Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America
The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America (PMSLA) is a programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand.
Applications for the August 2019 round open in mid July.
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).
“I have improved my Spanish so much that I am fairly fluent, and have learnt a lot about the history and culture of Colombia.” – Eve Bain spent 2017 on an exchange in Colombia.
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 Latin America 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 Latin America 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 andabilities; embracing different cultural contexts and developing as genuine, respectful global citizens, and
- Using their skills, knowledge andnetworks 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 Latin America:
1. Individuals on exchange, internship or other independent programmes
|● Tuition fees of Latin American institutions (not NZ fees)|
|● Contribution towards internship fees, up to a maximum of NZ$530 per week or actual if fee is less|
|● Return economy class flights NZ-Latin America - NZ$2,500|
|● 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 PMSLA to fund a group (3+) to travel together to Latin America on a specified programme that meets PMSLA goals|
|● Group programmes are applied for separately under the PMSLA, and have their own application and reporting requirements. Funding for individuals on group programmes is as above.|
To view the current scholarship guidelines, please click here.
Preference is currently for applicants undertaking appropriate programmes in Colombia and Brazil. Other Latin American countries such as Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Peru are also included. The destination institution should have a formal relationship with a New Zealand institution.
You can find out more about institutions in Latin America, and where they are ranked in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, by visiting their website. You can also view the full list here.
Programmes must be a minimum of 4 weeks and not exceed 24 months. Maximum funded weeks over 24 months is 72.
Applicants must propose programmes that can be demonstrated to be linked to New Zealand’s education, economic or trade agenda in Latin America, and may include business, social sciences, the creative arts and culture, indigenous studies, ICT/new media. Programmes can be either:
- An undergraduate or postgraduate part or whole programme in a relevant subject area at an approved institution. Exchange programmes are included here.
- A full-time internship (or part-time with additional study). Internships for longer than 12 weeks may be considered.
- Education, trade or economic-related research or development including development/research for intending or existing teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, to target countries, including cooperative or independent research at educational institutions. Research applicants other than existing language teachers, must be currently enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary institution in a master's or PhD programme.
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.
HOW TO APPLY
To complete this 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 not completed 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.
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 Latin America.
“I have absolutely loved this trip, it has been a very amazing and humbling experience.” – 12 students from Massey University loved their four-week exchange in Colombia.
There are two PMSLA rounds a year. You will not be able to submit applications after the deadlines.
March Round: Applications must be submitted by 30 March (from the March 2019 onwards).
August Round: Applications must be submitted by 30 August (from August 2018 onwards).
Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and whose programme clearly meets the goals 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 Latin America University Rankings|
Language and study programmes
Please note, the programme costs in the documents below may vary from the current costs. Please make sure you check the institutions' website or contact the institution directly for the costs for the current study year before you submit a PMSLA application.