


Securing a good scholarship can help bring down your cost of studying internationally considerably. If you wish to explore university wise options, speak with your IDP counsellor for specific details.

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