Applications for the 2024 Pacific Health Scholarships are now open.
All of the following circumstances need to apply to you in order to be eligible:
- Be of indigenous Pacific Islands descent
- Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident at the time of the application
- be enrolled in a health or disability-related course/qualification
- be enrolled at an approved NZQA accredited tertiary provider in New Zealand
- provide evidence (passport, birth certificate, reference letter) of indigenous Pacific descent from any of the following islands: Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wallis and Futuna, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Rapanui (Easter Island).
If any of the following circumstances apply to you then you are not eligible:
- students who qualify for the fees free scheme for the 2024 academic year
- students who have been or will be awarded any other scholarship (or scholarships) totalling $2,500 or more for the 2024 academic year contributing towards course fees
- sixth year medical students because they receive a sixth-year Medical Trainee Intern Grant
- PhD students because the frontline workforce takes priority
The Scholarships will consist of:
- up to $10,000 for Medical and Dentistry students
- up to $5,000 for nursing, midwifery, allied health and all remaining eligible qualifications (refer to list of eligible qualifications below).
Tuition fees will be paid directly to your tertiary provider, once you have been approved in a health or disability-related course and Te Whatu Ora receives confirmation of tuition fees from the tertiary provider.
The Scholarships are a contribution toward tuition fees only. Accommodation costs, course related costs and study leave are not covered by the Scholarships.
To ensure timely payment of tuition fees, please provide current contact information for your tertiary provider scholarship liaison and Finance department.
A wide range of medical and health or disability-related courses of varying levels (bachelor, master, certificate, diploma, postgraduate) are eligible for Pacific Health Scholarships, including, but not limited to the courses listed below. You will be able to choose from the full list on the applications portal. You also will be able to specify a medical and health or disability-related course on the online form.
List of eligible qualifications
Bachelor of Applied Counselling
Bachelor of Chiropractic
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Bachelor of Health Sciences – various specialisations
Bachelor of Health Studies
Bachelor of Medical Science
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
Bachelor of Midwifery
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Nutrition
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Optometry
Bachelor of Oral Health
Bachelor of Pharmacy
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Science – various majors
Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy
Certificate in Alcohol and Drugs
Certificate in Health Promotion
Certificate in Health Sciences
Certificate in Health Studies
Diploma in Childbirth Education
Diploma in Health Science
Diploma in Nursing
Graduate Certificate in Science and Nutrition
Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care
Master of Audiology
Master of Health Practice
Master of Health Sciences
Master of Nursing
Master of Physiotherapy
Master of Public Health
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Child Health
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Education
Postgraduate Diploma in Health
Other (you will be able to specify a medical and health or disability-related course on the online form)
All applications must be submitted using the online application form via the applications portal.
You will receive an email acknowledging your application once it has been submitted.
Once the application period closes, an Assessment Panel will review all submitted applications. Please allow 3-4 weeks after the closing date for the applications to be processed and reviewed.
Once the Assessment Panel has finalised its decisions, all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email.
Tertiary providers will then be notified of successful recipients and Te Whatu Ora and the tertiary provider will coordinate the scholarships payments, with assistance from the recipient if necessary.
Please ensure you provide a current email address when applying. If your email address changes, please inform Te Whatu Ora by emailing email@example.com.
How to apply online
Use the online form via the online portal.
Your application will save automatically in the background. If you want to complete your application over multiple sessions, you can log back into the portal and continue at any point. We also advise that you make a copy of your answers and save them in a Microsoft document.
Attach an official transcript for tertiary study. If this is not available, then attach a screenshot of your results.
Ensure your application is complete with all necessary attachments included.
Late applications will be considered at the discretion of the Assessment Panel.
Successful applicant’s obligations
Successful applicants will be expected to:
- advise Te Whatu Ora if they become unable or unwilling to complete the Approved Course for 2024
- notify Te Whatu Ora prior to making any changes to the Approved Course for 2024, including undertaking any papers that do not contribute towards the approved qualification, or substituting alternative papers for papers included in the Approved Course
- advise Te Whatu Ora of all other sources of funding received (with the exception of Studylink assistance)
- maintain or achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5 or higher (equivalent to an average B grade or higher) across papers completed in 2024 (or maintain a ‘pass’ mark if completing medical studies)
- provide Te Whatu Ora with a report on grades for semester 1 and 2.
Fast track students
Fast track applications are successful recipients who have received a Te Whatu Ora scholarship in the most recent scholarship round. To apply as a Fast Track student:
- reapply online before the closing date
- maintains a GPA of five (B average) and provides Te Whatu Ora with their results.
If you are having trouble with your application or have any other queries, please contact the Pacific Health Scholarships team at firstname.lastname@example.org