Prime Minister's Scholarships to Asia and Latin America

The Prime Minister's Scholarships to Asia and Latin America are funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao.


The scholarships support New Zealanders on learning experiences in these regions doing short and long term programmes including study abroad / exchange, internships, postgraduate study, and language programmes.

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  • Tuition fees to undertake a course in Asia or Latin America (not NZ fees) 
  • Brokerage fees of approved internship providers (for internships only) 
  • Return economy flights Asia-NZ $2500 or Latin America-NZ $3500
  • Contribution to living and accommodation costs of $250 for each week actively on programme in Asia or Latin America
  • Travel and medical insurance (provided by ENZ)
  • Contribution to visa fees up to a maximum of $200.

Closing Date

April for groups

August for individuals

Selection Criteria

How you will add value, as a result of this experience to:

  • Your career/ professional development/ networks
  • Your community
  • Your institution/ workplace
  • New Zealand at large.


  • Be a New Zealand citizen or hold a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa
  • Be an ordinarily resident in New Zealand and have resided in New Zealand for at least 12 of the past 24 months
  • Not have been previously awarded a Prime Minister's Scholarship (to either Asia or Latin America) - one group and one individual award can be accepted if the overall time spent on the scholarship does not succeed 72 weeks over 24 months study time
  • Be medically fit to travel
  • Be able to attend the full duration of your proposed overseas programme
  • Be eligible for an entry visa into your host nation(s)
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of application.

Destination Countries


Greater China (including Taiwan and Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore

Latin America

Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico 

Scholarship documents