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.  The scholarship aims to:

  • strengthen New Zealand 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

Latest scholarship recipients:

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 only – not NZ institution fees
  • Brokerage fees of Internship providers
  • Return economy class flights NZ-Latin America - NZ$3,500
  • Contribution towards living and accommodation costs of $250 for each week actively on programme in Latin America (if not covered by the internship brokerage fee)
  • Medical and travel insurance (mandatory - click here for a list of insurance requirements)
  • Visa and/or vaccine fees of $200


2. Individuals on Group programmes

  • Tertiary Education Organisations 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. Individuals on a group programme must meet specified criteria 
  • An individual’s costs are covered as above, plus additional funding of up to $20,000 per group application may be applied for to cover group-related costs.  

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. Individuals or groups may check with ENZ if preferred destination institution is not listed as having a formal relationship with a New Zealand institution. It may still meet requirements. 

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

For more information on institutions and programmes, please email scholarship@enz.govt.nz.

HOW LONG? 

Recipients must spend 4 weeks actively on programme in Latin America, up to a maximum of two years. 

WHAT?

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. Study programmes must be a minimum of 30 hours per week 
  3. A full-time internship (minimum 30 hours per week) of between 4 to 12 weeks, see here for a list of suggested internship providers and brokers. If the internship is part-time, it must be combined with a concurrent programme of study [eg language study] that brings total hours to 30 hours per week. Internships for longer than 12 weeks may be considered. 
  4. 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, libraries and other facilities. Research applicants must be currently enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary institution.

WHO CAN APPLY?

At the date of application candidates must be at least 18 years old and be New Zealand citizens or Permanent Resident holders.

Previous scholarship recipients:

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. 

How to apply

Individual Applications

Applications for the October round are now open via this link

Group Applications

New Zealand institutions 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. 

Applications for the October round are now open via this link.

Application Deadlines

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

April Round: Applications must be submitted by 30 April

October Round: Applications must be submitted by 30 October

Resources per Country

Brasil
Chile 
Colombia

 

 

What's in it for me?