Fulbright U.S. Student Program

New Zealand

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9 Fulbright Study/Research Grants

Grant period:

10 months. Grantees arrive in New Zealand in late January/early February 2015 and must participate in the orientation program offered by the Fulbright Commission prior to the beginning of the New Zealand academic year. This orientation provides an introduction to New Zealand society, culture, politics, and history, and offers useful information on the academic environment and the Fulbright program. Grantees must also participate fully in the June report-back event, the end-of-year Thanksgiving event, and must provide to the Fulbright Commission copies of any articles, research papers, or theses completed while in New Zealand.

Candidate profile:

Candidates at all degree levels will be considered. Applicants currently pursuing U.S. doctoral degrees must indicate in their applications how their intended research in New Zealand will contribute to their doctoral programs. Applicants may wish to either: a) enroll in a graduate degree program at a New Zealand university; b) carry out a program of research towards a U.S. graduate degree; or,  c) carry out an independent research/study project while being affiliated with a New Zealand higher education or research institution.


All applicants must be affiliated with an accredited higher education or research institution in New Zealand. Applicants are expected to find their own affiliations. The Fulbright Commission will assist candidates awarded grants with finalizing affiliation arrangements.


Tuition for grantees enrolling at New Zealand universities is paid by Fulbright New Zealand during the period of the grant.

Research clearance:

Grantees must apply for research clearance in some cases. The application process can take a significant period of time, so grantees should discuss this issue with their project supervisor in advance of their arrival in New Zealand and begin the application process as early as possible.

Field of study considerations:

Applicants considering Maori/indigenous/cultural-specific projects should investigate norms/practices to ensure the feasibility of the project. They can do this by searching relevant websites and contacting faculty or experts in the proposed area.


The following are ineligible for consideration for all awards to New Zealand:

           1) applicants currently residing in New Zealand;

           2) applicants with dual U.S.-New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency;

           3) applicants with completed doctorates at the time of the start of the award.

Special opportunities:

1) International students enrolling in a doctoral program pay the same fees as New Zealand domestic students, and any dependent children of international doctoral students have domestic student status in New Zealand schools. More information is available at www.newzealandeducated.com.

2) The New Zealand government offers a limited number of New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships, awarded on the basis of academic merit, which provide financial support for students from designated countries undertaking doctoral degrees through research at New Zealand universities.

3) Some New Zealand universities offer U.S. Fulbright students the opportunity to apply for scholarships that will enable them to continue full-time studies in New Zealand beyond the 10-month Fulbright award. These scholarships are available to Fulbright students completing a 12-month thesis-only Master's degree,  enrolling in the second year of a two-year Master’s degree program, or enrolling in a one-year Master’s degree program designed to follow a Post-Graduate Diploma or Honours program, or enrolling in a New Zealand Doctoral program. Applicants interested in this option should indicate this in their Fulbright applications and check for details on the Fulbright New Zealand website.


No dependent allowance is available for any grant to New Zealand.

1 Fulbright-American New Zealand Association U.S. Graduate Award

The American New Zealand Association (ANZA), based in New York city, sponsors one Fulbright study/research grant each year. The award is called the “Fulbright-American New Zealand Association U.S. Graduate Award”, and is given for study or research related to earthquakes and their repercussions.  The award has the same scope, eligibility requirements and award entitlements as the Fulbright Study/Research award, and follows the same selection process.

ANZA’s mission is to ‘assist the growth of interchange between New Zealand and the United States through support of educational and research opportunities between the two countries’. (http://americannewzealand.org)

All specifications noted above regarding ineligibility, affiliation, tuition, special opportunities, etc., apply to this award.

Fields of study:

Applications will be accepted in the fields of: Environmental Studies, Public Health, Geology, and Engineering.

I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.