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Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America

History of award

The Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America (PMSLA) is a new outbound scholarship funded by the New Zealand government. The application and selection process for the PMSLA is managed by Education New Zealand.  The PMSLA was announced in July 2016 and builds on the success of the Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia (PMSA), which sends eligible Kiwis offshore to study, research or undertake internships in Asia.

This award (PMSLA) sends Kiwis to Latin America and covers costs relating to study, research or internship in Latin America.


The Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America (PMSLA) is a new outbound scholarship funded by the New Zealand government. The scholarship aims to:

• Strengthen New Zealand 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


All applicants must:
• Be at least 18 years old at the time of application.
• Be a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Residence holder.
• Propose a programme that meets the requirements of the PMSLA. 

Number of awards



Refer to 'Additional Information'


Programmes supported by the scholarship must be at least four weeks duration and can be up to two years, or up to 12 months, if an internship.

Closing dates

The closing dates for the PMSLAroundsare 30 March and 30 August each year.

How do students apply?

The rapidly evolving situation around the COVID-19 outbreak means Education New Zealand has postponed the second round of the 2019/20 (March 2020) Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia and Latin America for both group and individual applicants.

We will review the situation later in the year. Please check our webpage for further updates.
Scholarship Information

Further information available from

Education New Zealand
ENZ Scholarships Team
Most NZ universities and polytechnics

Additional information

WHERE CAN I GO?                                  
Preference is currently for applicants undertaking appropriate programmes in Colombia and Brazil. Other Latin American countries such as Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Peru are also included. Individuals or groups may check with ENZ if preferred destination institution is not listed as having a formal relationship with a New Zealand institution. It may still meet requirements.
Recipients must spend 4 weeks actively on programme in Latin America, up to a maximum of two years.

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.]   

The PMSLA covers:
Tuition fees of Latin American institutions only – not NZ fees
Brokerage fees of approved Internship providers
Up to NZ$2,500 for return economy class flights NZ-Latin America
Contribution towards living and accommodation, visa, insurance etc costs of $270 for each week actively on programme in Latin America
Medical and travel insurance (mandatory – see ENZ website for types of acceptable cover)

Decision makers

The PMSLA Selection Panel represents key stakeholders and has final discretion on the number and value of awards.


The selection panel usually sits within six weeks of the closing date and applicants are advised within 36 hours of that meeting.

Conditions of acceptance

All PMSLA recipients:
• Must get faculty sign-off from their New Zealand institution on their proposed course of study if they want to count the academic credit for ANY study in Latin America towards their NZ qualification.
• Must undertake the programme stated on their application. Changes are not encouraged and in all cases must be notified in writing to ENZ and are approved on a case-by-case basis.
• May hold other scholarships, awards or grants in addition to the PMSLA (if those other awards allow).
• Will report to ENZ and participate in promotion and alumni activities.


Education New Zealand