Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia

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About PMSA

The Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) is an outbound scholarship programme funded by the New Zealand government.

The scholarships are awards supporting top undergraduate or postgraduate students wanting to undertake study or research in Asia.

The application and selection process for the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia is managed by Education New Zealand.

Value of award
The value of the PMSA Scholarship is based on the level and length of study, the destination country and institution. The scholarship can cover costs including tuition fees, return economy class flights, accommodation, a living allowance, and medical insurance. The scholarship will not necessarily cover all costs, and does not cover accompanying spouse or dependants.

Approved destinations are ASEAN countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, as well as China, Japan, Korea, India and Sri Lanka.

Programmes supported by the scholarship must be at least six weeks duration and can be up to two years.

Programmes supported
The scholarship will support part or whole undergraduate or postgraduate degree or diploma programmes in a subject area that can be linked to New Zealand’s economic or trade agenda, including, but not limited to: business studies; law; food technology; design and languages. The PMSA will also support trade or economic-related short-term research projects to target countries.

The key goals of the PMSA are to:
- strengthen New Zealand’s ability to engage with key Asian trading partners
- improve the international skills of the New Zealand workforce
- improve the internationalisation of New Zealand tertiary institutions
- increase international understanding of the strength and quality of New Zealand's education system
- establish connections between New Zealand and other countries through participants building lifelong friendships and networks
- strengthen New Zealanders' understanding of other cultures.

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 programme that meets the requirements of the PMSA.

Selection Criteria
All applicants will 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 both New Zealand and their home institution positively, particularly the value of their New Zealand education experience
- the willingness and preparedness to communicate cross-culturally

How to apply
Institutional Applications
New Zealand institutions may submit an institutional application/s for scholarship support on behalf of (named) students wishing to travel to target countries on Exchange programmes, on Study Abroad (language) programmes, or on specifically-tailored study programmes in Asia. Contact Education New Zealand to request an Institutional Application Form.

Individual Applications
All applicants that are not included in an institutional application should:
Download and complete the individual application form
complete the referees report
submit the application via post to Education New Zealand along with any required documents before the submission deadline. Instructions are included on the first page of the Application Form.

Submission Dates
There are two scholarship rounds per year. Applications must be submitted before the following dates:
5 pm. 30 March
5 pm, 30 September

Application forms and more information is available here:


Application cannot be accepted before 30/12/2017.

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