The University of Waikato GEMS Scholarship

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What does the scholarship get me?

up to NZD$5,000 and will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition fees

Closing dates for applications

Next: 15 May 2021

1 December(for offers commencing in A Semester). 15 May (for offers commencing in B Semester)

Length of award

The tenure is one year (two semesters) and the Scholarship is valid only within the year for which it is awarded.


Number of awards offered

Up to six

Purpose of award

Up to Six scholarships with a value of up to NZD$5,000 will be awarded annually to successful applicants from any of the GEMS Education Network schools ( who demonstrate excellent academic achievement, and the potential to become global ambassadors for the University.

Selection criteria

1.1.To be eligible, applicants must:
a) be a student of a school of the GEMS Education Network;
b) not currently be enrolled at the University of Waikato;
c) must not have paid fees at the time of application,
d) be applying to enrol for the first time in an undergraduate level programme at the University of Waikato;
e) not be classified as a domestic student (see clause 7.3.e);
f) have met the University of Waikato’s English language requirementsf or admission;
g) have received a Formal or Conditional Offer of Place from the University of Waikato;
h) in the year of tenure, be commencing a full-time programme/s of study in A and B Semester;
i) be residing in New Zealand for the tenure of the scholarship;
j) not be coming to the University of Waikato via a sponsoring body 1;and
k) not be coming to the University of Waikato on a Guaranteed Credit Arrangement or through a study abroad or student exchange agreement.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

7.1. The Scholarship cannot be held in conjunction with any other University of Waikato funded tuition or accommodation fees scholarship or award, nor can it be held in conjunction with any Education New Zealand scholarship including, but not limited to,the Dream New, or International Excellence for India awards.
7.2. This Scholarship is not refundable to the student.
7.3. For any of the following reasons, the Scholarships Executive may terminate a Scholarship and recoup any funds dispersed if a recipient:
a) withdraws from papers without adding sufficient papers to maintain full-time enrolment,
b) changes to a qualification not covered under this Scholarship,
c) fails to make satisfactory progress in their first semester of study,
d) does not comply with the conditions of their student visa,
e) changes to domestic student status within the tenure of the Scholarship, or
f) does not comply with the conditions governing the Scholarship and/or the regulations of the University of Waikato.
7.4 .The recipient will have the right to appeal against any decision to terminate a Scholarship by writing to the Scholarships Office in the School of Graduate Research who will forward the appeal to the relevant committee.
7.5. In signing and returning the Scholarship acceptance form, the student will be deemed to have read, understood and accepted the regulations of this Scholarship.
7.6. Recipients of this Scholarship agree to participate, if required, in any promotional activity and events organised by the University of Waikato during the tenure of the Scholarship.

How do students apply?

3.1.Applications for the Scholarship must be received by the University of Waikato Scholarships Officeby:
1 December (for offers commencing in A Semester)
15 May (for offers commencing in B Semester)
3.2.International students,who are overseas at the time of submitting their application for the scholarship, must submit their scholarship application prior to lodging a visa application to travel to New Zealand, i.e. to be eligible to apply, the applicant cannot already have arrived in New Zealand.
3.3.International students currently residing in New Zealand, who, at the time of submitting their application, cannot be enrolled at the University of Waikato or the Waikato Pathways College.
3.4.Applicants must upload the following as part of their online application:
a) their Conditional or Formal Offer of Place from the University of Waikato; and
b) a personal statement that sets out the following (on the template provided):
What are your career goals/aspirations?
How will an international education experience help you to achieve these goals?
What additional qualities/skills do you have that make you an ideal candidate for this scholarship and an ambassador for the Universityof Waikato?
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How and when do students learn of the decision?

5.1. Applicants will be advised of the result of their application in writing following the selection meeting.
5.2. Successful applicants will receive a scholarship offer, which is valid for two weeks. Students must confirm their acceptance of the Scholarship by the date requested in the offer letter after which time the offer of Scholarship will automatically lapse and no longer be valid.
5.3. On receipt of the Scholarship acceptance form recipients will receive an official scholarship letter as confirmation of the acceptance of the Scholarship. This letter may be included with their student visa application.
5.4. If for any reason a recipient is unable to take up their offer of the scholarship in the semester for which it is offered, they may request a deferral of their scholarship. This request must be made in writing to the School of Graduate Research-Scholarships
a) Only one deferralis possible, and will only be considered if the semester requested is within the same year forwhich the scholarship was offered.
5.5. If the scholarship offer is not accepted or a request for deferral is not received within the time allowed to accept/defer, the offer of the Scholarship will lapse.

Decision makers

4.1.Scholarships will be offered on the basis of academic merit and future potential to become global ambassadors for the University of Waikato.
4.2.Applications will be shortlisted by the University’s International Regional Managers and forwarded to the Selection Panel.
4.3.The Selection Panel will comprise the Chair of the Scholarships Committee and the Director –International (or their nominees).
4.4.The Selection Panel’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into following the selection meeting.

History or background of award

The University of Waikato GEMS Scholarship was established in 2018, to promote educational opportunities, foster internationalisation and support talented international students of the GEMS Education Network in the opportunity to study at undergraduate level for the first time at the University of Waikato.

Additional information

The University of Waikato GEMS Scholarship will be applied to tuition fees only and is not transferrable.Students are required to pay their first year of tuition fees and apply for a studentvisa. The University will transfer the scholarship funding to the student’s tuition feesonce their enrolment has been completed.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact

Scholarships Office
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, 3240
+64 7 838 4489


Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently. The administrator of this record last updated this information in December 2020.