Helpful Information to Get Scholarships at Top 10 Universities in New Zealand

New Zealand can be a great destination for those who seek to study with an excellent education system, internationally accredited qualifications, research opportunities, and a great quality of life. The education system in New Zealand is based on the renowned British Education System, and New Zealand universities have lower annual tuition fees. The living expenses in this country are also cheaper than other study abroad destinations such as the United Kingdom, the United States, and Switzerland. In addition, there are many scholarship opportunities that you can go for to help with your financial difficulties while studying in New Zealand.

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  1. The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country’s largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 85th worldwide in the QS World University Rankings 2019. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is made up of 8 faculties that are spread across 6 campuses. It has more than 40,000 students, and more than 30,000 “equivalent full-time” students.

Each year, the University of Auckland awards scholarships and prizes worth over $40 million to thousands of students. The scholarships are available by level of study and by country.

  • Undergraduate scholarships
  • University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship
  • University of Auckland Māori Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Auckland Pacific Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship
  • Postgraduate scholarships
  • University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships
  • University of Auckland Research Masters Scholarships
  • University of Auckland Postgraduate Honors / PG Diploma Scholarships
  • University of Auckland Pacific Postgraduate Scholarships
  • University of Auckland Māori Postgraduate Scholarships
  • Guaranteed Scholarships
  • Kupe Leadership Scholarship
  • Summer Research Scholarships
  • Other undergraduate funding options
  • Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education
  • Toloa Tertiary Scholarships
  • GCSB Tertiary Scholarship
  • NASA International Internship Program
  • Attitude Trust Communication Scholarship
  • Country-specific scholarships and funding
  • Canadian student loans
  • Commonwealth Scholarships
  • Chilean CONICYT Scholarships
  • China Scholarship Council (CSC) scholarships
  • New Zealand-China Doctoral Research Scholarship
  • New Zealand-China NCD Collaborative Research Center PhD Scholarship
  • German Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Scholarships
  • Dikti-University of Auckland Scholarship
  • Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP)
  • MARA Scholarship
  • Petronas Scholarship
  • NZ ASEAN Scholar Awards
  • OSCS
  • University of Auckland Fulbright Scholarships
  • The University of Auckland Commonwealth Scholarships

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  1. University of Otago

The University of Otago is a collegiate university located in Denudin, Otago, New Zealand. It scores highly for average research quality, and in 2006 was second in New Zealand only to the University of Auckland in the number of A-rated academic researchers it employs. In the past it has topped the New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund evaluation. The university was created by a committee led by Thomas Burns, and officially established by an ordinance of the Otago Provincial Council in 1869.

The University offers entrance scholarships for full-time, first-year level undergraduate study. These include:

  • Academic Excellence: typically around $35,000
  • Leaders of Tomorrow: $6,000 (exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value and a longer tenure)
  • Māori: $10,000 (exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value and a longer tenure)
  • Pacific Peoples’: $10,000 (exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value and a longer tenure)
  • 150th: $6,000 (exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value and a longer tenure)
  • Donna-Rose McKay: $6,000 (exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value and a longer tenure)
  • Performance: $16,000 (exceptional applicants may be offered this scholarship at a higher value in year one)
  • New Frontiers: $2,500 or $5,000
  • Dux: $6,000 (value is reduced if held in conjunction with another Otago Entrance Scholarship)
  • Alumni Appeal: $6,000
  • Alumni in America Inc.: $6,000
  • Law Alumni: $6,000
  • 71-73 Alumni: $6,000
  • Callis Trust Performance: $16,000
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship: varies

Visit Entrance Scholarships to see more undergraduate first-year scholarships, or to learn more about the University of Otago.

  1. Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington is a university located in Wellington, New Zealand, established in 1897bby Act of Parliament, and was a constituent college of the University of New Zealand.  The university is well-known for its programs in law, the humanities, and some scientific disciplines, and offers a broad range of other courses. Victoria University of Wellington had the highest average research grade in the New Zealand Government’s Performance-Based Research Fund exercise. The university has been ranked 221st in the World’s Top 500 universities by the QS World University Rankings 2019.

