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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:

Auckland University of Technology

Auckland University of Technology

Scholarship Name


AUT International Student Accommodation Scholarships

$5000 contribution to rent

AUT International Academic Achievement Scholarship

$20,000 contribution to fee
(The scholarship is awarded for one year only)

AUT International Excellence Scholarships - Faculty of Culture and Society

$7000 contribution to fees
(Tenure is for one year only)

University of Otago

University of Otago

Scholarship Name


Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for International Students

NZD$10,000 for tuition fees for full-time study (For undergraduates)

Otago International Excellence Scholarships

NZD$10,000 for tuition fees for full-time study (For postgraduates)

University of Otago International Master's Research Scholarship

NZ$16,000 stipend per annum plus a tuition fee waiver for 1 year capped at the domestic rate for Master's study (For postgraduates, excludes student services fee and insurance)

University of Otago Coursework Master's Scholarship

NZ$10,000 towards fees in the first instance (For postgraduates)

Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

Scholarship Name


The Tongarewa Scholarships

NZD5,000 or NZD10,000 for tuition fees for full-time study

Global Alumni Graduate Fees Waiver

The Global Alumni Graduate Fees Waiver is a 15%-20% reduction on the first year tuition fees

Master of Engineering Practice paid industry or research project

Duration: 12 months
Paid industry or research project: NZ$10,000 (For postgraduates, only applied to final trimester of study)

Master of Drug Discovery and Development Scholarship

$15,000 towards tuition fees to eligible international students pursuing the Master of Drug Discovery and Development. (For postgraduates)

Automatic Master’s scholarships:
1. Master of Conservation Biology
2. Master of International Trade
3. Master of Marine Conservation

Fees scholarship: NZ$10,000

Faculty of Law International Students LLM Fee Scholarship

Value: NZ$5,000
Tenure: one Year for full time study (For postgraduates)

University of Waikato

University of Waikato

Scholarship Name


Fees Discounts - new international students only

Value: 20% discount off tuition fees
Study Level: All
Subject Area: Any
Closing Date: Available to NEW international students until further notice

Lincoln University

Lincoln University

Scholarship Name


Lincoln University International Pathway Merit Scholarship

Value of NZ$2,500

The Lincoln University Undergraduate Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship

Value of NZ$5,000

The Lincoln University International School leavers Scholarship

Value of NZ$10,000

180-credit Taught Master Merit Scholarship

Awarded with a scholarship of NZ$7,000 or NZ$10,000 towards the overall cost of their study in one of the 180 credit taught master’s programmes.

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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