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Victoria University of Wellington Tongarewa Scholarship in New Zealand, 2023

Victoria University of Wellington is now accepting applications for its partially funded Tongarewa Scholarship.

About the Victoria University of Wellington and Scholarship

The monarch’s name was bestowed upon Victoria University of Wellington, which had previously been known as Victoria University College, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the monarch’s coronation. The college was formerly known as Victoria University College, but once the University of New Zealand ceased to exist in 1961, Victoria (or “Vic”) changed its name to Victoria University of Wellington and began conferring degrees.

The Tongarewa Scholarships recognize the University’s commitment to the international student population. We provide these scholarships to international students each year in a range of subject areas. The tuition for one year will be partially covered by this fee-based award. A postgraduate degree program or the first year of an undergraduate degree at Victoria University of Wellington are also options for applicants.


Selection criteria for scholarships include academic achievement. The tuition payments made by them will be counted against their enrollment in classes the following year. Shortlisted candidates can be requested to provide further information to support their applications. Scholarship winners are guaranteed an offer of a seat in one of the school’s Halls of Residence as long as a housing application is filed to University Accommodation Wellington before the deadline.

These are only a portion of the fees. These scholarships must be applied to the recipient(s)’ tuition costs around two weeks into the trimester or after the latest withdrawal deadline for the courses to which the recipient(s) has been admitted.

Details about the Tongarewa Scholarship at Victoria University of Wellington:

Scholarship Sponsor: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Scholarship Value: $5,000 or $10,000

Number of awards: Varies

Study level: Masters and PhD

Host Institution(s): Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Eligibility Criteria for Tongarewa Scholarship

Applicants are advised to meet the following conditions to be eligible for the Tongarewa Scholarship at the Victoria University of Wellington:

  • International students who are paying full tuition payments
  • commencing their first year of an undergraduate program or beginning a postgraduate program.

This scholarship is not available to applicants who:

  • have completed the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) or Foundation Studies Programme; 
  • attended a secondary school in New Zealand; 
  • were a Study International or Twinning student from one of the school’s partner universities abroad; and 
  • were enrolled in Victoria University of Wellington’s same degree program’s second year.

Note That: A panel composed of qualified Wellington University International staff members will make the decision.

Documents Required:

Your online scholarship application must include the following supporting documentation:

  • a 500-word maximum personal statement detailing your academic ambitions, the reasons you want to attend Victoria University of Wellington, and your qualifications for the scholarship. Along with your entire transcripts and any pertinent evidence for the qualification type, you should also include any leadership roles you have held and information about your participation in your school or community. A conditional or unconditional offer of admission from the Victoria University of Wellington should also be included.

Application Procedure for Tongarewa Scholarship

On or before the deadline, a complete online application must be submitted. Applications that are submitted late or incomplete won’t be approved. To be considered, the application must be submitted along with all necessary supporting materials (including references) by 4.30 p.m. on the deadline day. A month before the deadline, applications will be open. Inquiries should be directed to the university.

Terms and Conditions

  • All Scholarship offers are subject to the Recipient’s full-time enrollment in a full-year program (defined as the number of points deemed full-time by Studylink) throughout the Scholarship’s allotted period. The Scholarship won’t be paid out until this requirement has been satisfied.
  • The Scholarship cannot be chosen for a later year.
  • The Scholarship could be awarded in addition to several awards.
  • Partially repaying the scholarship is often anticipated if the student leaves Victoria University of Wellington while it is still in effect or does not make adequate progress. The Scholarships Office must be notified in advance if a recipient plans to withdraw.
  • The Deciding Authority may, in exceptional cases or to prevent hardship to any candidate for the Scholarship, modify the application of the terms and conditions of the Scholarship. Recipients are expected to function as ambassadors for the Victoria University of Wellington and, if requested, participate in marketing campaigns or events.


Scholarships and Ph.D. Admissions Office

Phone No: 0800 04 04 04

The Application Deadline: September 1, 2023

Not interested in this particular scholarship? See other New Zealand scholarships here.