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New Zealand is a very appealing study destination for many – with great universities, high quality of life and stunning scenery, as well as a strong higher education system which has been ranked 16th in the most recent QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings. Studying in New Zealand can be on the expensive side, but luckily there are a number of New Zealand scholarships available to help…

Government-funded New Zealand scholarships:

  • Fulbright New Zealand US Graduate Awards – Scholarships for students from the US to study a postgraduate or research program in any field at a university in New Zealand. Covers tuition, living costs, airfares and more.
  • New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade Scholarships – Various scholarships at all study levels are available for students from various countries in the Pacific and South-East Asia. They are fully funded, covering tuition fees, a fortnightly living allowance and other expenses.
  • New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships – Provides a stipend covering full tuition fees and living expenses for up to three years for international students enrolled in a PhD program at a university in New Zealand. Awarded based on academic excellence.

University-specific New Zealand Scholarships:

Other New Zealand scholarships:

  • AusIMM New Zealand Branch Education Endowment Trust Scholarships – Undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for students enrolled in a New Zealand university on a course related to minerals. 
  • Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation – Scholarships for students from the South Pacific to study in New Zealand or another country in the South Pacific.
  • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan – Scholarships for Canadian students to study a doctorate in any discipline at a university in New Zealand.
  • Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship – Five scholarships worth up to US$15,000 are available for undergraduate and postgraduate students from the US and Europe to study at an eligible university in New Zealand.
  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand University Scholarships – Scholarships for students of economics, finance or banking at honors, master’s or PhD level and studying full time. Open to international students, provided they can legally work in New Zealand (the scholarship includes an offer of employment at the Reserve Bank after you’ve gained your qualification; if you do not accept this offer, you’ll need to repay the scholarship).
  • R. H. T. Bates Postgraduate Scholarship – A scholarship for a domestic or international student enrolled on a doctorate in physical sciences and engineering at any university in New Zealand.
  • Surfshark Privacy and Security Scholarship - A $2,000 prize is available to a student currently enrolled in New Zealand or another study destination as a high school, undergraduate or graduate student. You will need to submit an essay to apply and the scholarship is open to all nationalities. 

This article was originally published in May 2016. It was updated in December 2018.

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Hello i am John-Adeyemi , i am from Cameroon and i wish to pursue a Masters program in Mechanical Engineering, please which university will you recommend in New Zealand accompanied with expenses and scholarship grants

Hi John, You can view the latest rankings for universities to study mechanical engineering here. You can also view scholarships to study at mechanical engineering schools here. 

Hello IAm JAWAD From Pakistsan I wanna Pursue My Masters IN Accounting And Finance... Any Best University Which You recommend In Newzeland Who Covers Expenses Too..

Hi Jawad, You can find the full university ranking for accounting and finance here (which you can filter by location). 

Hi i am Anan from Delhi, India i wish to pursue my masters in hospitality hence want to know recommended university, Expenses and schlorships

Hi Anan, here's a link to our latest rankings by subject for hospitality. If you'd like to study in New Zealand, here's an overview of the typical costs

Hello I'm Amanda. I am a Jamaican citizen. I have obtained a Bsc. in International Relations and would like to pursue my masters in International Security or International Politics. Could you please help me find a scholarship?

HI I am an Ethiopian female 25 years old civil engineering graduat in 2018 .
I like to spesialize my education in your university if possible.

Michot Abebe Mengiste

Hi, This is Anzar Mahmood recently i passed b tech honour in mechanical engineering. I want to continue my study but cant pay full fees of university . So can you please help me to find a scholarship in New Zealand .
Hope fully

Hi Anzar, you can find engineering scholarships here (which includes options to study in New Zealand) and I'd also recommend checking the official websites of the universitites you're interested in, as they may offer their own scholarships for your chosen course. 

Hi, I am Samira. I have a PHD possition in NZ in management field. Would you please help me to find scholarship? I am looking forward to hear a good news from you.

id like to ask on how to get a scholarship in studying business major in marketing

Hi, This is Momin from India. I got admission offer from University of Auckland for Phd(Engineering Science) but without scholarship. Can you help me some more Scholarship ?

Hi I'm shafnaz I need a scholarship to study in new Zealand I like to do a bachelor degree in mathematics or physical science please sponsor me its my childhood dream please help me

l need a scholar ship to do my Bachelors in IT


Hi Katongole, please have a look at our list of computer science scholarships. :)

hi i took diploma of nursing but now i want to change faculty and take degree of food science is it available for free or low cost amount

Hi, I am currently studying aeronautical engineering at the Air New Zealand aviation institute and this is my first year and will be graduating at the end of the year with a level 3 certificate. I would like to continue studying at this institue next year doing the EASA programme Level 5 but the course is at about $35k I would really need some scholarship to assist me with this. I am a female and 21 years of age. Thank you

Hi, I graduated from Murdoch University (Australia) with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BScBVMS). I am looking to undertake Masters of Veterinary Studies (online - coursework, not research) at Massey University NZ but the course is >$30K and I would definitely need some scholarship or government funding to do so. Is there anything available? (I'm female <30yrs age in case there's something that promotes women education etc) Thanks!

Hello, our list of veterinary scholarships around the world includes options to study veterinary science at Massey University - I'm not sure if these extend to online courses, but it's still worth looking into! :)

Hi,I am Manuja from Sri Lanka.I like to study computer science or engineering either in
Australia or in New Zealand.But since I have financial issues,I want to find a full or partial paid scholarship.Can someone help me on this?

