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Scholarships recognise academic excellence and potential and provide talented students with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills.

A scholarship award allows students to take up new challenges and experiences that may not otherwise be available.

Universities New Zealand, through its Scholarships Committee, administers a wide range of scholarships at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, on behalf of charitable trusts, private donors, industry and other benefactors.

Scholarships managed by Universities New Zealand

Universities New Zealand manages a number of nationally contestable scholarship programmes.

Undergraduate scholarships (i.e., for school leavers and those who haven't graduated).

Postgraduate scholarships.

Scholarship eligibility

Each scholarship has its own regulations that describe the eligibility criteria for applicants and the scope of the scholarship.

Intending applicants should check the regulations to confirm their eligibility and understanding of the scholarship programme.

Scholarship applications

Universities New Zealand uses an online application system.

To apply for a scholarship, applicants must be registered in this system and use the relevant online application form.

Closing dates

Each scholarship has its own closing date. These dates are managed by the system and cannot be altered.


If you need further information, contact the Scholarships Team at Universities New Zealand:

New Zealand university scholarship opportunities

Each university also offers its own scholarship programmes:

Scholarships for Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland

Scholarships for AUT

Scholarships for The University of Waikato

Scholarships for Massey University

Scholarships for Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington

Scholarships for University of Canterbury

Scholarships for Lincoln University

Scholarships for Otago University

Other scholarships

Check other opportunities using Generosity New Zealand. You can search it at your local public library, some school libraries or through your university.