Prime Minister's Athlete Gold Level Scholarship
History of award
The Prime Minister’s Scholarship Programme is a New Zealand Government initiative established in 2000. Currently there are scholarship programmes for athletes, coaches, support teams and officials.
The Prime Minister’s Scholarship Programme is managed by High Performance Sport NZ on behalf of the Government.
The Prime Minister’s Athlete Gold Level Scholarship is available to eligible recipients after they are de-carded or retire from international competition.
Athletes may be eligible for a Prime Minister’s Athlete Gold Level Scholarship based on their performance results at pinnacle events as agreed annually between National Sports Organisations (NSOs) and HPSNZ.
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) 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
Usually One Year
30 November 2020
30 November 2021
How do students apply?
The scholarship application closing date each year is as stipulated by the relevant NSO but no later than the programme deadline of 5pm, 30 November. Early applications are appreciated but will not be considered until after the closing date.
If you are intending on applying for a scholarship it is best to complete a draft application prior to submitting the online application. All scholarship related documents can be found under the forms section below.
Scholarships are awarded for 12-month periods (1 January–31 December) but athlete requirements apply in respect of six-month periods. The six-month periods are 1 January–30 June and 1 July–31 December.
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 High Performance Sport NZ panel, comprised of people with skills in high performance programme management, scholarship management and performance services.
Draft application form (Word)
Draft application form (PDF)
Scholarship Management Portal
Further information available from
HPSNZ Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarships Contact Details:
Investment Support Manager
TEL: 0800 465 363 x 5448
TEL: 09 477 5420 x 5448
MOBILE: 021 838 560
Prime Minister’s Scholarship Coordinator
TEL: 0800 465 363 x 235
TEL: 09 477 5420 x 235
MOBILE: 021 897 335
Queries, issues and requests for assistance should in the first instance be addressed to the HPSNZ Prime Minister’s Scholarship Coordinator.
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
Funding for the Gold Level Scholarship is capped, and not all applicants will receive a scholarship. Selection priority will be given to the highest performing athletes at pinnacle events.
Recipients must start their course of study within 18 months of being de-carded or retiring from international competition and complete their course of study within 3 years of commencement, or in special cases at the discretion of HPSNZ.
High Performance Sport New Zealand