Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America (PMSLA) - New Zealand Education

Deadline
August 30, 2019

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Overview

The Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America (PMSLA) is a programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand.

Details

The scholarship aims to:

  • Strengthen institutions’ connections with their counterparts in key Latin America countries
  • Promote understanding of the strength and quality of New Zealand’s education system and raise awareness in Latin America of New Zealand as a preferred education destination
  • Improve the international skills of the New Zealand workforce
  • Strengthen people to people connections between New Zealand and countries in Latin America through participants building lifelong friendships and networks.
  • Strengthen New Zealand’s ability to engage with key Latin American trading partners
  • Improve New Zealanders’ understanding of Latin American business practice and culture

The scholarship is awarded to individuals and currently covers the following costs relating to study, internship or research in Latin America: 

1. Individuals on an exchange, internship or other independent programmes

  • Tuition fees of Latin American institutions (not NZ fees)
  • Internship brokerage fees
  • Return economy class flights NZ-Latin America - NZ$2,500
  • Contribution to living, accommodation, visa, insurance etc costs of $270* per week on study programme. 

*If brokerage/programme fees cover accommodation, the maximum weekly contribution to living costs will be NZ$170 per week.

2. Individuals in group programmes

  • New Zealand Tertiary providers/institutions may apply to the PMSLA to fund a group (3+) to travel together to Latin America on a specified programme that meets PMSLA goals
  • Group programmes are applied for separately under the PMSLA, and have their own application and reporting requirements. Funding for individuals on group programmes is as above.

HOW LONG? 

Programmes must be a minimum of 4 weeks and not exceed 24 months. Maximum funded weeks over 24 months is 72.

WHAT PROGRAMMES?

Applicants must propose programmes that can be demonstrated to be linked to New Zealand’s education, economic or trade agenda in Latin America, and may include business, social sciences, the creative arts and culture, indigenous studies, ICT/new media.]  Programmes can be either:

  1. An undergraduate or postgraduate part or whole programme in a relevant subject area at an approved institution. Exchange programmes are included here.  
  2. A full-time internship (or part-time with additional study). Internships for longer than 12 weeks may be considered. 
  3. Education, trade or economic-related research or development including development/research for intending or existing teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, to target countries, including cooperative or independent research at educational institutions. Research applicants  other than existing language teachers, must be currently enrolled at a New Zealand tertiary institution in a master's or PhD programme.

Opportunity is About:


Eligibility

Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

WHO CAN APPLY?

Candidates must be:

  • At least 18 years old at the date of applying for the scholarship, AND
  • New Zealand citizens or have Permanent Resident status and in all cases be ordinarily resident in New Zealand, i.e., be domiciled or residing in New Zealand, having done so for the immediately preceding 12 months.

Dates:

Deadline: August 30, 2019


Cost/funding for participants:

The value of the scholarship

Individuals on exchange, internship or other independent programmes

  1. tuition fees of Latin American institutions (not NZ fees)
  2. internship brokerage fees
  3. return flights NZ-Latin America - NZ$2,500 
  4. contribution to living, accommodation, visa, insurance etc costs of $270 per week on study programme

~ a one-semester exchange or study abroad programme is supported for 18 weeks: $4,860
~ a two-semester exchange or study abroad programme is supported for 36 weeks: $9,720
~ a full-year academic programme is supported for 36 weeks: $9,720
~ a two-year academic programme is supported for 72 weeks: $19,440

Individuals on Group programmes

  1. New Zealand Tertiary providers/institutions may apply to the PMSLA to fund a group (3+) to travel together to Latin America on a specified programme that meets PMSLA goals.
  2. Group programmes are applied for separately under the PMSLA, and have their own application and reporting requirements. Funding for individuals on group programmes is as above. 
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