Prime Minister Scholarships

Supporting the Education and Professional Development of Athletes, Coaches, Support Staff and Officials

Prime Minister's Scholarships support athletes, coaches, support team members and officials to gain educational or professional qualifications while continuing in sport.

Athlete Scholarship Programme

Purpose

Prime Minister’s Athlete Scholarships allow athletes to undertake tertiary study and vocational qualifications while pursuing elite level sport at the same time.

The scholarship scheme also helps retiring athletes move smoothly into another career once their sporting careers are over.

The purpose of the Athlete Scholarship Programme is to invest in educational opportunities that enable world leading performances from New Zealand’s top athletic talent, by assisting athletes to develop holistically outside sport in ways that contribute towards their post-athletic career and enable the sustainability of our athlete talent pool.

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Who is it for (eligibility)

Eligibility is based on the applicant satisfying all of the following criteria:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen.
  • Be identified by HPSNZ as one of the following:
    1. A Carded Athlete within a HPSNZ Targeted Sport or within a HPSNZ Campaign Investment Sport
    2. An athlete within a Targeted Sport (or in special cases a Campaign Investment Sport) who is likely to become carded within the next 6 months and as agreed by HPSNZ, or
    3. In special cases, at the discretion of HPSNZ, an athlete in a non-Carded Campaign Investment Sport.
  • The proposed study must fit within the athlete’s Individual Performance Plan (IPP) for the next 12-month period, with study requirements that do not restrict the athlete’s ability to commit to their agreed national training and competition plans.
  • Submit a complete application.
  • Be endorsed by their NSO and HPSNZ leading up to and during the scholarship, which includes having an agreed study plan and/or development plan.
  • Have met all athlete requirements whilst studying under the scholarship in the previous 12 months, unless HPSNZ agrees otherwise (athletes re-applying for a scholarship only).
  • To be eligible, the qualification sought by the applicant must appear on the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications, found at www.kiwiquals.govt.nz.
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What it involves

The programme provides support in:

  • A financial contribution towards academic fees (up to a maximum of $10,000 per year including GST if applicable)
  • A financial contribution towards other study costs (up to a maximum of $5,000 per year including GST if applicable), referred to as the Study Support Allowance (SSA), which may include living expenses, study expenses (for example, exam-related fees), and books.
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How and when to apply

There are two scholarship intakes per annum:

Applications for the primary intake of the athlete scholarship programme closes at 5pm, 30 November and are for the purpose of education in the following academic year.

NSOs may in partnership with HPSNZ stipulate and earlier closing date however this will be no later than 30 November.

Applications for the secondary intake close 5pm, 31 May, are by invitation only and for the purpose of education in the second 6-month period of the current academic year (note that the secondary intake is subject to available Prime Minister’s Scholarship Programme funds).

Contact your Athlete Life Advisor if you are intending to apply for a scholarship.

It is recommended that you complete a draft application to prepare you for the online submission process.

A completed study plan is compulsory for all applicants and must be signed off by your Athlete Life Advisor and endorsed by your NSO.

All scholarship related documents and access to the application portal can be found in the useful links section to the left of this page. Early applications for each intake are appreciated but will not be considered until after the closing date.

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Likelihood of success

The demand for scholarships typically exceeds the financial resources available so it is unlikely that all applicants will receive a scholarship.

Applications are assessed and prioritised by a High Performance Sport NZ panel, comprised of people with skills in high performance programme management, scholarship management and performance services.

For more information relating to the Selection Criteria and Priorities please refer to schedule 1 of the programme guide.

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Who to contact

Angela Senn, Prime Minister’s Scholarship Administrator, Angela.Senn@hpsnz.org.nz, or your Athlete Life Advisor.

Coach Scholarship Programme

Purpose

To invest into specific individual or group professional development projects.

Who can apply

There are two types of scholarship:

  • Individual – for projects that focus on individual professional development requirements.
  • Group – for project that focus on two or more coaches who share a set of professional development requirements.

 

Applications will be considered from:

  • Coaches working with high performance athletes,
  • Coaches working directly in high performance environments,
  • NSO HP Leaders on behalf of coaches in their NSO,
  • HPSNZ Coaching Team members on behalf of coaches from across a number of sports.

 

Note: Applications must be explicitly endorsed by the relevant NSOs and a member of the HP Coaching Team.

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What it involves

Any project – individual or group – must be submitted through the online application portal.

Applicants must provide information on themselves and the specific professional development project being proposed. Applicants are also required to submit specific documentation in support of the application. All requirements must be met for the application to be considered.

All eligible applications are reviewed by a panel. The panel considers the relative merits of all proposed projects and reaches decisions on which will be approved and which declined.

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How and when to apply

HPSNZ offers two scholarship intakes per annum:

  • Intake 1: 5pm, November 30.
  • Intake 2: 5pm, April 30.

Note:

  • Early applications are appreciated but will not be considered until after the closing date.
  • Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria should contact their NSO or HPSNZ in advance of their application as each organisation may have additional eligibility criteria.
  • Applications are made online via the HPSNZ Prime Minister’s Scholarship management system at www.scholarships.hpsnz.org.nz.
  • Applications received throughout the year outside the stipulated intakes may only be considered at the discretion of HPSNZ on a case-by-case basis and if funds permit.
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Who to contact

Angela Senn, Prime Minister’s Scholarship Administrator, Angea.Senn@hpsnz.org.nz.

Support team scholarship programme

Purpose

The purpose of Support Team Scholarships is to invest in education opportunities to enable world leading performance from New Zealand’s top athletic talent, by prioritising resources for increasing expertise that will directly impact athlete performance and enable the sustainability of our support team talent pool.

Who can apply

There are two types of scholarship:

  • Individual – for projects that focus on individual professional development requirements.
  • Group – for project that focus on two or more coaches who share a set of professional development requirements.

 

Scholarships are available to support team members so they can develop skills that add to New Zealand’s performance at the elite level.

Examples of activities supported by the programme include: multi-sport or cross-sport coach and leader development initiatives, accreditation requirements, business coaching, mentoring, training, internships, conferences, study visits, observations at key sporting events, discussions on ‘best’ practice, on-the-job shadowing, participation in peer network activities, participation in international committees or working groups, peer review of professional work, travel, accommodation, incidentals and in some cases limited reimbursement for lost income.

Scholarships do not support sport coaching, service delivery, membership fees for professional bodies or industry groups, or the purchase of any equipment associated with the applicant’s vocation, job role or as a requirement for the project.

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What it involves
  • Any project – individual or group – must be submitted through the online application portal.
  • Applicants must provide information on themselves and the specific professional development project being proposed. Applicants are also required to submit specific documentation in support of the application. All requirements must be met for the application to be considered.
  • All eligible applications are reviewed by a panel. The panel considers the relative merits of all proposed projects and reaches decisions on which will be approved and which declined.
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How and when to apply

HPSNZ offers two scholarship intakes per annum:

  • Intake 1: 5pm, March 31.
  • Intake 2: 5pm, October 31.

 

Note:

  • Early applications are appreciated but will not be considered until after the closing date.
  • Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria should contact their NSO or HPSNZ in advance of their application as each organisation may have additional eligibility criteria.
  • Applications are made online via the HPSNZ Prime Minister’s Scholarship management system at www.scholarships.hpsnz.org.nz.
  • Applications received throughout the year outside the stipulated intakes may only be considered at the discretion of HPSNZ on a case-by-case basis and if funds permit.
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Who to contact

Angela Senn, Prime Minister’s Scholarship Administrator, Angea.Senn@hpsnz.org.nz