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New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship

To be eligible for a scholarship students must:
• Be international students
• Please note that citizens of Fiji may not apply for the NZIDRS until further notice.
• Hold an ‘A’ average or equivalent in their studies to date
• Meet the requirements for entry into a research based doctoral degree programme at a New Zealand university. (Please note, this will include proof of English Language proficiency.)
• Provide: An Educational Credential Evaluation (ECE) Certificate. See ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ for further information including contact details for ECE and exceptions.
• Provide evidence that they have been in contact with the relevant department of their chosen institution and discussed their proposed research, research interests and the availability of appropriate supervision.
• Hold one of the following English language test scores, achieved no longer than two (2) years prior to the time of application:
• An IELTS Academic Test with an overall score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6; or
• A TOEFL test score of at least 575, including a score of 4.5 in the Test of Written English; or
• A score of 233 in the Computer based TOEFL, including an Essay Writing score of 4.5; or
• An overall score of 100 in the Internet based TOEFL; or
• Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – Grade B;
• Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) – Grade C
Applications will be considered from international doctoral students who meet the above criteria, including those who have already applied for entry to a New Zealand university. A limited number of scholarships are available to students already enrolled at a New Zealand university.

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For International Students interested in pursuing Doctoral Research in NZ


Varies, See regulations

Up to 40


Up to 3 years of full time study for a doctoral research degree

Funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand, the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS), are a significant educational opportunity.
The scholarships provide financial support for international students undertaking doctoral degrees by research in New Zealand universities.

Education NZ website www.newzealandeducated.com/scholarships or

Education NZ email address
[email protected]

Scholarships website

Further Information


  1. Muhammad Ehsan Mazhar says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am Student of M.Phil Physics in Pakistan at Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan.It will complete my eighteen years of education in the end of this year.
    I am interested in getting enrolled in PhD. program in New Zealand.
    I would like to apply for any scholarship program in New Zealand. Please inform me about the opportunities and procedures required.
    I will be Grateful to you for your immediate response.

  2. Asim Daud says:

    Dear Sir,
    My name is Asim Daud Rana and Currently I have been teaching the subjects of Remote sensing and satellite Image Processing in the Department of Space Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan for the last three years.
    Previously I had been working with WWF-Pakistan as a remote sensing analyst and have worked over various Environmental conservation projects regarding forestry, Glaciology and species Distribution.

    I am seeking a fully funded phd program in PhD degree in applications of Remote Sensing in Forestry, glaciology and geology.

    I am M.Sc Gold Medalist form Punjab University.

    I will prove myself worthy for having this degree if given a chance. I will highly be grateful for your gracious response.
    Asim Daud.

  3. This is Tesfit Mekonen, 26, Eritrean. I hold MA Degree in Educational Management and Administration from Kampala International Universit (KIU), Kampala, Uganda. My first Degree was also in Educational Administration from Asmara University, Eritrea. I am therefore looking forward to pursue my PhD studies. I very much know that your offer will help me a lot. So, please help me with an open arm. I am eagerly waiting to hear from you.
    Thank you,
    Tesfit Mekonen!

  4. BINA says:

    I am first division holder both in secondary and highar secondary levels. I obtained first class first in honours level.Now i am going to submit my M.Phil thesis named Phytochemical investigation on oyster mushroom(pleurotus ostreatus) from Dhaka University, Bangladesh. I am a lecturer of a degree college. I WANT TO GET Ph.D FULL FUND SCHOLARSHIP.WOULD YOU PLEASE HELP ME?My E-mail address is [email protected]

  5. Prakash Bhattarai says:

    I am Prakash C Bhattarai from Kathmandu, Nepal. I have a Master in Sociology. I am in the final stage of M Phil in Education specialization in Development Studies. Currently I am working as the faculty of Socioloy and Research Methodology in Undergraduate Level. I am loking for a full funded PhD scholarship in Social Sciences or Development studies or any related discipline to boost up my teaching profession.
    E-mail: [email protected]

  6. Francis Oyat Otoo says:

    I would like to Join a university on humanities with courses focused on development human services in African countries. I can submit my relevant documents. i Hold an MBA management science of Gulu University

    I hope to hear from you

  7. Leila Doleh says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am Leila Doleh, I have MSc degree of Pomology from Guilan University, Iran. I studied postharvest, my thesis was about relationship between the content of Ascorbic acid, Peroxidase and total Phenolic compounds and incidence of postharvest physiological disorders in 9 local and foreign cultivars of pears. The second objective of my research was determining the relationship between these biochemical characteristic factors of fruit especially Peroxidase activity and resistance to the disease for using as a biochemical marker in breeding program for Fire blight.
    I am highly motivated to up grade my knowledge in Pomology and very interested in continuing my study and research in PhD, but financial aid is my primary concern and i am looking for a full-scholarship across. Are there opportunities to take loans or offset some of the costs by working and studying at the same time? I will pay the scholarship back to the school after completing my graduate study and finding a job so that another student may take my place….
    I would be much thankful if I could have this opportunity to study PhD abroad. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
    I’m looking forward to hearing from you
    With regards
    Leila Doleh
    [email protected]

  8. AMMAL says:

    dear sir
    I would like to express my a fmiration of your elegant fields of research. Iam Ammal Esmaeel Ibrahim female MSC. from Iraq Iam foyer to find an appartaimty to be involved as a full Time PhD. Student of your department. Iam seeking for a scholarship to cover tuition feeds and living expevses. I hope to accept my required and my wish come true to completing my study in chemistry science because I can not completing my study in iraq and I think you have idea a bout the situation in iraq and my family that consist of nine people make an another problem is the money problem. (Pleas can you help me to completing my study (PhD. in chemistry science). would you mind directing me learn to apply and if there is any opportunities for getting Scholarship from your University thank you to read my message pleas answer me as soon as possible

    with my best regards.
    Ammal Esmaeel Ibrahim
    emil: [email protected]

  9. Tilahun Begashaw says:

    I am an Ethiopian, male and just turn to 37. I am merried and have two children, 4 and 2 years old. Currently, I am working at Haramaya University in the faculty of education, Ethiopia. I earned a bachelor degree in Health and Physical education and a master degree in educational psychology in this same country. Now I want to pursue my PhD study in New Zealand in the area of education.
    Therefore, I appereciate if you advise me on how to get an opportunity for scholarship. Thank you in advance.

  10. san hla htwe says:

    I want to attend Ph D programme concerning agricultural science. But I have no financial support. My master research project is ‘ effect of different irrigation managements on performance of soybean (Glycine max.).

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