21 December 2023 at 1:40 pm

Prime Minister's Scholarships for study in Asia and Latin America for 2023-24 announced

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Prime Minister’s Scholarships for study in Asia and Latin America for 2023-24 announced 


114 New Zealanders receive scholarships to Asia and Latin America


New Zealand’s connections with Asia and Latin America are set to receive a boost with the announcement of 114 individual recipients of the Prime Minister’s scholarships for Asia and Latin America over the next year, Acting Chief Executive for Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ), Linda Sissons announced today.   

The latest round will see scholarship recipients heading to destinations including Japan, Korea, Malaysia, China, India, Viet Nam, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and Chile for study and internship programmes. The individual scholarships follow the group scholarships awards of earlier this year which saw 14 groups of New Zealanders travelling to study in Asia and Latin America.    

Scholarships have been awarded to recipients from a wide range of regions from around New Zealand, including Rotorua, Taupo, Gisborne, Hastings, Feilding, Tauranga, Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Dunedin, Riwaka and Oamaru.    

“The Prime Minister’s Scholarships offer a fantastic opportunity for New Zealanders to foster lifelong connections as they learn and grow their understanding of cultures and business practices across Asia and Latin America”, Acting Chief Executive for Education New Zealand, Linda Sissons said.   

“The scholarships are awarded to enable recipients to undertake a range of global study opportunities, from language learning and exchange study to internships.  

“Over the next year, recipients will embark on semester exchanges, medical electives, language immersion and indigenous integration programmes, internships, and research projects in areas such as architecture and healthcare engineering.   

“The scholarships continue to enable a rich exchange of knowledge, ideas and culture for New Zealanders through reciprocal study opportunities and increase global understanding of the strength and quality of our education system”.   

A full list of recipients of this individual round can be found here.   


Additional information  

Read how the Prime Minister’s Scholarships have enabled these past recipients to study abroad and have enriching, life-changing experiences:   

Laetitia Laubscher  

Te Maiora Rurehe  


About the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia and Latin America   

The Prime Minister’s Scholarship programme aims to strengthen New Zealand’s ability to engage with Asian and Latin American trading partners, improve the internationalisation of New Zealand tertiary institutions​, showcase the strength and quality of New Zealand's education system and grow inter-cultural awareness and connections between New Zealand and other countries.     

The scholarships offer flexible funding to support both short- and long-term programmes, including study abroad or exchange, internships, postgraduate study, and language programmes.    

The Prime Minister’s Scholarships are funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao.    

The Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) were launched in 2013 and extended to Latin America (PMSLA) in 2016. To date, 4,155 scholarships have been awarded under the programme.   

There are two scholarship rounds each year, and applications for the next scholarship round will be open to group applicants in March 2024. Many scholarship recipients are enrolled in tertiary institutions across New Zealand, but this is not a requirement for the scholarship. Any New Zealand citizen or permanent resident over 18 years old can apply for a scholarship.     

For more information on the scholarships and the application process, visit https://scholarships.enz.govt.nz/.   


For further information: 

Justin Barnett | Director of Communications, Education New Zealand  
+64 21 875 132 


Eve Abernethy | Communications Advisor, Education New Zealand
+64 04 887 5215


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