Applicants must undertake appropriate programmes in:


·       China (greater China including Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Viet Nam, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, plus Japan, Malaysia or Singapore

·       Educational institutions in the above countries and territories with whom a New Zealand educational institution has a formal agreement/partnership




Programmes must be a minimum of four weeks and not exceed 24 months (maximum funded weeks is 72).




Programmes must be full-time and can be:


·       An undergraduate or postgraduate part or whole programme (including language programmes) in a relevant subject area at an appropriate institution in a target country, OR

·       Education, trade or economic-related research to target countries, including cooperative or independent research at educational institutions. Applicants undertaking research-only programmes must be enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary institution, in either a master’s or PhD, OR

·       A full-time internship (or part-time with additional study). Internships for longer than 12 weeks may be considered.




Applicants must:


·       Be at least 18 years old at the date of applying for the scholarship, AND

·       Be a New Zealand citizen or hold Permanent Resident status and in all cases be ordinarily resident in New Zealand, i.e., have resided in NZ for 12 of the previous 24 months.

·       May apply for a second Prime Minister’s scholarship only if their first award was as a member of a group PMS programme. 

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 New Zealand (and, where relevant, their home institution) positively; particularly the quality of a New Zealand education experience
  • And most importantly - be willing and prepared to put into practice the aims of the scholarship.

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