Opportunity Overview

Victoria University of Wellington

This prestigious scholarship, named after the iconic Tongariro volcano, embodies the spirit of resilience and excellence. It empowers high-achieving international students like you to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate studies at one of New Zealand’s leading universities, free from the shackles of financial constraints.

Imagine yourself traversing the verdant hills and rugged coastlines of New Zealand, immersing yourself in a dynamic learning environment rich in Maori traditions and cutting-edge research. With up to 20 scholarships ranging from NZ$5,000 to NZ$10,000, the Tongarewa Scholarship alleviates financial burdens, allowing you to fully embrace your academic journey and explore the wonders of your host country.

But the benefits extend far beyond financial support. As a Tongarewa scholar, you become part of a prestigious group of high-achievers, recognized for your academic excellence and potential. This distinction bolsters your CV, opening doors to future opportunities and fostering valuable connections within the university community.

Moreover, you gain priority access to the university’s residential halls, ensuring a smooth transition and a supportive living environment right at the heart of the campus. Imagine forging lifelong friendships with fellow students from across the globe, sharing stories and experiences under the Southern Cross.

The Tongarewa Scholarship isn’t just an award; it’s an invitation to join a vibrant family, to become an ambassador for academic excellence and cultural exchange. You may be asked to participate in university events and initiatives, sharing your unique perspective and contributing to the international student community.

Scholarships are awarded competitively on the basis of academic excellence. They apply to study in the year following application and will be credited to tuition fees. Shortlisted candidates may be requested to provide additional information to support their application. Recipients of these scholarships are guaranteed an offer of a place in one of our Halls of Residence, provided an accommodation application is received by University Accommodation Wellington by their deadline.

Deadline for Trimester 2, 2024 is 1 June 2024.

Deadline for Trimester 3, 2024 is 1 September 2024.


 New Zealand


Financial Support:

  • Partial tuition fees coverage: Scholarships range from NZ$5,000 to NZ$10,000, providing significant financial assistance towards your year of study.
  • Reduced financial burden: This allows you to focus on your academic pursuits without the constant worry of tuition fees, increasing your chances of success.
  • Greater study flexibility: You can potentially pursue additional opportunities like internships or travel without financial constraints.

Academic Recognition:

  • Prestigious award: Receiving the Tongarewa Scholarship marks you as a high-achieving student with academic excellence.
  • Boost your CV: It adds a significant accomplishment to your academic profile, opening doors to future opportunities.
  • Networking opportunities: As a scholar, you may be invited to exclusive events and programs, connecting you with influential figures and fellow high-achievers.

Practical Advantages:


Applicants must be:

  • international students who are paying full international fees
  • entering their first year of an undergraduate degree or entering a postgraduate degree.

You are not eligible for this scholarship if you:

  • completed your secondary education at a New Zealand school
  • completed the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) or Foundation Studies Programme
  • are a Study Abroad or Twinning student from one of our overseas partner universities
  • are in your second year of study in the same degree programme at Victoria University of Wellington.

Eligible Regions: Open for All


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Victoria University of Wellington

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