Pacific Education Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship

Closing date:
Value of Award: $10,000
No. of awards:


PIPEF was established in 1972 (renamed to PEF in 2016) to encourage Pacific students into further education and is funded by the Ministry of Education. The Foundation’s board members reflect the modern Pacific Island community and its various cultures.

PEF will award scholarships for postgraduate study in any field, recipients will receive a grant of $10,000. Applications from mature students are welcome.

Selection criteria:

  • To be eligible you must be: • be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident • of indigenous Pacific Island descent • currently enrolled full-time in a postgraduate degree programme • involved in your local community, and where possible, your Pacific community

General Information:

How do students apply?
Applications have closed but will reopen in 2021. The Application Form must be fully completed with all necessary documents attached. Incomplete or illegible applications may not be considered. We strongly recommend you ask someone else to check your completed application before you send it to us.

Decision makers
The selection panel considers the qualifications you already hold because proof of your success in study is highly desirable.

How and when do students learn of the decision?
When we receive applications, we will check them to ensure they meet all eligibility criteria. The selection panel will then assess your application on the following: • Your ability to communicate effectively and your motivations to pursue tertiary education• Your current qualifications• Your need(s) (financial or otherwise) • Your academic success and personal achievementNote: academic success is not necessarily only getting high grades or completing your qualification, but may also include, for example, being first in family to attend a tertiary institution, receiving entrance into various courses or programmes, attending a tertiary institution away from home, and/or commitment to your Pacific culture(s) within the academic context. Please tell us your perspective on academic success. • Your experiences leading and working with people, and where possible, our Pacific communitiesNote: we acknowledge that some applicants may not have opportunities to be involved in their respective Pacific community/communities. Please include all activities that you have been/are involved in in your community (Pacific and/or wider community).Completing the Application  

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?
You must also include details about how you will use this scholarship.The selection panel is interested in knowing how this scholarship will support your studies and meet the various costs that come from studying.

Additional information
The selection panel is looking for any qualifications you may have, your work history whether its employment or voluntary work, community involvement, and life experiences you bring with you to your studies.

Who else has information about this award?
We are available to help at any point of your application and to answer any questions you may have about the scholarships. Call us (free) on 0800 165 225, weekdays between 8:30am and 5pm, or email

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

Ministry of Education

PO Box 1666 Thorndon

Phone: 0800 165 225


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