New Zealand International Doctoral Scholarships (NZIDRS), 2016-2017

Applications are invited for New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS). The NZIDRS are open for international students to undertake Ph.D. study at a New Zealand university.

The scholarship aims to attract and retain the best international researchers to New Zealand.

The New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship (NZIDRS) is a Government funded scholarship, administered by Education New Zealand.

Applicants must hold a minimum grade equivalent to a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale OR an A to A+ average in your most recent or highest post graduate tertiary qualification. As a general rule, for those wishing to complete a postgraduate qualification an overall IELTS score of 6.5 and no band less than 6.0 is the minimum required.

Course Level: Scholarships are available to undertake Ph.D. study at a New Zealand university.

Study Subject(s): Applications are welcomed from eligible candidates undertaking relevant research in any discipline.

Scholarship Award: The NZIDRS covers the following for a TOTAL of three years (36 months):

  • New Zealand University annual tuition fees and associated student levies
  • An annual living stipend of NZ$25,000 per year (tax-free)
  • Medical insurance coverage up to NZ$600 annually

Scholarship can be taken in New Zealand

Eligibility:  The NZIDRS is a prestigious, highly competitive scholarship. It is awarded based on academic excellence and the benefit of the candidate’s proposed research to New Zealand. In order to apply for the NZIDRS applicants must meet all five eligibility criteria. These criteria are non-negotiable.

  • Applicants must hold a minimum grade equivalent to a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale OR an A to A+ average in your most recent or highest post graduate tertiary qualification
  • Applicants must have a confirmed, non-conditional offer of place for a (direct-start) Ph.D. programme at a New Zealand university
  • If applicants have commenced their Ph.D. studies in New Zealand, their start date must be after 01 July 2015
  • Applicants must conduct their Ph.D. study in New Zealand (not from a distance)
  • Applicants must not hold citizenship or PR status in New Zealand or Australia.

Nationality: International students can apply for these scholarships.

College Admission Requirement New Zealand Education

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must hold a minimum grade equivalent to a GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale OR an A to A+ average in your most recent or highest post graduate tertiary qualification.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: As a general rule, for those wishing to complete a postgraduate qualification an overall IELTS score of 6.5 and no band less than 6.0 is the minimum required. 

How to Apply: Download and complete an NZIDRS application form and submit it in hard copy by post. Required documents are:

  • Academic Transcripts, Grading Scale and Certificates of Completion
  • Credential Evaluation Report
  • Evidence of a confirmed, non-conditional offer of place from New Zealand University
  • Academic References
  • Provisional Supervision Form
  • Proof of Citizenship
  • Curriculum Vitae

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 15 July 2016.

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