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Check out our FAQs below, and if you still have questions, you can email our friendly Scholarships team who'll help you out.
We also have useful information on this page to help family and whānau understand the scholarship and the support we provide to recipients before, during and after their overseas programme.
Frequently asked questions
If you do not have the internship company confirmed yet, you can still apply for the scholarship. Just be sure to mention in your application that you have been accepted by the internship provider, but that the placement company will be confirmed after the scholarship deadline.
You should also provide a letter from the internship company (broker) confirming your acceptance into the programme, and the placement process.
It’s a good idea to mention briefly when you expect to know your placement, and what kind of company/internship you’ll likely to be placed into (if you know).
Timeframes vary between applicants, but we recommend starting your application as early as possible and allowing at least 2 - 3 weeks to complete.
Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia and Latin America are funded by the New Zealand Government and run by Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ).
ENZ is New Zealand's government agency dedicated to international education. We promote New Zealand as a study destination, but also support New Zealanders to broaden their own horizons through international education experiences beyond our shores. You can learn more about ENZ by visiting our website.
We open two rounds per year. The Group round is open earlier in the year (March/ April) and the Individual round later in the year (July/August).
Applying for the scholarship involves submitting a few documents, providing two referees, and helping us get to know you with three short written statements, with the option of submitting a two-minute video.
Visit the How to apply page for more info.
Unfortunately, applying for a virtual programme is not possible.
If you are awarded a scholarship, you must start your programme within 20 months of your award.
ENZ will also run information sessions and workshops prior to each scholarship round opening so keep an eye out for updates and use the 'Sign up' buttons around this website to stay in the loop.
You can also check out previous webinar recordings on the Explore options page.
Can I change my programme details?
A change of your destination country is not possible. The selection panel assesses each application based on the information that you provide in your submitted application. The panel approves/declines/funds your application on that basis which is why a change is not possible. The only exception is if the country has been deemed ‘unsafe’ by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Generally, a change of your destination city is not possible. The selection panel assesses each application based on the information that they were provided with at the time of the application deadline and approves/declines/funds it on that basis which is why a change is not possible.
If there has been a change of circumstances regarding your programme provider which forces you to change cities, then ENZ may assess your enquiry for a change of city on a case-by-case basis, given your programme remains the same.
Generally, a change of your programme or provider is not possible. The selection panel assesses each application based on the information that they were provided with at the time of the application deadline and approves/declines/funds it on that basis which is why a change is not possible.
If there has been a change of circumstances regarding your programme provider which forces you to change your programme or provider, ENZ may assess your enquiry for a change of programme or provider on a case-by-case basis.
The selection panel assesses each application based on the information that they were provided with at the time of the application deadline and approves/declines/funds it on that basis and the overall funding is exhausted at the time all scholarships are awarded, which is why a request for additional funding cannot be approved.
This applies to a change in personal circumstances, a rise in tuition fees, living costs, flights and insurance broker charging more than what has been quoted.
Information for family/whānau
A track record of changing lives
Our alumni often tell us that their scholarship experience changed the course of their life, opening their eyes to new cultures, languages and career paths, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of their own culture and place in the world.
Since 2013 Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao has supported more than 2,400 New Zealanders to study or intern abroad through the Prime Minister’s Scholarships. Our latest survey shows 98% of alumni would recommend the programme.
To learn about the impact a Prime Minister's Scholarship can have, you can read our alumni stories here.
"It changes your perspective and makes you realise that the world is bigger than the town or country that you live in, that there are no real boundaries between you and another country."
How do we support recipients?
Prime Minister’s Scholarship recipients will receive comprehensive pre and post-departure training to prepare them before and after the programme. Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao is a government agency and we support scholarship recipients while on programme both through our own staff in Asia and Latin America, as well as through our links into other New Zealand government agencies with staff in those regions.
Recipients who are undertaking an exchange or internship can also access support and pastoral care through their education institution or internship provider.
Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ) is New Zealand’s government agency dedicated to international education. We promote New Zealand as a study destination and help Aotearoa New Zealand realise the social, cultural and economic benefits of international education. We also administer the Prime Minister's Scholarships to support New Zealanders to undertake educational experiences in Asia and Latin America.