New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)General Information

What is the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship? The New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships provide financial support for international students seeking doctoral degrees by research in New Zealand universities.

Funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by the Education New Zealand Trust, the scholarships aim to:

  • Attract top international students
  • Maximise the research capability, and output of New Zealand tertiary providers
  • Build deeper education partnerships with participating countries and regions
  • Enhance the international profile and reputation of New Zealand’s tertiary education institutions.

What does the New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship (NZIDRS) cover? Scholarships are awarded for three years of full-time study for a doctoral degree. The scholarship funding covers tuition fees, a living allowance ($25,000 per annum), a travel allowance (up to $2,000), an annual health insurance allowance ($600), a one-off establishment allowance ($500), and a book and thesis allowance ($800). The average value of the scholarships varies depending upon the institution you are attending and area of study. Additional funds are not available to support accompanying dependents.

Who is eligible?Applications will be considered from international doctoral candidates including those who are already in the process of applying for entry to a New Zealand university. A limited number of scholarships are available to students who are already enrolled in a New Zealand university.

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must:

  • hold an “A” average or equivalent in their studies to date.
  • meet the requirements for entry into a research-based doctoral degree programme at a New Zealand university (note that this will include proof of English language proficiency).
  • provide evidence that they have contacted the relevant department in their chosen institution and discussed their proposed research, research interests and the availability of supervision. Candidates who have a firm offer of a place are preferred.

Selection Criteria: The following criteria will apply in evaluating applications:

  • The applicant has a record of sustained academic excellence, particularly in the chosen field of study, as supported by transcripts and letters of reference.
  • The applicant has a well-defined research programme, and wishes to study at a NZ university with the expertise and resources to support that research.
  • The applicant is an international student and meets all eligibility requirements.

Selection Process: A selection committee of senior academics, appointed by ENZ.

Please Note: All scholarship applications must be sent directly to Education New Zealand at the Wellington address given below.

Terms and conditions of awards: The following conditions apply to all scholarship holders:

  • Scholarship holders must be enrolled for a research-based postgraduate programme of study at a New Zealand university. “Research-based postgraduate programme of study” is defined in the Tertiary Education Commission’s Interim Guide to Tertiary Funding for 2004 Section – Postgraduate Education – Research-based post graduate courses. See the Tertiary Education Commission website
  • The scholarship is conditional upon gaining entry to a research-based doctoral degree programme at a New Zealand university. ‘Named’ or ‘Professional’ Doctorates are excluded from the NZIDRS programme.
  • Scholarship holders may not change their degree programme during tenure of the scholarship without written permission from their university and Education New Zealand.
  • The scholarship must be taken up in the academic year following selection, and may be withdrawn at the discretion of Education New Zealand if this is not possible.
  • Scholarships holders may not simultaneously hold other scholarships funded by the New Zealand government. This includes, but is not limited to Commonwealth and NZ Development Scholarships.
  • Scholarship holders are responsible for securing an appropriate entry visa to New Zealand, and for any fees associated with the visa, including a medical examination. The offer of a scholarship does not guarantee that such a visa will be granted.
  • Scholarship holders are permitted to undertake up to 20 hours employment per week at their host university in a teaching or research capacity within their field of study.
  • Scholarship holders are expected to reside in New Zealand throughout the tenure of the scholarship, and to inform their host university of any travel outside New Zealand.
  • Scholarship holders must maintain satisfactory progress and good standing as stipulated by their host university and degree programme, or the scholarship will be withdrawn.
  • Scholarship holders must follow the rules and regulations of their host university and degree programme. Any suspension from the university will result in immediate suspension of the scholarship.
  • Monthly stipends are not payable during suspensions, including suspension due to illness.
  • Students who hold New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency may not apply under any circumstances. Should an NZIDRS recipient apply for permanent residency or citizenship during the tenure of their scholarship, the NZIDRS will be withdrawn.
How do I apply?

Step 1 : Visit the Education New Zealand Student website and download the Application form (Word), Terms & Conditions (pdf) and Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) documents. See the Education New Zealand Student website.

Step 2: Complete the application form in English. Sign and date the form.

Step 3: Attach the supporting documents as stipulated on the application form.

Step 4 : Send six copies of your application form and six copies of all supporting documents to:

Scholarships Manager
The Education New Zealand
P O Box 12-041
Wellington 6144, New Zealand

Phone No: +64 4 4720788
Fax: +64 4 4712828

Closing Date: Applications must have been received by Education New Zealand (ENZ) in Wellington by 5pm on the 15 July annually. In those years where the 15th falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted until 5pm on the Monday immediately following.

More Information: For further information or clarification about the NZIDR Scholarship programme please contact the ENZ Scholarships Manager at:

Email: or visit the New Zealand Educated Website.

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Deadline: 15/07/2013