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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.


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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.

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


University Scholarship Name Amount Eligibility
The University of Auckland
DoctoralScholarship Up to NZD27,000 Upon submission of application, candidate will be advised of eligibility once final grades are recieved and have a firm offer of place for chosen programme.
International student scholarship NZD5,000 (UG), NZD10,000 (PG) Based on academic merit, the quality of the letter of application and endorsement by the applicant’s referee. The country of origin of the applicant may be considered by the selection committee to align with the University’s strategic aims.
Dean's Asia Scholarships Faculty of Business NA Based on academic merit, financial need and demonstrated potential to succeed in business studies at the university.
Int Business Master Scholarships Up to NZD30,000 Academic merit as assessed by the grade point average (GPA) or grade point equivalent (GPE) and a written statement highlighting the applicant’s potential to succeed
Faculty of Arts int Masters Degree Scholarships Up to NZD10,000 Academic merit as assessed by the grade point average (GPA) or grade point equivalent (GPE) and a written statement highlighting the applicant’s potential to succeed
Auckland Uni Of Technology (AUT) 1. Vice Chancellors Doctoral Scholarships - Up to NZD 25000 Up to NZD25,000 Applicants must meet the admission criteria for a doctoral programme, ie a relevant master’s degree or a bachelor's (honours) degree with first or second class (first division) honours.
Massey University
Malaysia Int Scholarship (Govt) - PG & PhD applicants only NA Subject to satisfactory academic performance
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Int Excellence
NZD20,000 (UG), NZD10,000 (PG) Subject to satisfactory academic performance
Massey Business School Award NZD15,000 (UG), NZD10,000 (PG) Subject to satisfactory academic performance
Coursework Master Scholarship Up to NZD10,000 Subject to satisfactory academic performance
University of Waikato
Doctoral Scholarship Up to NZD2,200 per year Academic merit will be a primary criterion of selection, with a minimum grade average
of A-.
International Excellence Scholarship Up to NZD10,000 for first year (automatic) Awarded to successful applicants who demonstrate excellent academic achievement.
Victoria University of Wellington
Tongarewa Scholarship Up to NZD10,000 Applicants must be first year international students (either UG or PG) who are paying full international fees
Automatic Masters Scholarship Up to NZD17,500 Appropriate degree and academic merit will be considered.
Otago University
Otago Business School Scholarship NZD10,000 Range of scholarships available and subject to academic merit.
New Frontiers Entrance Scholarship Between NZD2,500 and NZD5,000 International students who have completed Year 12 in an NZ school or equivalent OR completed an internationally recognised qualification AND have achieved excellent grades may be invited to apply
University of Canterbury
International First Year Scholarship Between NZD10,000 and NZD20,000 Candidate must be completing, or have completed on or after 1 January of the year before the year of application, a university entrance-level qualification.
Doctoral Scholarship NZD21,000 per annum Candidates must have been offered admission to a research doctoral programme at the University. They must have completed an appropriate qualification.
Lincoln University Lady Issac Scholarship in Nature Conservation Up to NZD20,000 - available for Masters and Doctoral applications Awarded based on academic merit and submission of one page research proposal
Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Malaysian Scholarship -20% tuition fees Academic merit
New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) MalaysianScholarship -25% tuition fees Academic merit
Otago Polytechnic COVID19 Relief Scholarship Postgraduate Diploma: NZD 5,000 off
Graduate Diploma: NZD 4,000 off
Bachelor's degree: NZD 15,000 off
Diploma: NZD 4,000 off
Master of Applied Management: NZD 7,000 off


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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