Fully Funded New Zealand Government Scholarship to Study Bachelors, Masters, and PhD


Why study in New Zealand?

Our scholars come to New Zealand for a world-class education, and they leave with great memories, skills, and career prospects.

A Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship will change and enrich your life

The entire scholarship experience from developing your mind and your career, to enjoying the relaxed Kiwi lifestyle and culture, has the potential to shape your life in the most enriching ways.

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We are sure that securing a Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship and studying abroad in New Zealand will be one of the best things you ever do. Watch the video to find out what our scholars say about studying on a full government scholarship in New Zealand:

Our scholars experience these benefits when studying in New Zealand

Our scholars tell us they love studying and living in New Zealand. Come and join them, and experience these benefits:

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  • You will gain a world-class education and better career prospects: All New Zealand universities are in the top 3% of universities worldwide by QS World University Rankings(external link).
  • You will gain leadership skills and practical skills to share with your country: Your study programme will relate to your country’s human resource and development needs. After your study, you will return home to make a positive difference in your home country.
  • You will feel welcome in New Zealand’s multi-cultural society that proudly celebrates its bicultural heritage. Around 15% of Kiwis are indigenous Māori, 12% are Asian and 7.5% are Pacific Islanders.
  • You will make friends and strong connections for life. New Zealanders are known for their friendly, honest and open nature. On scholarship, you will get to know lots of Kiwis, but also you will become part of our global community of talented scholars.
  • You will enjoy a relaxed and peaceful lifestyle in a country with high levels of government transparency and security. New Zealand is one of the most peaceful and least corrupt countries in the world.
  • You will study in English: Learning and living abroad in an English-speaking country will reinforce your English language skills. English is the most commonly spoken language and Te Reo Māori and New Zealand Sign Language are the official languages of New Zealand.
  • You will enjoy a good work-life balance. New Zealand is small and uncrowded so getting around and getting things done is relatively easy. New Zealanders value work-life balance. You will have time for fun and relaxation, as well as conscientious study.
  • You can travel around our country with relative ease to experience New Zealand’s diverse landscapes from beautiful coastlines, snowy mountains, green native bush, quiet countryside to dynamic cosmopolitan cities.
  • You will experience a progressive and inclusive society, that actively promotes equal opportunities and gender equality: New Zealand is world-leading with its nuclear-free policy, granting female voting rights and the rights of the LGBTQI+ community.
  • You can learn from innovative experts in high demand subjects. New Zealand has experts in climate change and adaptation, environmental management, renewable energy, disaster risk management, food security, agribusiness, public sector management, indigenous development and innovative business.
  • You will study in modern high-tech, learning environments, supported by approachable lecturers and expert educators, who focus on critical and innovative thinking.
  • You will get good pastoral care: New Zealand educators have a duty of care to international students under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. This Code sets minimum standards to ensure international students are well-informed, safe and properly cared for by their education institution.

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Available programs:

Business and Administration, Farm Management, Natural Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, and Logistics, Electronics and Embedded Technology, Economics and Environmental Policy, Marketing, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Legal Studies, Agriculture, Agriculture and Forestry, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Applied Sciences and Professions, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Creative and Applied Arts and Design, Law, Public Law, Environmental Engineering, General Engineering and Technology, Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Engineering and Technology, Hydrology and Water Management, Climate and Meteorological Studies, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Economics, Law Sciences, Plant and crop sciences, food science and technology, business information systems, power and energy engineering, water engineering.

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Additional Specialties

  • Climate change withstand
  • food security
  • Agribusiness
  • Farm management
  • Agricultural trade
  • Agricultural technology
  • Dairy
  • Department of Agriculture or Horticulture
  • Development
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Renewable energy
  • Geothermal, solar, and hydroelectric energy and extension
  • Energy engineering
  • Power distribution systems and technologies
  • Market reform and sector management, including energy economics
  • Energy efficiency
  • Good judgment
  • Judgment
  • Public policy

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Choose from these New Zealand education institutions

Eight universities to choose from

QS World University Rankings ranks New Zealand universities in the top 3%. New Zealand universities rank in the world’s top 100 in over 30 subjects.

  • Auckland University of Technology.
  • Lincoln University.
  • Massey University.
  • University of Auckland.
  • University of Canterbury.
  • University of Otago.
  • University of Waikato.
  • Victoria University of Wellington.

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Three institutes of technology to choose from

New Zealand’s institutes of technology are also world-class. They provide high-quality qualifications and training that focus on practical skills and hands-on experience.

  • Southern Institute of Technology.
  • Unitec Institute of Technology.
  • Wintec – Waikato Institute of Technology.


