New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships

The NZIDRS provides full tuition fees plus a living stipend for up to 36 months for international students to undertake PhD study at a New Zealand university. The NZIDRS are funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand.

The NZIDRS cover:
  • University tuition fees and associated student levies for 3 years
  • An annual living stipend of NZ$25,000 or NZ$2083.33 per month for 36 months
  • Medical insurance coverage up to NZ$600 annually for 3 years
Recipients can undertake PhD study in any discipline at any of New Zealand eight Universities:
AUT University, Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington.

Eligibility criteria

In order to receive the scholarship, you must meet ALL five of the following eligibility criterion.
1.     be a citizen of any country except New Zealand, Australia and Fiji
2.     hold a minimum equivalent 3.6/4.0 GPA OR A / A+ average in your most recent or highest post graduate tertiary qualification
3.     conduct your PhD study in New Zealand (not from a distance)
4.     meet the requirements for direct entry into a PhD programme at a New Zealand University. This includes; having completed the required academic qualifications for direct entry and meeting the requirements for English language proficiency
5.     If you have commenced your PhD studies in New Zealand, your start date must be after 15 January

Selection criteria

The scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and the impact of the proposed research for New Zealand.  Research projects should have a tangible, positive effect on:
  • New Zealand’s economy, in terms of international trade and business development in key sectors
  • Or, New Zealand’s population in terms of health and safety
  • Or, Research and scholarship in the above two areas

Before you start


Documents for download

  • NZIDRS application form: download the word version here and the pdf version here
  • NZIDRS referee letter and report: download the word version here and the pdf version here
  • NZIDRS provisional supervision formdownload the word version here and the pdf version here
  • NZIDRS terms and conditionsdownload the word version here and the pdf version here
  • NZIDRS eligibility checklistdownload the word version here and the pdf version here
  • NZIDRS required documents checklistdownload the word version here and the pdf version here

Contact: scholarship@enz.govt.nz




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