New Zealand Pacific Scholarships

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What does the scholarship get me?

See 'Additional Information.'

Closing dates for applications

Next: 1 February 2020

Applications open February 1 and close March 14.

Length of award

Up to four years.

Number of awards offered

Each country has a specific number of awards for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

Purpose of award

The New Zealand Pacific Scholarship recognises the very close personal, cultural and economic ties that New Zealand enjoys with Pacific countries. A particular focus of the scheme is to increase the number of young students and high academic achievers studying in New Zealand and to build a new generation of Pacific Leadership with strong links to New Zealand.

Selection criteria

Applications are currently closed. Our next selection round will open in early 2018.

Applications for New Zealand Pacific Scholarships are welcome from the following countries:
• Cook Islands • Federated States of Micronesia • Kiribati • Marshall Islands • Nauru • Niue • Palau • Papua New Guinea • Samoa • Solomon Islands • Tonga • Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Applications are particularly welcomed from young people 24 years and under, strong academic performers and those with leadership potential.

Qualification Types:
New Zealand Pacific Scholarships are available for the following qualifications:
• Undergraduate Degree (3 – 4 years)*
• Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
• Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
• Master’s Degree (1 – 2 years)
• PhD (3 – 4 years)
• Fijian Applicants: Please note that Bachelor of Veterinary Science is the only undergraduate qualification offered to citizens of Fiji.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

All applicants who are offered a New Zealand Pacific Scholarship will be required to sign a contract with the New Zealand Government declaring they will comply with the terms and conditions of the scholarship.

All awardees are required to return to their home country for a minimum period of two years following completion of their scholarship in order to contribute to their country's economic and social development.

How do students apply?

Most applications should be completed online and this is the only option for some countries. Paper applications are accepted for some countries only. (But applications for New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships follow a different process. Read more about how to apply for a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship)
Check how applications are accepted for your country and scholarship type.
If both online and paper applications are accepted, please use only one method when applying. We strongly recommend online applications.
New Zealand Pacific Scholarships

How and when do students learn of the decision?

NZPS are for both undergraduate and postgraduate study in New Zealand.

Decision makers

NZPS are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development programme. They are managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

History or background of award

New Zealand Pacific Scholarships are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government's international aid and development programme. They are managed by the Ministry of foreign Affairs and Trade.

Additional information

Scholarship benefits

The following benefits generally apply:
• international air travel at the start and end of the scholarship
• medical and travel insurance
• travel to the home country during the scholarship for work attachments or practical training, home located research, reunion travel, home leave, and compassionate travel
• introductory programmes prior to commencement of formal academic studies
• a contribution towards research and thesis costs
• additional tutorial assistance if required
• incentives for academic excellence that include an extra cash grant for top performers and additional study opportunities
• leadership development opportunities
• inclusion in a student alumni
• pastoral and academic support through educational institutions.

Arrangements for fees and living allowances will differ depending on whether New Zealand Pacific Scholarship awardees hold New Zealand citizenship (Niue, Cook Islands, and dual citizens of Samoa) or do not hold New Zealand citizenship (all other Pacific countries and Samoan citizens).

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

NZ Aid Programme
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
195 Lambton Quay, Wellington
(04) 439 8000


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in April 2019.