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New Zealand - Global Research Alliance Doctoral Scholarship (NZ-GRADS)


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Eligibility Criteria

NZ-GRADS is a doctoral scholarship (PhD) offered to science students from developing countries to complete their PhD at a New Zealand university.

Criteria are non-negotiable:

  • Your PhD study must be conducted in New Zealand (not from a distance)
  • You cannot hold citizenship or permanent residency status in New Zealand or Australia
  • You must be from a developing country.
  • You can only apply to one of the available projects.

This scholarship offers:

  • New Zealand University annual tuition fees and associated student levies up to a total of NZ $10,000 NZD per year 
  • An annual living stipend of NZ $28,000 NZD per year (tax free) 
  • Medical insurance cover up to NZ $700 NZD per year 
  • Visa application costs to a maximum of NZ $1,000 NZD 
  • Return flights to New Zealand up to a maximum of NZ $6,000 NZD 
  • Book and thesis preparation allowance of up to NZ $1,500 NZD (one-off)

Value period: 3 years 

How to apply?

To complete this application, you will need to upload the following documents:

  • Evidence of citizenship for every country for which you hold citizenship
  • Meet the requirements to enroll for a PhD programme at the selected University
  • Academic transcripts, grading scale and certificates of completion
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One page Motivation letter highlighting why you would be the best candidate for the project you selected.

You will also need to provide the names and emails of two academic referees for your references.

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