Scholarships at Victoria University of Wellington are available for students at all levels of study and are based on a variety of criteria. The Scholarships database provides a full list of scholarships available to existing or potential Victoria University of Wellington students. All the information including application forms that you need regarding the scholarships can be downloaded from the database. The list of scholarships includes:

Visit Scholarships for further details, or to learn more about Victoria University of Wellington.

  1. University of Canterbury

Founded in 1873 as Canterbury College, the University of Canterbury is New Zealand’s second-oldest university. It was the first constituent college of the University of New Zealand. The University of Canterbury is a prestigious destination to study, being ranked in the world’s top 250 universities.

The University of Canterbury understands that a university education is a major investment for you and your family. The university offers a range of scholarships that might just provide the helping hand you need to make university life a little easier. Many of the scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence or sporting achievement. Others have an emphasis on social inclusion and equality and are awarded on the basis of financial need or other hardship.

  • Energy Education Trust New Zealand Undergraduate Scholarship
  • UCSA University of Canterbury Students Association Lloyd Lilley Scholarship
  • Elaine P. Snowden Scholarship in Astronomy
  • Fitzroy Engineering University of Canterbury Engineering Scholarship
  • Go Canterbury Scholarship
  • Helen Macmillan Brown Bursaries
  • HMNZS Canterbury Scholarship
  • John McMillan Scholarship
  • John Waller Memorial Scholarship
  • Leigh and Judith Scholarship
  • Lissie Rathbone Scholarship
  • S. McCully Scholarship
  • Gertrude Ardagh Holmes Bursary Fund
  • R. Templin Bursary
  • Lighthouse Vision Trust Scholarship

Visit Scholarships at UC for further details, or to learn more about the University of Canterbury.

  1. University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is a comprehensive university in Hamilton, New Zealand. It was established in 1964, and has a satellite campus located in Tauranga. The university has 10 faculties and schools, and 7 research institutes. In the latest 2019 QS rankings, the University of Waikato leapt more than 100 places in 5 years to 274th place – in the top 1.1 percent of the world’s 26,000 universities.

There are 140 different scholarship programs you can choose from to help fund your study at the University of Waikato. You can search for those you may be eligible to apply for using the scholarships finder. The listed scholarships include:

  • University of Waikato Squash Scholarship
  • GymAware Research Award
  • University of Waikato Research Masters Scholarship
  • University of Waikato Taught Postgraduate Scholarship
  • University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship
  • Flower Agribusiness Conference Award
  • WMS International Exchange Scholarship
  • Broad Memorial Fund
  • CMS International Exchange Scholarship
  • Murray Pearson & Lightwire Undergraduate Scholarship in Computer Science

Visit Scholarships and Awards for more information regarding the scholarships, or to learn more about the University of Waikato.

  1. Lincoln University

Lincoln University is a New Zealand university that was formed in 1990 when Lincoln College, Canterbury was made independent of the University of Canterbury. It has a student population from more than 60 countries. It ranks 317th in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2019, and ranks in the top 50 in the fields of Agriculture and Forestry, and also Hospitality and Leisure Management.

The University offers hundreds of scholarships to help cover the students’ costs while studying and/or staying in New Zealand. These scholarships include Lincoln University Excellence Scholarship, Future Leader Scholarship, Sports Scholarship, and Lincoln University Doctoral Scholarship.

  • FAR Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Horticulture New Zealand Scholarships
  • Lincoln University Ahuwhenua Scholarship
  • Lincoln University Aoraki Connect Scholarship
  • Lincoln University Fanua Scholarship
  • New Zealand Foreign Affairs & Trade – Scholarships
  • Education New Zealand
  • Maori Education Trust
  • Fulbright New Zealand
  • Woolf Fisher Trust
  • John R. Templin Scholarship
  • Rhodes Scholarship

Visit Scholarships for more information regarding the offered scholarships, or for more information regarding Lincoln University.

  1. Massey University

Massey University is a university based in Palmerston North, New Zealand, with significant campuses in Albany and Wellington. Massey University has approximately 30,800 students, about 13,700 of whom are extramural or distance-learning students, making it New Zealand’s second largest university when not counting international students. Research is undertaken on all three campuses, and more than 3,000 international students from over 100 countries study at the university.

