Scholarships and student exchange



Massey University offers many scholarships for study at different levels. The criteria for scholarships are varied and include excellence in academic work, hardship, your particular area of study and leadership potential. 

Asia NZ Foundation Postgraduate Research Grants - $5000

Each year the Asia NZ Foundation offers three grants of $5,000 to support postgraduate research into contemporary issues in the Asian region. The 2017 application period closes 31 May.

These grants are intended for new research that will promote debate and discussion on matters relating to Asia and New Zealand with implications for foreign and trade policy.

Possible themes include:

  • international relations, regional security, interfaith issues, security challenges, or regional environmental issues
  • trade policy issues in Asia; transnational economic integration (eg. value chains and production networks); governance and regulation (eg. SOEs, government procurement, labour and investment flows).

Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens/permanent residents undertaking postgraduate research at any tertiary institution in New Zealand who need supplementary support for overseas fieldwork undertaken as part of their degree.
  • Undertaking new research (ie. not already duplicating work that is already done).

In 2017 applications are being taken from 01 February with a closing date of 31 May 2017. 

Freyberg Scholarship (New Zealand Defence Scholarship)

Please note there is a change to eligibility for this scholarship. It is also open to students who wish to undertake their studies at a New Zealand institution. The change takes effect immediately and will, therefore, apply to this year’s Freyberg Scholarship application round which closes on 04 October for the receipt of applications. All applications will continue to be assessed based on their merit.

Freyberg Scholarships are designed to encourage graduate study in areas relevant to national security in the widest sense. On completion of study it is hoped that the graduates will make a positive contribution in New Zealand towards the debate and analysis of defence issues in the public service, tertiary education or journalism. Study should be undertaken at a recognised institution in New Zealand or in an Asia-Pacific country including Canada and the United States. 

One or more scholarships may be awarded and may be up to NZ$70,000 per annum. Applications close 04 October each year. 

High Achiever Scholarship

The Massey University Vice Chancellor’s High Achiever Scholarship supports new students who have a record of high achievement. The scholarship is awarded in two categories – academic and arts.

Massey Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to the top 5% of students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, on completion of a first bachelor’s degree at Massey University. It supports postgraduate study at Massey University.

Student exchange

Massey University has exchange agreements with approximately 200 institutions around the world where you can study for a trimester or two. Credits gained count towards your Massey degree.

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