Scholarships play an important role in a student’s decision to study abroad. Some students manage to sponsor their education with the savings of their family but a majority of students still depend on scholarships, bursaries and bank loans to complete their dream of studying abroad. Students aspiring to study in New Zealand
can choose from a number of scholarships offered by the New Zealand government and private organisations.
Some of the popular scholarships are:
- Commonwealth Scholarship
- New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)
- New Zealand Development Scholarship - Public Category (NZDS Public)
- R.H.T. Bates Postgraduate Scholarship
The Commonwealth Scholarship is offered by the Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme of the New Zealand government for students of developing nations aspiring to study postgraduate or doctoral level courses in New Zealand. The scholarships are offered to students who opt for a full-time course; two years for postgraduate courses and four years for doctoral courses. The scholarship covers tuition fees and living costs. Scholarship awardees can study in any of the following institutions - University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Waikato, Massey University, Auckland University of Technology, University of Otago and Lincoln University. The Commonwealth scholarships are managed by every country’s nominating agency. In India, the nominating agencies are Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Deputy Educational Adviser of Ministry of Human Resource Development.
New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS):
The New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships provide financial support for international students seeking doctoral degrees by research in New Zealand universities. Funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by the Education New Zealand Trust, the scholarship amount is generous and awardees receive funding, which covers tuition fees, a living allowance ($25,000 per annum), a travel allowance (up to $2,000), an annual health insurance allowance ($600), a one-off establishment allowance ($500), and a book and thesis allowance ($800).
Applicants should meet the following criteria:
- 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 and also meet the prescribed English language requirements.
- Provide evidence that they have contacted the relevant department in their chosen institution and discussed their proposed research, research interests and the availability of supervision. Candidates who have a firm offer of a place are preferred.
New Zealand Development Scholarship - Public Category (NZDS Public):
This scholarship opportunity is offered to people from selected developing countries by NZAID, the New Zealand government's international aid and development agency. Both undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships are available. The scholarship covers tuition fees, return airfare, basic living allowance, health care insurance and an arrival allowance.
R.H.T. Bates Postgraduate Scholarship:
This scholarship is an extremely prestigious award given by the Royal Society of New Zealand. The scholarship, tenable at any New Zealand University
for one year, is available to graduates who are registered for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Physical Sciences and Engineering. In accordance with Professor Bates’ love of interdisciplinary research a wide range of students in the physical sciences and engineering will be eligible. Preference will be given to those whose research aims to apply information/image processing to studies in medicine, the physical sciences, astronomy or engineering.
Students are advised to browse through the websites of the institutions, which they have short-listed to check for institution-specific scholarships. Institutions like the Victoria University of Wellington and University of Otago offer scholarships of their own to eligible international students. With a wealth of information available on the internet, students should be thorough in their research and apply to all relevant scholarships for which they are eligible.