Massey University is the only university in New Zealand offering degrees in aviation, dispute resolution, veterinary medicine, and nanoscience. Its veterinary school is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and is recognized in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Britain. Its agriculture program is the highest-ranked in New Zealand, and the 19th in the world according to QS.

Massey University offers a range of awards, grants and scholarships to assist students with fees and living expenses, and to support academic aand research excellence.

For undergraduate students, the Massey University High Achiever scholarships were established to support new students enrolling at Massey University with a previous record of high achievement in the areas of academic, arts, and sports.

The Masterate and doctoral scholarships are offered for the purpose of encouraging postgraduate research at Massey University and are awarded on academic ranking.

Visit Scholarships and Awards for other scholarships and awards, or for more information about Massey University.

  1. Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is a university in New Zealand, formed in 2000 when a former technical college (originally established in 1895) was granted university status. It has 5 faculties across 3 campuses in Auckland: City, North, and South campuses, and an additional 3 specialist locations: AUT Millennium, Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory and AUT Center for Refugee Education. AUT has over 29,000 students including around 4,000 international students from 94 countries and around 2,400 postgraduate students. The university ranks amongst the top 500 universities in the world.

There is a wide range of scholarships and awards available to AUT students at all stages of their study. The AUT scholarships database holds searchable information about over 100 AUT scholarships and a further 200 externally funded scholarships and provides links to the application processes. The offered scholarships include:

Other sources for scholarship information:

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  1. Manukau Institute of Technology

Established in 1970, Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) is the largest Category One institute of technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Category One is the highest possible educational rating as evaluated by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). MIT is one of the largest providers of technical, vocational and professional education in New Zealand. Every year over 14,000 students choose to study with MIT at 9 campuses within the greater Auckland region.

There are various grants and scholarships offered by community organizations, government departments and businesses to support the students’ study at MIT. The university itself has a number of scholarships available, including:

  • Future Grad Scholarships: up to 30 scholarships worth $2,000 each, for employed students wishing to enroll in a part-time or online study program.
  • New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) Scholarships: 10 scholarships worth $14,000 each, for students wishing to study in the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE).
  • Women in Trades Training Scholarship: 5 scholarships for women wanting to study a level 3 trade qualification.
  • Māori Pasifika Trades Training Scholarships: scholarships for Māori and Pasifika people wanting to gain trade qualifications, New Zealand apprenticeships and employment.
  • Rūnanga Scholarship: scholarships worth $5,000 to cover a full year of tuition fees for an undergraduate degree or diploma.

Visit Scholarships and Grants for further details. Learn more about MIT at

  1. Unitec Institute of Technology

Unitec Institute of Technology is the largest institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Over 15,000 students study programs from certificate to postgraduate degree level (levels 3 to 9) across a range of subjects from architecture through to zoo-keeping. Unitec is a member of the International Association of Universities. Its main campus is situated in Mt. Albert while its secondary campus is situated in Henderson and there are various pop-ups throughout the North Shore. The university also offers study programs overseas.

Unitec also offers scholarships and awards to support the students. These scholarships include:

  • Kordia and Unitec Cyber Excellence Scholarship: $5,000 and the opportunity to participate in an internship
  • Postgraduate Scholarships – Master of Business: $5,000
  • Archiland Scholarship: $3,000 and the opportunity to participate in work experience
  • Bold Innovators Scholarship: more than $5,000
  • Break Time Study Grants: up to $500
  • Chancellor Foundation Scholarship: Award International Students’ Excellence: $1,500
  • Concentrix Leadership Scholarships: $5,000 towards tuition fees
  • Diverse Gender Scholarship: $2,000 toward course costs for full-time study, $1,000 for part-time
  • English Language Scholarship for International Students: up to $7,000
  • Fred Tschopp Landscape Architecture Scholarship: $3,000

Find out what other scholarships and awards are available for your study at Unitec Institute of Technology on the Scholarships and Awards page. Visit to learn more about the university.