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The Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) and Latin America (PMSLA) are funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao (ENZ). 

Since 2013, the Scholarships have enabled more than 2,400 New Zealanders to broaden their horizons through life-changing learning experiences in Asia and Latin America.


Do you want to study abroad and learn through a new lens? Are you looking to start a career in international business through an internship? Or like to learn a new language? It's all possible with a Prime Minister's Scholarship. 

The Prime Minister's Scholarships are funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao to support New Zealanders' learning experiences in Asia and Latin America. 

They offer flexible funding to support both short and long-term programmes, including study abroad/exchange, internships, postgraduate study, and language programmes. 


  • At least 18 years old at the date of applying 
  • New Zealand citizen or permanent resident 
  • Have been a resident in New Zealand for at least 12 of the previous 24 months 
  • Not an immediate relative of an Education New Zealand staff member or selection panel member 
  • Medically fit to travel (successful applicants will need to agree to complete any routine medical checks performed at the border, such as COVID-19 tests) 
  • Able to attend the full duration of your proposed programme overseas 
  • Eligible for an entry visa into your host country 
  • Have not previously received a Prime Minister's Scholarship of the same type you are applying for (group or individual) (and see myth buster #5 below for more info) 
  • The host country region or regions you intend to visit during your programme must be safe for travel (rated either "exercise normal safety and security precautions" or "exercise increased caution" on New Zealand's SafeTravel advisory scale) - noting that travel advisories may change at any time. 


Applying by yourself 

Anyone can apply for an individual programme as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. Consider which country you would like to travel to, which type of programme you would like to take, and for how long. Check the How to Apply page for the steps you need to take. If you are enrolled with an education provider, talk through your options with them.  

Joining a group programme 

Group programmes are organised by New Zealand tertiary education providers on behalf of their students. Once a group programme is awarded to an education provider, the provider will then run their own selection/application process to choose students to travel on that programme. 

If you're interested in taking part in a group programme, please approach your education provider's international office to check if there are any opportunities. 

How to apply

All applications for 2022 have closed.

Group Applications: As of July 2022, we have two opportunities available (you can also check dates by emailing  

  • Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia - 6-week internship programme in Tokyo, Japan, with placements available in accounting, human resource management, operations and production, supply chain and logistics, sales and marketing, and strategic management. This is hosted by The Intern Group. Commences 14 January 2023-24 February 2023. * Note if it doesn't meet the full hours required, The Intern Group will ensure that those hours are made up (10 spots available).
  • Prime Minister's Scholarship for Latin America: 4-week Summer Programme at the University of Santo Tomas, Chile, with a Spanish and Culture programme and the option to participate in two courses: macroeconomics in Latin America or using design thinking and innovation in earth observation and data science to tackle climate change challenges in Chile's coastal wetlands. Commences 3 January 2023-31 January 2023. (15 spots available). 

All attachments should be titled: "PMSA(Tokyo) or PMSLA(Santiago) 'YOUR LAST NAME' Application" and be emailed to

More information

For more information, please contact can also look at the ENZ website.

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