New Zealand Government Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA), 2016

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New Zealand government offers Prime Minister Scholarships for New Zealand students which are administered by Education New Zealand to study or research in Asia. Scholarships are awarded to individuals and covers costs relating to study or research in Asia.

The scholarship’s aim to strengthen New Zealand’s ability to engage with key Asian trading partners and increase international understanding of the strength and quality of New Zealand’s education system

The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA) is a new initiative by the government to provide support for New Zealand students to experience study in Asia.

All applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of application and a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Residence holder of a minimum 2 years at the time of application.

Course Level: Scholarships are available to undertake at least 6 weeks up to a maximum of 2 years study or research in Asia.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded for programmes that demonstrably linked to New Zealand’s trade or economic agenda in Asia.

Scholarship Award: The two categories of the eligible programme each has their own funding policy.

1. Exchange Programme-PMSA funding for exchange programmes is awarded based on the duration of the programme and the quality of the candidate and their application with regards to the goals of the PMSA. Successful exchange PMSA candidates will be awarded between $200 and $250 per week, for each week they are actively on the programme in Asia.

2. Independent programmes (non-exchange)-PMSA candidates on non-exchange programmes may request funding for legitimate and reasonable expenses pertinent to the completion of the proposed programme.

  • Approved expenses include, but are not necessarily limited to;
  • Tuition/programme fees for your Asian institution
  • Economy flights to and from your Asian destination
  • Accommodation (while actively on programme)
  • Living expenses  (while actively on programme)
  • Insurance (while actively on programme, including travel to and from Asia)

Scholarship can be taken in Approved destinations are ASEAN countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, as well as China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India and Sri Lanka.

Eligibility:  All applicants must

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of application.
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Residence holder of a minimum 2 years at the time of application.
  • Not hold citizenship in their destination country in Asia.
  • Propose a programme that meets the requirements of the PMSA.

Programme Type There are two categories of eligible programmes; exchange programmes, and independent (non-exchange) programmes. If you are unsure whether your programme is an exchange, check with the Exchange or International Office at your current institution.

1. Exchange programmes

Eligible programmes that meet the following criteria are classified as exchange programmes:

  • Student is currently enrolled at a New Zealand institution
  • Programme is included in the NZ institution’s current exchange portfolio
  • Student continues to pay regular fees to their NZ institution during their programme in Asia

Note; credits from an exchange programme usually count towards the student’s NZ-based programme, all though this is not always the case.

2. Independent programmes (non-exchange)

All eligible programmes that are not exchanged are considered ‘independent’, whether the applicant is currently enrolled at a New Zealand institution or not. This category includes;

  • part or whole undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • language programmes
  • trade or economic-related short-term research or internships
  • other, non-exchange programmes that can be demonstrated to meet the programme requirements and PMSA objectives.

Nationality:New Zealand Education Students of New Zealand can apply for these Prime Minister scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Residence holder of a minimum 2 years at the time of application.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

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How to Apply: 

  • Download and complete the individual application form (available below)
  • Submit completed application form and required documents in hard copy by the Application Deadline (see below).
  • By post: Education New Zealand, Scholarships Manager, PO Box 12-041, Wellington 6144
  • By courier: Education New Zealand, Scholarships Manager, Level 5, 160 Lambton Quay, Wellington Central 6011

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 30 September 2016.

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