Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia
The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA) is a programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand.
Applications for the August 2019 round are now open. Please check the How to Apply section below for the application link.
Please note: we have merged the application deadlines for the Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia and Latin America. The new application deadlines for both scholarships will be: 30th Aug (round 1) and 30th March (round 2).
The Prime Minister’s Scholarship is a programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand.
The scholarship aims to:
- strengthen New Zealand institutions’ connections with their counterparts in key Asia countries
- promote understanding of the strength and quality of New Zealand’s education system and raise awareness of New Zealand as a preferred education destination
- improve the international skills of the New Zealand workforce
- strengthen people-to-people connections between New Zealand and countries in Asia through participants building lifelong friendships and networks.
- strengthen New Zealand’s ability to engage with key trading partners
- improve New Zealanders’ understanding of key trading partner’s business practice and culture
Long-term outcomes of the scholarship – we want Prime Minister’s Scholarship recipients:
- Applying their skills, knowledge and abilities; embracing different cultural contexts and developing as genuine, respectful global citizens, and;
- Using their skills, knowledge and networks to contribute to engagement and cooperation between New Zealand and key trading partners
The scholarship is awarded to individuals and currently contributes to the following costs relating to study, internship or research in Asia:
1. Individuals on exchange, internship or other independent programmes
|● Tuition fees of Asian institutions (not NZ fees)|
|● Contribution towards internship fees, up to a maximum of NZ$530 per week or actual if fee is less|
|● Return flights NZ - Asia - NZ$2,000|
|● contribution to living, accommodation, visa, insurance etc costs of NZ$270 per week on programme (click here for a list of insurance requirements)|
2. Individuals on Group programmes
|● New Zealand Tertiary providers/institutions may apply to the PMSA to fund a group (3+) to travel together to Asia on a specified programme that meets PMSA goals.|
|● Group programmes are applied for separately under the PMSA, and have their own application and reporting requirements. Individuals on a group programme must meet specified criteria.|
|● Individuals on a group programme are funded as for individuals above.|
To download the current scholarship guidelines, please click here.
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Applicants must undertake appropriate programmes in:
- China (greater China including Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Viet Nam, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, plus Japan, Malaysia or Singapore
- Educational institutions in the above countries and territories with whom a New Zealand educational institution has a formal agreement/partnership
Programmes must be a minimum of four weeks and not exceed 24 months (maximum funded weeks is 72).
Programmes must be full-time and can be:
- An undergraduate or postgraduate part or whole programme (including language programmes) in a relevant subject area at an appropriate institution in a target country, OR
- Education, trade or economic-related research to target countries, including cooperative or independent research at educational institutions. Applicants undertaking research-only programmes must be enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary institution, in either a master’s or PhD, OR
- A full-time internship (or part-time with additional study). Internships for longer than 12 weeks may be considered.
WHO CAN APPLY?
- be at least 18 years old at the date of applying for the scholarship, AND
- be a New Zealand citizen or hold Permanent Resident status and in all cases be ordinarily resident in New Zealand, i.e., have resided in NZ for 12 of the previous 24 months.
- may apply for a second Prime Minister’s scholarship only if their first award was as a member of a group PMS programme.
“My seven weeks in Taiwan has changed my life, inspired new career and life goals and given me tools to fuel my aspirations as a choreographer and diplomat.” – Xavier Muao Breed is a Master of Dance Studies student who received a PMSA to undertake research in Taiwan.
HOW TO APPLY
The August 2019 application round is now open, please use this link to submit an individual application online.
To complete an application, you will need to upload the following documents:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Proof of Citizenship for every country for which you hold citizenship and/or proof of Permanent Residency status
- Officially verified Academic Transcripts for up to three tertiary level qualifications (equivalent to level 5 and above). If you have never enrolled in a tertiary qualification, you will need to upload documentation of your highest secondary qualification if it has been completed within the past three years.
- A 120 second video (more details available in the online application)
You will also need to provide the names and emails of two referees to request references, one of which should be an academic reference.
The August 2019 application round is now open. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the group application link.
New Zealand Tertiary Education Organisations and approved organisations may submit group application/s for scholarship support on behalf of students wishing to travel to target countries on exchange or study abroad programmes, or on specifically-tailored study programmes in Asia.
In 2017, 20 fashion, textile and business students from Massey University spent six weeks in New Delhi, India to study sustainable fashion business.
There are two PMSA rounds a year. You will not be able to submit applications after the deadlines.
March Round: Applications must be submitted by 30 March
August Round: Applications must be submitted by 30 August
Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and whose study programme clearly meets the goals and requirements of the scholarship will additionally be expected to display academic strengths and personal attributes such as independence, initiative, maturity, and confidence . . . plus:
- The potential to succeed in academic study abroad
- The ability to represent New Zealand (and, where relevant, their home institution) positively; particularly the quality of a New Zealand education experience
- And most importantly - be willing and prepared to put into practice the aims of the scholarship.
|● Selection Panel Criteria for Assessing Group applications|
|● Selection Panel Criteria for Assessing Individual applications|
|● To find an institution – click here for the current QS Asia University Rankings|
|● To ensure your programme demonstrates New Zealand’s links to Asia – read the 'Building Export Markets' chapter of the Business Growth Agenda update 2017|
Previous scholarship recipients