Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade New Zealand Scholarships for International Students

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The Southern Institute of Technology is proud to be one of only eleven approved New Zealand education institutions for the New Zealand Aid / MFAT Scholarships.

About the Scholarships

The New Zealand Government offers scholarships to eligible citizens from developing countries to study in New Zealand. These scholarships are from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade New Zealand

The purpose of these scholarships is to provide recipients with academic study to learn new skills and acquire knowledge to assist in the social and economic development of their home country when they return home. 

The New Zealand Aid Programme provides scholarships as part of the New Zealand's mission to support sustainable development to reduce poverty, and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.

Scholarships are offered in specific subject areas that are most relevant to the development needs of the recipient's country. This is so they can contribute to making a positive difference to their country when they return home at the end of their scholarship.

Depending on your country you may apply at certificate, undergraduate or postgraduate level.

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Eligible applicants are advised to learn more about the application process and view closing dates on the MFAT website.

These scholarships can include:

  • full tuition fees
  • a living allowance - this is a contribution to basic living expenses
  • an initial establishment allowance on arrival
  • medical insurance
  • ongoing pastoral care
  • travel from and to your home country - this is for travel from and return to your home country at the start and end of your scholarship
  • home leave or reunion travel for some scholars
  • assistance with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate research students

Recommended subjects for study

MFAT Scholarship Prospectus

MFAT Scholarship

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