Hi Manuja, I've replied to your query here. :)

Hi. My name is J-son. I'm at the 10th grade yet and would want to apply for a full scholarship either in NewZealand or Australia for my Senior education. Any advice please... thank you very much.

Hi J-son, to help you find a scholarship, I'd advise viewing the official website/s of the universities you're interested in, to see what funding opportunities they have available. You can view a range of scholarships to study abroad in Australia here. :) 

I am Ahmad , a Syrian student, I recently graduated from high school in United Arab Emirates in an average percentage of 97.1%
I would like to get a scholarship in dentistry for bachelor in New Zealand.
Any help please .... ??

I'm Mahi.
I'd like to get a full scholarship in agriculture for phd in a high ranked university. I'm graduated and presented several research papers. Please give me some tips.

Hi Mahi, please have a look at our list of agriculture scholarships.

Hi , am Adel Sultan a Sudanese i hold a Diploma Certificate in surveying engineer and will like to further my studies in engineering I really need a scholarship

Hi Adel, please take a look at our list of scholarships for engineering students. Hope this helps.

Hello, it's Dahlia. I'm Egyptian and i study business (Accounting and finance major) in the AAST in Egypt and i want to do my master's abroad when i'm done by college next year, any help?

Hi Dahlia, what sort of help do you require? If you'd like to continue studying business for your masters and would like a scholarship, you can find a list of business scholarships here, and our rankings by subject for business and management could help you choose a university. Hope this helps. 

Please I want to study abroad but looking out for countries that can offer me visa that allows me to live in their with my family until am through with my education

i am finished b.com & i wont to was mba from I get scholarship mba

Hello, we offer our own MBA scholarships over on our sister site, TopMBA.com. 

I finished my intermediate Fsc (Pre-medical) I want to study MBBS OR MD programme. But my father can't support me.Tell me can I get scholarship for MBBS or MD.?

Hi Ali, please take a look at our list of medical scholarships around the world - hopefully you can find one to suit you among these. :)

Hi, I'm an undergraduate student looking for a "full scolarship" in any country.
I've got a 4.0 out of 4.0 GPA in highschool.

Hi Mahmoud, our main page of scholarships to study abroad lists scholarships for many regions and countries. 

i am Ahmed khan i am doing my final year in fine arts it will b finished my graduate in end of December i want to continue my master degree after graduation and my father cant support me financially we are 12 member in our home with my grand mom i want scholarship in art .
it will be in performing art or in visual art i want to do my career better pleas give me a one chance and allowed me for showing my talent in front of world and i am a also a dancer i was performed in alhumra art council in Lahore and ivs in Karachi in expo center Karachi also
I born in a small village which situated in Baluchistan Pakistan and it called awaran district
My born place is teertaj awaran so I
live at awaran with my family my family consist of 12 people with 4 brothers 4 sister and with grandmother .my father occupation is a driver my father work is private driver and my mother is a housewives
My younger brother name is Hussein bakhsh and he completed his matriculation in awaran Baluchistan Pakistan
My 2nd brother name is babul khan and he is studying in 7th class at teertaj awran Baluchistan Pakistan
My another brother name is cherag baloch and he is 4 year old now he join the school
My last younger brother name is dedag baloch he is 2 year old
My younger sister name is sanam baloch and she is done 8th class and after she leave the school my family not supported to financially after leaving school she get marred last year
And my younger sister name is abida baloch she is also clear her 8th class in this year she one toper of her class every time in govt high school teertaj awaran balochistan pakistan
My another younger sister name is nageena baloch she is student in 3rd class in govt grils middle school teertaj awaran balochistan Pakistan she want to be a good artist also like me
My last sister name is rahat baloch and she is studying in 2nd class in govt grils middle school teertaj awaran balochistan Pakistan she is also want to be a dancer
As I am the part of huge family and here only my father is he source of our living .there are lat of expenditures in our family regarding to our education so it s impossible for me to go abroad on my own and study in one of the university of my dream.
Where I can learn more about art my parents cant or I say they can never afford such a higher education for me.therefore I am applying for this scholarship in order to fulfil my interest regarding my field is too much I want to explore as much as I can this scholarship can bring colors in my life . I hope for the best from your side I am so thankful

Hi Ahmed, please take a look at our list of art scholarships around the world. You can find out more about studying art or performing arts in our course guides. Hope this helps!

Hi Mr. shashanka s.,

Hello, I am Selma Houjaghani. I am master student in genetics in Tabriz-Iran.also working on my thesis. I am really interested in taking scholarship at a valid University for PHD. Because of the low economical situation, low cost of expenses in target country it is important for me. Could you please help me how can I take a position in a university, I am very much looking forward to receiving your positive response.

hello selma

Hi , am Raddiya Lamptey a Ghanaian i hold a Diploma Certificate in Customer service and Financial management and will like to further my studies in Business Administration or Arts (footwear design ). I really need a scholarship

Hi Raddiya, our article on business scholarships around the world includes a scholarship to study in New Zealand, and we've also listed some scholarships to study design here. Good luck!

Hello, this is Mahdis Yaghobi. I am studying medical at medical university of Mazandaran Iran , im in fifth year of study. I am really interested in taking scholorship at a valid University. Because of the low economical situation, low cost of expenses in target country is so important for me. Could you please help me how can I take a possition in a university.I am very much looking forward to receiving your positive response

Hi Mahdis, I've replied to your query here. :)