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Scholarships to study in New Zealand

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

 

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. 

Here’s an overview of some of the popular scholarships you can apply to as an Srilankan student:

Name of the University

Total no. of scholarships

AUT University

4 Postgraduate

University of Auckland

4 Postgraduate

Lincoln University

2 Postgraduate
1 Undergraduate

Massey University

4 Postgraduate

University of Otago

4 Postgraduate
1 Undergraduate

University of Waikato

4 Postgraduate

Victoria University of Wellington

6 Postgraduate
1 Undergraduate


Key Information

No of PG Scholarships: 28Value: NZ$5,000 each
No of UG Scholarships: 3Value: NZ$10,000 each

Last date to apply for Scholarship
Monday, 25th November

Eligibility

  • Srilankan citizen
  • Unconditional offer of place for an eligible programme
  • Must meet Immigration New Zealand’s requirements for a student visa

 

Name of scholarship

Description

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)

Funded by the New Zealand government, these scholarships are for Srilankan 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)

(Source:https://www.findaphd.com/study-abroad/aus-nz/phd-study-in-new-zealand.aspx)

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

Srilankan 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

(Sources: *https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/new-zealand-government-scholarships/new-zealand-scholarships-for-international-tertiary-students/scholars-get-ready-to-start-your-scholarship/#PolicyHandbook
*https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/study/international-students/scholarships-loans-and-funding/development-scholarships/commonwealth-scholarships.html)

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 

(Source:https://www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/how-to-apply/scholarship/details?scholarshipid=138518&institutionid=378394)

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

Sources: *https://www.careers.govt.nz/scholarship/view/091504/8550/70738300#Value * https://www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/how-to-apply/scholarship/details?scholarshipid=129544

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

(Source:https://www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/how-to-apply/scholarship/details?scholarshipid=129545&institutionid=142407#:~:text=The%20Mayor's%20Goodwill%20Ambassador%20Scholarship,international%20students%20in%20Palmerston%20North.)

*This is an indicative list, please speak with your counsellor for details and best available options suited to your profile.

To become eligible for these scholarships

  • Students must pay for one year or both years at the same time.
  • Students must apply though an approved UP Education Agent for this scholarship offer.
  • The student must be new and commencing study in August to November 2019.

*Applicants who meet the entry requirements will receive an offer of place which will also state if a Reward Scholarship has been issued as well as a letter acknowledging they are a recipient of the scholarship. This scholarship is only available to UP education Agents who are approved for this Scholarship offer.

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 programs, 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 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, it’s always better to apply in advance to receive a timely response.

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.

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. 

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