What is the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship?

Last updated: 4 March 2024 Scholarships

The Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships are fully-funded scholarships the New Zealand government offers international students. The scholarship is available in different countries and covers different academic disciplines to increase international students' skills, training, and knowledge. However, priority is given to the students who want to pursue courses listed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

The Manaaki New Zealand scholarships help to promote New Zealand’s reputation as a provider of high-quality education that fosters long-term relationships between New Zealand and other countries, contributing to global knowledge and understanding. 

Learn more below, and to begin your application to study in New Zealand, arrange a free consultation with SI-New Zealand today.

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Types of Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships

New Zealand Scholarships are for students who want to study abroad at New Zealand universities or a Pacific University. Here are the types of Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships available for students:

- Undergraduate and Postgraduate Applicants

Full tertiary scholarships are offered to international students who want to study in New Zealand full-time. 

- Short-Term Training Scholarships for Pacific and Timor-Leste Citizens

These scholarships fund skill training and work experience and are available to international students from eligible Pacific countries and Timor-Leste. The duration of the scholarships ranges from one week to 12 months. 

- Short-Term Training Scholarships for Citizens of Southeast Asia and Timor-Leste

These are short-term scholarships for skill training for workers from eligible Southeast Asia and Timor Leste. 

- English Language Training for Official Scholarships (NZELTO)

These are short-term scholarships for government officials from eligible Asian and African countries to come to New Zealand for English language training. 

Universities offering Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships

Many New Zealand universities offer Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships, including:

Benefits of the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship

Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships provides financial assistance to students to students that cover the cost of tuition fees, living expenses, and other costs that are associated with studying in New Zealand.

Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship Requirements

To apply for New Zealand scholarships, you must meet specific criteria, such as:

1. Age Requirements

The minimum age of the applicant must be at least 18. There is no upper limit for students. However, the scholarship providers prefer students below 40 years of age. 

2. Academic Record

International applicants must have an excellent academic record with a minimum GPA or equivalent to qualify for admission to New Zealand universities. 

3. English-Language Proficiency Test

International students must qualify for English-language proficiency tests, such as IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, or other tests. 

4. Work-Experience

Some scholarships require work experience (one year for full-time work experience or two years of part-time work experience)

5. Leadership Potential

Some scholarships also consider the applicant’s leadership approach and ability to contribute positively to their home country after completing their studies. 

Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships: Eligible Countries

Students can check the list of eligible countries for Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships -


Eligible Countries


Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe


Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Phillippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

Middle East

Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Turkey, Syria, and Yemen

Latin America

Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Suriname, Grenadines, Venezuela


Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu

Apply for a Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship

Contact SI-New Zealand today to help discover if you are eligible for a Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship.

Universities featured in this article:

  • Auckland University of Technology
  • University of Otago
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • University of Auckland
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