Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Awards

Closing date: 01/08/2022
01/08/2023
5pm, 1 August annually (or next business day)
Value of Award: Up to US$31,000 plus travel expenses and insurance
No. of awards: Approximately eight (8) awards
Tenure: 1 year

Online Application Form

Scholarship Page

Fulbright New Zealand was established in 1948 by Treaty between the governments of New Zealand and the United States to promote international understanding by the establishment of educational and cultural exchanges.

Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Awards are for promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in any field.


Selection criteria:

  • To be eligible, you must: • have completed the equivalent of four years full-time study at tertiary level and obtained a bachelor's degree by the time you take up your award, but not yet hold a doctoral degree; • plan to undertake full-time postgraduate study or research at a US institution for a period of at least six months; and • meet the citizenship requirements of this award. Preference for Fulbright graduate awards is given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright graduate award, or had extensive recent experience in the US (ie. have not studied, taught, researched or worked in the US for a period aggregating more than nine months/one academic year during the past five years).

General Information:

How do students apply?
• You must complete and submit the official online application for the Foreign Fulbright Program by the application deadline* * Note that if the application deadline falls on a weekend or public holiday, the deadline is extended to 5:00pm on the next business day.
Online Application Form
Scholarship Page

Decision makers
A Selection Committee comprised of representatives from Fulbright New Zealand. Final selection is confirmed by the Board of Fulbright New Zealand and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (USA).

How and when do students learn of the decision?
• Interviews will be held in Wellington in September. Fulbright New Zealand will pay the costs of travel to Wellington only for applicants residing in New Zealand. • Applicants outside New Zealand who are unable to attend an interview in person may be disadvantaged; • We will advise you of the outcome of your application in early October.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
Refer to ' Award Conditions'

Additional information
Please download and refer to the instructions document within the online application, and refer to it as you complete your application for detailed guidance about what is and isn’t required from individual New Zealand applicants.

Who else has information about this award?
Tertiary institutions' scholarships, research and careers offices, and university-based Fulbright Campus Advisers.


For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Shauna Mendez
Programme Manager
Fulbright New Zealand

PO Box 3465
New Zealand

Phone: +64 4 494 1500

Email: shauna@fulbright.org.nz

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