Pacific Health Scholarships

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What does the scholarship get me?

$10,000 for Medical and Dentistry students $5,000 for all remaining qualifications (refer to list of eligible q

Closing dates for applications

Next: 10 February 2020


Number of awards offered


Purpose of award

Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga is encouraging Pacific students interested in any aspects of health studies to apply for the 2018 Pacific Health Scholarships.
“The scholarships are open to Pacific students committed to improving Pacific health across a range of disciplines. It is not just medicine and nursing. I want to see more Pacific students qualifying in related health specialties such as physical science, nutrition, dental hygiene, physiotherapy, midwifery or psychology for example,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.


Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply for a Pacific Health Scholarship (the Scholarships), the applicant must:

- be a New Zealand resident or permanent resident at the time of the application
- be enrolled in a health related course/qualification
- be enrolled at an approved NZQA accredited tertiary provider in New Zealand
- provide evidence of Pacific Islands descent (passport, birth certificate, reference letter).

The following applicants are deemed ineligible:
- sixth year medical students because they receive a stipend
- PhD students because the frontline workforce takes priority
- First year health science students (competitive course).

The Ministry of Health will consider applications from both full-time and part time workers (including DHB employees).

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

If you received a scholarship in 2017, and have a GPA of five (B average), you will automatically qualify for a Scholarship in 2018. However, you will still need to complete the form online and upload your 2017 course grades. Please attach either an official or unofficial transcript.

How do students apply?

All applications must be submitted online through the Ministry website - online form will be available soon
After an application has been submitted, applications will receive an acknowledgment email.
Once applications close, an Assessment Panel will review all submitted applications (both new applicants and fast track students).
Please allow 3-4 weeks for the applications to be processed and reviewed after the close dates.
All applicants will be notified by email correspondence, the outcome of their application once the Assessment Panel have finalised their decisions.
Tertiary providers will be notified of successful recipients and coordination of scholarship payments will be done between the Ministry and the tertiary provider (with assistance by the recipient if necessary).
Please ensure to provide a current email address when applying. If changes to contact emails occur, please inform the Ministry by emailing
Refer to the Preparing an application page for more information to assist in completing an application form.
Guidelines and Online Application

How and when do students learn of the decision?

No late applications will be accepted by the Ministry.

Decision makers

The Pacific Health Scholarships are administered by the Ministry of Health.

History or background of award

The Pacific Health Scholarships (formerly known as the ANIVA Scholarships) contribute to improving access to health services for Pacific peoples by assisting the development of the Pacific health and disability workforce.

Additional information

The Scholarships will be made of:

- $10,000 for Medical and Dentistry students
- $5,000 for all remaining qualifications (refer to list of eligible qualifications).

Course fees will be paid directly to your tertiary organisation once you have been approved in a course.

The Ministry does not provide funding for accommodation costs, course related costs, or study leave days.

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

The Scholarships Office
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
+64 4 463 5557


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 December 2019.