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Published on May 2024

Scholarships for Indian Students Studying in New Zealand

New Zealand is a wonderful study abroad destination. The New Zealand government as well as private institutions provide numerous scholarships to eligible students who study in Kiwi universities. To help get financial aid, these scholarships are funded partially or fully depending on the institution and your eligibility. Overseas education consultants often explain about the scholarships when you consult them.

Eligibility Criteria

Even though the eligibility criteria differ according to the scholarship programs, some of the common criteria to be met are as follows.

Academic Excellence

A solid academic background with excellent grades from prior coursework or test results, is a requirement of many scholarship programs.

Admission to a New Zealand Institute

Before applying for a scholarship, candidates might have to apply for admission to a recognized institution in New Zealand. Verification of acceptance or enrolment in a university in NZ is required for some scholarship programs.

Leadership and Extracurricular Activities

Candidates with a track record of leadership potential and participation in extracurricular activities, such as community service, athletics, or cultural events, are highly sought after by many scholarship programs.

Letters of Recommendation

References attesting to an applicant's skills and accomplishments from instructors, professors, or employers are often demanded for scholarship applications.

Essays or Personal Statements

Applicants may be required to submit essays or personal statements explaining their academic and career objectives, reasons to study in New Zealand, and the ways in which they might contribute to their field of study.


Given are the scholarships for study in New Zealand for Indian students

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) of the New Zealand government administers the New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship program. Students from qualifying Commonwealth nations like India who want to study for an MA or a postgraduate degree such as a master's or doctorate in New Zealand are the target audience for these scholarships. 

This scholarship offers many benefits such as:

Full tuition fees

Living cost allowance up to 491 NZD per week

Upfront establishment allowance of 3000 NZD

Medical & travel insurance

Research & thesis costs for PG students

Travel expenses to & from NZ

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)

The New Zealand government offers a scholarship program called the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS) to assist foreign students pursuing doctorates (PhDs) at New Zealand universities.

This scholarship offers many benefits such as:

University tuition fees

Research expenses

Living cost up to NZ$25,000

Health insurance coverage up to NZ$600 annually for 3 years

Travel expenses to & from NZ

SEG Scholarship

The Soshi Educational Group, which has locations in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, provides funding for the SEG Scholarship. The SEG offers resources for learners of all ages, from young children to senior citizens, through its more than fifteen educational institutions spread around the Asia-Pacific region (including schools, tertiary institutes, and other educational organisations). The SEG provides educational possibilities in response to the evolving demands of 21st-century society. It supports undergraduate studies in geophysics and allied geosciences (A and B scholarships) as well as other programs (C scholarships).

Value of the scholarships

Scholarship A: NZ$ 7,000 annually 

Scholarship B: NZ$ 5,000 annually

SEG Scholarship C: NZ$ 3,000 annually

The length of the award is one year

New Zealand Excellence Awards

The 8 New Zealand universities—Auckland University of Technology, Lincoln University, The University of Auckland, Massey University, University of Canterbury, The University of Waikato, University of Otago, & Victoria University of Wellington as well as Education New Zealand collaborated to create the NZEA scholarship, which is intended for Indian students.

This scholarship will be awarded to 29 Indian students in total for the 2024–2025 academic year in order to help them with their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in New Zealand. The scholarship usually is between 10,000 to 20,000 NZ$.

Palmerston North City Mayor's Goodwill Ambassador Scholarship

The City Council of Palmerston North sponsors the Mayor's Goodwill Ambassador Scholarship (MGAS), which is used to advertise Palmerston North as a study destination for international students and to publicise events and activities conducted by these students. 

The scholarship can be used to cover a range of educational costs, including tuition, books, housing, and other associated expenses. It may also be required of recipients of the Palmerston North City Mayor's Goodwill Ambassador Scholarship to represent the city and promote its goals both inside and outside of the community. NZD 1,000 towards the first year's tuition is offered for undergraduate, graduate, and career-based/vocational courses. 

Being one of the most popular study abroad destinations in the world, NZ has scholarship advantages that would help you financially. With numerous scholarships meant for Indian students, you should be aware of how to begin the process. We are team Tutel, study abroad consultants in Kochi, Kerala. We can help you with our free consultation aiming to make you aware of the universities, courses, the best match for you, visa, and of course details about scholarships as well.