21 December 2016 at 9:00 am
It’s been a busy end of year for the ENZ scholarships team, with an impressive number of high-quality applications for both ‘outbound’ and ‘inbound’ scholarships.
The team has also launched a new online application process for the different scholarships on offer, Community Force. Applicants simply create a username and login, select the relevant award(s), complete the form and submit.
Round one of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA) 2016/17 and the inaugural round of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America (PMSLA) 2016/17 have closed, and the recipients have been officially announced by new Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Paul Goldsmith.
The purpose of these scholarships is to build lasting trade, economic and people-to-people connections between New Zealand and Latin America, and New Zealand and Asia.
The awardees come from New Zealand universities, institutes of technology, polytechnics and private training establishments. They will have the opportunity to study, carry out an internship, or conduct research at top institutions throughout Asia and Latin America.
Applications are now open for the next PMSA and PMSLA round. Applications for PMSA close 30 March 2017, while the PMSLA close 30 April 2017.
Please note: There has been a revision to the citizenship eligibility criteria for PMSA and PMSLA. Applicants must now be New Zealand citizens or permanent resident visa holders (no longer permanent resident visa holders of 2+ years).
The Generation Study Abroad (GSA) Excellence and Travel Award recipients are in the process of being finalised, with a further announcement to be made in January.
ENZ has partnered with eight New Zealand universities and 10 institutes of technology and polytechnics to offer the GSA awards, with the aim to support the Institute of International Education’s GSA initiative to double the number of US students who study abroad.
The GSA awards will also help attract US students to study in New Zealand. Along with ENZ’s Kiwi Ambassadors who blog and post on Instagram, GSA awardees will become Kiwi SnapChat Ambassadors, promoting study in New Zealand using social media – a first for ENZ in the US market.
Also underway is the selection process for the inaugural New Zealand Excellence Awards (NZEA) developed for Indian students to experience New Zealand excellence in the fields of business, fashion, and STEM-related programmes. More details on the scholarship will be provided in the New Year.