Prime Minister's Athletes' Scholarships

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About the Scholarships

The purpose of athlete scholarships is to enable emerging and talented New Zealand athletes' to concurrently pursue tertiary and vocational qualifications while pursuing excellence in sport.

The Programme supports fees up to $10,000 and a living allowance of up to $4,000 per year to successful scholarship recipients.

Gold Level Scholarship are available to high performance athletes who have retired or been de-carded.

Terms and conditions
All recipients of a Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarship (PMAS) are subject to the conditions set out in the Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarship Guide regardless of whether they have read the guide.

It is therefore very important that you read and understand the Guide. The latest version of the Guide can be downloaded from SPARC's webpage for Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarships.

If you have any questions about how the Guide applies to you, please contact your Athlete Life Advisor or the PMAS Coordinator at your nearest NZ Academy of Sport (NZAS) Regional Operation. Although the Guide is the key document which applies in all circumstances, some of the main points are highlighted below.

A higher quality of service is provided to recipients, education providers and NSOs when the New Zealand Academy of Sport can gain immediate access to information relating to your course of study, final results and payment details. By agreeing you are providing consent for the New Zealand Academy of Sport to seek this information.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be:
a) New Zealand citizens
b) Identified by HPSNZ as one of the following:
i) A CArded Athlete within a HPSNZ Targeted Sport or within HPSNZ Campaign Investment Sport
ii) An athlete within a Targeted Sport (or in special cases a Campaign Investment Sport) who is likely to become carded within the next six months and as agreed by HPSNZ, or
iii) In special cases by the discretion of HPSNZ, an athlete in a non-Carded Campaign Investment Sport
c) Proposed study must fit within the athlete's Individual Performance Plan for the next 12 month period, with study requirements that do not restrict the athlete's ability to commit to their agreed national training and competition plans
d) Submit a complete application
e) Be endorsed by their NSO leading up to and during the Scholarship
f) Have met all athlete requirements whilst studying under Scholarship9 in the previous 12 months, unless HPSNZ agrees otherwise (athlete's re-applying for a Scholarship only)

A maximum of up to $10,000 per year (including GST if applicable) is available. Fees will not be paid at International Student rates. Help with fees will not be available to those who receive another fee-paying scholarship, except where the other scholarship does not meet the full cost of the tuition fees.

Living allowances
In order to receive a living allowance, recipients must be enrolled in equal to, or greater than, 0.4 EFTS in the 12-month period (while studying in both six-month periods) or 0.2EFTS in a six-month period (if studying for one six-month period) in order to receive a living allowance for that period. Courses not specifying EFTS will be evaluated by the High Performance Sport NZ on a case-by-case basis.

Living allowances will be recalled whenever a recipient’s course falls below the minimum EFTS (for example if a recipient withdraws from a paper) unless High Performance Sport NZ agrees otherwise.

To be eligible for a living allowance you must be enrolled at all times in equal to or greater than 0.4 EFTS (equivalent full time study) per 12 month period or 0.2 EFTS in a 6 month period and comply with all athlete requirements (see below).

Athlete academic requirements
All study must be passed in each six-month period. Late withdrawals, "incomplete", "did not sit" , or "did not complete" and failed papers are not deemed to be passed. A progress report must be completed for each six-month period. The due dates are:
- 5pm, 1 July for study between 1 January-30 June (may include summer school courses)
- 5pm, 1 December for study between 1 July-31 December (may include summer school courses).

You can update your six-monthly progress report online.

Attendance at a full Drug Free Sport New Zealand-approved anti-doping seminar is required for first-time Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarship recipients during the first 12 months in which the scholarship is awarded.

If you are unable to attend an approved anti-doping seminar within the appropriate timeframe, for reasons acceptable to High Performance Sport NZ, then you must complete the alternative Drug Free Sport New Zealand requirement.

Recipients are required to adhere to the anti-doping policy of the National Sport Organisation and comply with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Haven't met the requirements?

If you think you have not met the athlete requirements, we advise you to immediately contact your Athlete Life Advisor or the contacts below.

Investment Support Manager

Travis White
Mob: 021 838 560

Prime Minister's Scholarship Coordinator

Angela Senn
Phone 09 477 5420 ext 235

Payment Process
Once your Prime Minister’s Scholarship is granted, your academic fees will be paid directly to your Education Provider by the HPSNZ.

Once eligible, your living allowance will be credited to your nominated bank account.

Application form:
Online applications are available from:

Applications close 5 pm, 1 December each year.

Application cannot be accepted before 28/01/2018.

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