The Prime Minister's 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.


The 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 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  



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