New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships

Applications are now open for the 2014 round of the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)


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 2014

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

How to apply

1. Download and complete the NZIDRS 2014 application form.

2. Submit your form and required documents to Education New Zealand before 15 July 2014. The Application form contains detailed instructions as to how to submit your application and documents.

All forms are provided for download below in Word Doc and Writable PFD format.

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

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships

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