Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarships
History of award
The Prime Minister’s Scholarship Programme helps emerging athletes to pursue tertiary study and elite-level sport development at the same time.
The programme helps retain talented athletes in their sports, and also helps transition our athletes into a career pathway. Established in 2000, the programme supports the achievement of tertiary and vocational qualifications while pursuing excellence in sport.
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.
The applicant must satisfy all of the following criteria:
a) Be a New Zealand citizen.
b) Be identified by HPSNZ as one of the following:
* A Carded Athlete within a HPSNZ Targeted Sport or within a HPSNZ Campaign Investment Sport
* 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
* In special cases, at the discretion of HPSNZ, an athlete in a non-Carded Campaign Investment Sport.
c) 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.
d) Submit a complete application.
e) 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.
e) Have met all athlete requirements while studying under the scholarship in the previous 12 months, unless HPSNZ agrees otherwise (athletes re-applying for a scholarship only).
Number of awards
Up to $10,000
Scholarships are generally awarded for 12-month periods but athlete requirements apply in respect of 6-month periods. The 6-month periods are 1 January – 30 June and 1 July – 31 December.
30 November 5pm. Please check with funder (see “How do students apply” for more info).
How do students apply?
Applications are made online via the HPSNZ Prime Minister’s Scholarship management system at www.scholarships.hpsnz.org.nz. Applications open 1 November each year for the year ahead.
Early applications are appreciated but will not be considered until after the closing date. The scholarship application closing date is 30 November 5pm. http://hpsnz.org.nz/resources/athlete-support/#PMS refer to USEFUL LINKS on this page to gain access to the scholarship portal, study plan template, scholarship programme guide and this year’s sport memo.
Further information available from
HPSNZ Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarships Contact Details:
Investment Support Manager
TEL: 0800 465 363 x 5448
MOBILE: 021 838 560
Prime Minister’s Scholarship Administrator
TEL: 0800 465 363 x 235
TEL: 09 477 5420 x 235
MOBILE: 021 897 335
Please note 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 HPSNZ assessment panel tasked with evaluating and prioritising applications in line with the selection criteria.
a) For the December intake:
• HPSNZ will notify NSOs in writing of both approved and declined applications by 22 December of the year in which they apply.
• HPSNZ will notify applicants in writing of both approved and declined applications by 24 December of the year in which they apply.
b) For the June intake:
• HPSNZ will notify NSOs in writing of both approved and declined applications by 22 May of the year in which they apply.
• HPSNZ will notify applicants in writing of both approved and declined applications by 24 May of the year in which they apply.
Conditions of acceptance
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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