Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America

The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America (PMSLA) is a programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand.

Applications for the August 2018 round are now closed. Applications for the next round will go live around 8-12 weeks before the next deadline of 30th March.

Please note: we have merged the application deadlines for the Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia and Latin America. The new application deadlines for both scholarships will be: 30th Aug (round 1) and 30th March (round 2).

Click here to view the latest scholarship recipients - 2017/18 round two.

Eve Bain in Colombia

“I have improved my Spanish so much that I am fairly fluent, and have learnt a lot about the history and culture of Colombia.” – Eve Bain spent 2017 on an exchange in Colombia.

 

The scholarship aims to:

● strengthen institutions’ connections with their counterparts in key Latin America countries
● promote understanding of the strength and quality of New Zealand’s education system and raise awareness in Latin America of New Zealand as a preferred education destination
● improve the international skills of the New Zealand workforce
● strengthen people to people connections between New Zealand and countries in Latin America through participants building lifelong friendships and networks.
● strengthen New Zealand’s ability to engage with key Latin American trading partners
● improve New Zealanders’ understanding of Latin American business practice and culture

 

To view the current scholarship guidelines, please click here

The scholarship is awarded to individuals and currently covers the following costs relating to study, internship or research in Latin America: 

1. Individuals on exchange, internship or other independent programmes

● Tuition fees of Latin American institutions (not NZ fees)
● Internship brokerage fees
● Return economy class flights NZ-Latin America - NZ$2,500
● Contribution to living, accommodation, visa, insurance etc costs of $270 per week on study programme. Click here for a list of insurance requirements

 

2. Individuals on group programmes

● New Zealand Tertiary providers/institutions may apply to the PMSLA to fund a group (3+) to travel together to Latin America on a specified programme that meets PMSLA goals
● Group programmes are applied for separately under the PMSLA, and have their own application and reporting requirements. Funding for individuals on group programmes is as above.

 

WHERE?

Preference is currently for applicants undertaking appropriate programmes in Colombia and Brazil. Other Latin American countries such as Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Peru are also included. The destination institution should have a formal relationship with a New Zealand institution.

You can find out more about institutions in Latin America, and where they are ranked in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, by visiting their website. You can also view the full list here

SarahinBogota2

“The experience had a big impact on broadening my horizons and was a chance for me to dedicate time to a topic I’m passionate about." – Sarah Tait pursued her passion for Latin America and agribusiness by studying commercial coffee bean farms in Colombia.

HOW LONG? 

Programmes must be a minimum of 4 weeks and not exceed 24 months. Maximum funded weeks over 24 months is 72.

WHAT PROGRAMMES?

Applicants must propose programmes that can be demonstrated to be linked to New Zealand’s education, economic or trade agenda in Latin America, and may include business, social sciences, the creative arts and culture, indigenous studies, ICT/new media.]  Programmes can be either:

  1. An undergraduate or postgraduate part or whole programme in a relevant subject area at an approved institution. Exchange programmes are included here.  
  2. A full-time internship (or part-time with additional study). Internships for longer than 12 weeks may be considered. 
  3. Education, trade or economic-related research or development including development/research for intending or existing teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, to target countries, including cooperative or independent research at educational institutions. Research applicants  other than existing language teachers, must be currently enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary institution in a master's or PhD programme.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Candidates must be at least 18 years old at the date of applying for the scholarship, and be New Zealand citizens or hold a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa.

HOW TO APPLY

Individual applications

Applications for the August 2018 round are now closed. Applications for the next round will go live around 8-12 weeks before the next deadline of 30th March.

To complete this application, you will need to upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of Citizenship for every country for which you hold citizenship and/or proof of Permanent Residency status
  • Officially verified Academic Transcripts for up to three tertiary level qualifications (equivalent to level 5 and above). If you have not completed a tertiary qualification, you will need to upload documentation of your highest secondary qualification if it has been completed within the past three years.
  • a 90 second video (more details available in the online application)

You will also need to provide the names and emails of two referees to request references, one of which should be an academic reference.

Group applications

New Zealand Tertiary Education Organisations and approved organisations may submit group application/s for scholarship support on behalf of students wishing to travel to target countries on exchange or study abroad programmes, or on specifically-tailored study programmes in Latin America. 

Massey in Colombia
 “I have absolutely loved this trip, it has been a very amazing and humbling experience.” – 12 students from Massey University loved their four-week exchange in Colombia.

Application deadlines

There are two PMSLA rounds a year. You will not be able to submit applications after the deadlines.

March Round: Applications must be submitted by 30 March (from the March 2019 onwards).

August Round: Applications must be submitted by 30 August (from August 2018 onwards). 

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and whose programme clearly meets the goals 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. 

Useful resources

Language and study programmes
Brazil 
Overview - Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) 
Overview - Universidade Estadual Paulista 
Programme Offer (28 September 2016)
Chile 
Overview - Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Valparaiso (JANUARY & FEBRUARY PROGRAMMES)
Overview - Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Utfsm) (International logistics programme)
Overview - Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Utfsm) (Semester abroad at USM programme)
Overview - Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Intensive Spanish Programme)
Overview - Universidad Andrés Bello (Exchange and Independent Programmes)
Overview - Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) (Exchange, short-term, Spanish programmes)
Colombia
Overview - Universidad Externado de Colombia (Spanish Language for Foreigners)
Overview - Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali (Academic exchange programme and Spanish intensive programme)
Overview - Universidad de Antioquia (Graduate semester abroad programme)
Overview - Universidad de Ciencia Aplicadas y Ambientales (UDCA) (undergraduate and internship programmes)
Overview - Pedogogical and Technological University of Colombia (UPTC)
Overview - Universidad Technologica de Bolivar (exchange programme)
Overview - Universidad Autonoma de Bucaramanga (undergraduate study abroad programme)
Overview - Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (Spanish for foreigners programme)
Overview - Universidad de la Salle (International Summer Academy)
Overview - Universidad de Ibague (Academic Exchange/Internship/Research)
Overview - Universidad de Antioquia (Spanish Winter/Summer course)
Overview - Universidad de Antioquia (undergraduate semester abroad programme)
Overview - Research internships at Universidad de Antioquia
Overview - Universidad de los Andes (academic exchange/language programmes)

Previous scholarship recipients:

  Scholarship recipients - 2017/18 Round One
  Scholarship recipients – October 2017
  Scholarship recipients  April 2017
  Scholarship recipients – October 2016
  Scholarship recipients – April 2016

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