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Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships logoThe New Zealand Government offers full scholarships to eligible citizens from developing countries to study abroad at a New Zealand education institution or university – including the University of Otago.

These include full tertiary scholarships for eligible international students to study full-time undergraduate and postgraduate study at a New Zealand university.

Full scholarships cover costs such as tuition fees, return airfares, insurance, basic living costs, set-up costs in New Zealand and more.

Undergraduate and postgraduate study – who can apply?

Find out whether your country is eligible for Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships, and whether you personally meet the eligibility criteria, at the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships website:

Check if your country is eligble for Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships

Check if you are eligible for a Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship

Finding recommended subjects and available courses at Otago

Priority is given to applicants who choose one of the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships approved subjects (or sectors), according the country you are from. More information about recommended subjects is on the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships website:

Study subjects we recommend for your country – Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships

To assist applicants in aligning the University of Otago's subjects, majors and degree qualifications with the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships key subject themes, Otago has compiled the following Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship guide:

Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship – University of Otago guide (PDF) – (updated 9 February 2023)

If you need more help choosing Otago subjects, majors or qualifications, please contact:


Application period

The 2023 application period is closed (for studies commencing in 2024). The next tertiary Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships application period is expected to take place in February 2024 for eligible countries and regions (for studies commencing in 2025).

Please check the application process for your country, as explained on the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships website:

How to apply for a Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship

Manaaki scholars – support at the University of Otago

The University of Otago is proud to have hosted many New Zealand government funded scholars over the years. We take pride in the outstanding level of academic and pastoral care support that we offer Manaaki scholars at Otago and especially value the relationships we develop with each individual scholar during their time at our University. We look forward to welcoming you to our University of Otago community.

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