Scholarships and financial aid


If you’re looking for scholarships or financial aid to fund your study in New Zealand, you may find the following list helpful. MABECS Global education advisors have carefully curated this list to include only scholarships that are applicable for Malaysian students. Take note that every scholarship may have different eligibility requirements.

1. New Zealand Government Commonwealth Scholarships*

You can study these qualifications at one of eleven New Zealand universities and education institutions:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
  • Master’s Degree (1-2 years)
  • PhD (up to 3.5 years)

*Note that undergraduate degrees are not covered in this scholarship.

  • If the above levels of study interest you, the next step is to take the Online Eligibility Questionnaire for the scholarship. You must complete the eligibility questionnaire before you can apply for a Scholarship.
  • The NZ government also has a list of recommended courses tailored to the country you are applying from. For Malaysian students, preference will be given to applicants seeking to develop skills and capabilities in the areas of food security and agriculture, good governance and renewable energy. Read more here and select “Asia”. (Source:
  • Here is information on how to apply for Malaysian students. In it, you may find the opening and closing dates for the scholarship application.
  • Look through each scholarship requirement carefully on your own and talk to a MABECS Global education advisor to select the right one for you.

2. New Zealand Short Term Scholarships for citizens of Southeast Asia and Timor-Leste

  • The New Zealand Government offers scholarships to professionals from eligible countries to learn new skills in New Zealand. Scholars return home and use these skills to improve their country. (Source:
  • These short courses aim to share New Zealand’s expertise in renewable energy, geothermal energy, agriculture and public sector management with professionals in developing countries. Reputable education institutions in New Zealand deliver these short training courses to successful scholars. Courses are two to four weeks long. (Source:
  • The New Zealand Embassy or High Commission asks the government sector and local organisations in each eligible country for suitable scholarship nominations. The New Zealand Embassy or High Commission guides nominees through a closed application and selection process.

3. Scholarships offered by New Zealand universities:

  • Visit the following link which has filtered results suitable for Malaysian students only, with over 200 results:
  • In it, you will find a variety of scholarships such as:
    • Scholarships you can apply for, regardless of your country of origin
    • Scholarships you don’t need to apply for, but are automatically eligible for when your examination results are good
    • Scholarships for specific courses
    • Scholarships that require you to have professional work experience
    • Scholarships with age limit
    • Scholarships that covers accommodation only
  • Look through each scholarship requirement carefully on your own and talk to a MABECS Global education advisor to select the right one for you.

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