Standards and Conditions:

  • To be of the nationalities accepted in the scholarship.
  • Your age is between (18-24, 25-35, 36-60).
  • How long have you lived in your country?
  • How much work experience do you have?
  • If we offer scholarships to your country.
  • Whether the intended study corresponds to the levels and sectors offered to your country.
  • IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic, or Cambridge Academic English (Advanced) test scores.
  • For Ph.D. applicants: Evidence that there are employment opportunities upon your return that require you to conduct unsupervised postdoctoral research, or teach at degree level.
  • You must check eligibility before applying.

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Benefits of the New Zealand Government Scholarship 2022

The scholarship includes the following benefits:

  • Full tuition fee
  • A living allowance (stipend) of NZD 491 per week.
  • The incorporation allowance is 3000 NZD. This is to help with incorporation costs in New Zealand. For example, you can use it to cover accommodation expenses, textbooks, or other study materials.
  • Medical insurance when you are in New Zealand
  • Travel tickets to and from your country.
  • travel insurance
  • Travel home during the scholarship (We allow one or two trips home, depending on the length of the scholarship.)
  • Assistance with research and thesis costs for many graduate students.

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Study levels covered by the New Zealand Government Scholarship:

  • Bachelor’s degree (3-4 years).
  • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months).
  • Postgraduate Diploma (one year).
  • Master’s degree (1-2 years).
  • Ph.D. (3.5 years).

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How to Apply

The application process for the New Zealand Scholarship 2022-2023 and the application process for the New Zealand Scholarships application varies by country or region.

  • passport
  • Student visa.
  • Biography.
  • Certified copy of passport, birth certificate, ID.
  • Academic certificates and transcripts.
  • Recommendation Letters (Information on how to make a Letter of Recommendation)
  • Motivation letter (explanations and samples here)
  • Search Plan.
  • Personal Statement
  • English language proficiency certificate such as IELTS (from here) or TOEFL (from here).
  • Scientific article on a specific topic.
  • Administrator approval or possible approval.
  • Any other files that may support your application.


Applicants must check their email frequently for progress updates during the selection process.

  1. We screen applicants: We assess applicants against our eligibility criteria and our selection guidelines. We compare the preferred courses of each applicant with our recommended study subjects. 
  2. We advise you of our decision: We email applicants to advise them if they will continue to the next selection stage or if their application has been unsuccessful. Note for PhD applicants: We recommend you start contacting suitable PhD supervisors, if you have not already done this. Scholarship applicants may apply to undertake doctoral studies in any of the identified sectors. They must, however, be able to show that there are employment opportunities on their return that require them to undertake unsupervised post-doctoral research, or to teach at degree level. They must also be able to show how their proposed research proposal will benefit the country, and that they have approached the university to identify appropriate supervisors
  3. We assess applications in more detail: We carry out a detailed assessment of the applications against our selection guidelines.
  4. You do psychometric testing: While applications are being assessed we mail applicants an email containing a link to the abstract reasoning test. Applicants must do this test within 10 days of getting the email. If you do not receive an email with the link to the psychometric test within 3 days of being advised that your application has moved through to the assessment/psychometric stage you should contact us immediately.
  5. We advise you of our decision: We email applicants to advise them if they will continue to the interview stage, or if your application has been unsuccessful. 
  6. You prove your English competency: Candidates are required to provide an indication of their English language level during the selection process. For most Pacific countries we pay for IELTS testing, and if shortlisted, this occurs after the interview stage. Applicants from all other countries may provide evidence of a current IELTS or TOEFL test score at any time during selection. If an applicant has not passed an IELTS or TOEFL test to the required level within the last 12 months, they must sit an IELTS or TOEFL test at their own cost. Click here and see Academic and English requirements for scholars for further information on IELTS testing.
  7. We interview applicants: Each applicant will be interviewed at the New Zealand Embassy or New Zealand High Commission, in the applicant’s own country, or by phone or online video conference (i.e. Skype). Interviews take place typically in May/July. For further information, visit How to prepare for your scholarship interview. Note for PhD applicants: Prior to the interview, applicants must provide evidence that they have a PhD supervisor or are close to confirming a PhD supervisor.
  8. We advise you of our decision: We email applicants to advise them if they are a preferred candidate, or a candidate on the reserve list, or if their application has been unsuccessful.
  9. Preferred candidates apply for admission to their preferred courses and apply for a student visa

Guidelines we use to select applicants

We use these guidelines to select applicants with very good character, ethics, and abilities.

In general, we want scholars with these attributes:

  • They have a strong academic ability.
  • They show commitment to the social and economic development of their country.
  • They are 39 years or younger when the scholarship starts.
  • They choose courses that align with our recommended subjects.
  • They want to encourage positive relations with New Zealand now and in the future.
  • They are seeking to undertake a qualification that progresses on from their highest qualification.