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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 which may not otherwise be available.

Universities NZ, 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 NZ

Universities NZ manages a number of nationally contestable scholarship programmes.

Find undergraduate scholarships here (ie for school leavers and those who haven't yet graduated).

Find postgraduate scholarships here.

Scholarship eligibility

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

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

Scholarship applications

Universities NZ 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, please contact the Scholarships Team at Universities NZ:

New Zealand university scholarship opportunities

Each university also offers its own scholarship programmes:

Scholarships for Auckland

Scholarships for Auckland University of Technology

Scholarships for Waikato

Scholarships for Massey

Scholarships for Victoria

Scholarships for Canterbury

Scholarships for Lincoln

Scholarships for Otago

Other scholarships

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