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 is 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.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded for programmes that demonstrably linked to New Zealand’s trade or economic agenda in Asia.
Course Level: Scholarships are available to undertake at least 6 weeks up to a maximum of 2 years study or research in Asia.
Scholarship Provider: New Zealand government
Scholarship can be taken at: 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.
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.
Independent programmes (non-exchange): All eligible programmes that are not exchange 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.

Scholarship Open for International Students:New Zealand Education Students of New Zealand can apply for these Prime Minister scholarships.

Scholarship Description: Applications are now open for the March and September 2016 rounds of the PMSA. Applications are welcome from eligible candidates who are dedicated to building lasting connections between New Zealand and Asia. The Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) is a scholarship programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand. Established in June 2013, the scholarship is awarded to individuals and covers costs relating to study or research in Asia. 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.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Programmes supported by the scholarship must be at least six weeks duration and can be up to two years and demonstrably linked to New Zealand’s trade or economic agenda in Asia. Programmes must take place in Asia and be full time i.e. a minimum 20 hours per week (or 30 hours per week if combined study plus internship).

What does it cover? The two categories of eligible programme each have their own funding policy:
-Exchange Programmes: 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 programme in Asia.
-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) and Insurance (while actively on programme, including travel to and from Asia).

Selection Criteria: Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and whose study programme clearly meets the goals and requirements of the scholarship will additionally be expected to display academic strengths and personal attributes such as independence, initiative, maturity, and confidence . . . plus:
-the potential to succeed in academic study abroad
-the ability to represent both New Zealand and their home institution positively, particularly the value of their New Zealand education experience
-the willingness and preparedness to communicate cross-culturally

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: Submit completed application form and required documents in hard copy by post or courier.

Scholarship Application Deadline: There are two scholarship rounds per year. Applications must be submitted before the following dates: 30 March 2016 and 30 September 2016.

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