Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia 2015

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Deadline: March 30, 2015

Type: Fully Funded.
Applications are welcome from eligible candidates who are dedicated to building lasting connections between New Zealand and Asia.


All applicants must:

Be at least 18 years old at the time of application.
Be a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Residence holder of a minimum 2 years at the time of application.
Not hold citizenship in their destination country in Asia.
Propose a program that meets the requirements of the PMSA.
Exchange programs:

Eligible programs that meet the following criteria are classified as exchange programs:
Student is currently enrolled at a New Zealand institution
Program is included in the NZ institution’s current exchange portfolio
Student continues to pay regular fees to their NZ institution during their program in Asia
Note; credits from an exchange program usually count towards the student’s NZ-based program, all though this is not always the case.
Independent programs (non-exchange):

All eligible programs that are not exchange are considered ‘independent’, whether the applicant is currently enrolled at a New Zealand
institution or not. This category includes;
part or whole undergraduate and postgraduate programs
language programs
trade or economic-related short-term research or internships
other, non-exchange programs that can be demonstrated to meet the program requirements and PMSA objectives.

The two categories of eligible programme each have their own funding policy:

Exchange Programs: PMSA funding for exchange programs is awarded based on the duration of the program and the quality of the candidate and their application with regards to the goals of the PMSA. Successful exchange PMSA candidates will be awarded between $200 and $250 per week, for each week they are actively on program in Asia.
Independent programs (non-exchange): PMSA candidates on non-exchange programs may request funding for legitimate and reasonable expenses pertinent to the completion of the proposed program. Approved expenses include, but are not necessarily limited to; Tuition/program fees for your Asian institution, Economy flights to and from your Asian destination, Accommodation (while actively on program), Living expenses (while actively on program) and Insurance (while actively on program, including travel to and from Asia).



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