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Tertiary Scholarship Schemes

We offer scholarships as a pathway for a career as an Officer in the NZDF.

We offer three types of tertiary scholarship schemes for those who are about to begin or are currently studying toward a degree, or have recently graduated.

Types of scholarships

The three types of scholarships are:

  • Bursary Scholarship Scheme
  • Salary Scholarship Scheme
  • Graduate Incentive Scholarship Scheme (GISS)

Each Service (Navy, Army and Air Force) give their scholarship schemes different names, and administer them in slightly different ways. They each have their own specific employment focuses and approved fields of study, and each scheme offers varying degrees of financial support.

Which one is right for you?

Before enquiring or applying for the scholarship, ensure you have met the eligibility criteria for a career within the NZDF.

The Bursary and Salary Scholarship Schemes are both aimed at school leavers or those in their first, second or third year (Medical Officer Cadet and Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)) of study at university.

The Graduate Incentive Scholarship Scheme is aimed at those who are in their final year of studies or have recently graduated.

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Bursary Scholarship Scheme

These scholarships are offered by the Navy and the Airforce. You will complete an induction course in the summer prior to your study and be a member of the Reserves during your study, and transition to being a full-time member after graduation. You will be required to complete one year of full-time service for every year of sponsored study.

Bursary Scholarship Schemes

  • Navy Chatham Scheme
  • Air Force Reserve Undergraduate Scheme

Bursary scholarships are currently offered by the Navy and the Airforce for the following Officer roles:

Training

You will complete an induction course in the summer prior to your study (Semester 1) and become a member of the Reserves Forces.

On completion of your study, you will transition to being a full-time member of the NZDF (Regular Force) on completion of your university studies and then complete full initial training.

You will be required to complete one year of full-time service for every year of sponsored study.

What can I study?

After ensuring you have met the eligibility criteria and have applied for one of the roles above, you will continue through our application process.

If successful, you can study for a degree in one of the approved specialisations below, at an approved New Zealand tertiary institution.

You can study for a degree in one of the approved specialisations below, at a New Zealand tertiary institution of your choice.

  • Engineering Officers (Navy and Airforce)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Engineering Technology specialisations in Mechanical, mechatronics, electrical and electronics.
    • Additional Specialisations: 
      • Navy: Computer or software engineering. Chemical processing/materials engineering may also be considered.
      • Air Force: Aeronautical.

Unfortunately civil and structure engineering degrees are not approved fields of study.

Selection is highly competitive for all our scholarshipsNCEA Level 3 Merit and Excellence endorsements are preferred for Year 13 candidates. B+ average is preferred for those in programme.

  • Learning and Development Officer (Airforce)
    • Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Arts.

Selection is highly competitive for all our scholarships. NCEA Level 3 Merit and Excellence endorsements are preferred for Year 13 candidates. B+ average is preferred for those in programme.

  • Communications Information and Systems Officers (Airforce)
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Bachelor of Computer Science
    • Bachelor of Information Science
    • Bachelor of Business Studies with specialisation in computer science, information systems, information technology, computer system engineering, software engineering or cyber.

Selection is highly competitive for all our scholarships. NCEA Level 3 Merit and Excellence endorsements are preferred for Year 13 candidates. B+ average is preferred for those in programme.

Still have questions? Contact us at specialists@defencecareers.mil.nz

What is the value?

  • Your tertiary fees and associated expenses will be reimbursed at the end of each successful year of study.
  • You will receive an annual stipend of $9,000.
  • You will receive paid full time work in university holidays.
  • You may receive an annual performance bonus of $2,000 for exceptional academic achievement.

Salary Scholarship Scheme

Salary Scholarship Schemes

  • Navy Tangaroa Scheme ⬇
  • Army Medical Officer Cadet Scheme ⬇
  • Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Scheme ⬇
  • Kia Atamai Te Whawhai Scholarship ⬇

Navy Tangaroa Scheme

The Navy Tangaroa scholarship is currently offered by the Navy for the following Officer roles:

  • Weapon Engineering Officer
  • Marine Engineering Officer

 

This scholarship is available to:

  • Year 13 students who meet the minimum educational requirement of NCEA Level 3 with 18 credits in Level 3 Mathematics and Physics and University Entrance, or:
  • Are currently studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or a Bachelor of Engineering Technology at the University of Auckland, Massey University (Albany campus), or Auckland University of Technology. 

 

Your university fees and associated expenses will be paid, plus you will receive an annual salary. You will also receive subsidised accommodation at Devonport Naval Base. 

 

Training

Prior to commencing your scholarship, you will be required to complete Junior Officer Common Training. 

After graduation, you will be required to complete one year of service for every year of sponsored study.

 

 

Still have questions? Email us at specialists@defencecareers.mil.nz

Scholarships for Medical Officers

This scholarship is available to medical students beginning their fourth year of study. Your compulsory tertiary fees will be paid, plus you will receive an annual salary (this equates to the same starting salary to an Army Officer Cadet).

 

During your fourth to sixth years of medical school, you will undertake a small amount of military training designed to get you used to military life and practices.

 

On completion of your academic studies, you must undergo two years of general registration at a civilian hospital. You will be on leave without pay from the NZDF during this period.

 

Upon registration, you will be required to complete one year of service for every year of sponsored study, plus one additional year of service. 

You can apply for this scholarship from third year until fifth year of medicine. 

 

Still have questions? Email us at specialists@defencecareers.mil.nz

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Scheme

This scholarship can be offered to Navy and Airforce Officers however are primarily selected for Army General List officer cadets at the beginning of their training. 

If successful, you will be offered to undertake study at Bachelor level in either Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics at the University of New South Wales in Canberra, Australia
. Whilst at ADFA, you’ll study in a military environment and undertake military training with the Australian Defence Force during university holidays. 

 

Your university fees and associated expenses will be paid, as well as travel costs. You will also receive an annual salary. Back in New Zealand, you will be required to complete one year of service post-graduation for every year of sponsored study.

This scholarship is awarded subject to availability with the ADFA.

 

Am I eligible?

The minimum ADFA Scheme requires NCEA Level 3 English and Mathematics, with at least 100 NCEA Level 3 Credits – 45 of which were achieved at Merit or Excellence level.

 

Learn more about the Australian Defence Force Academy here.

Graduate Incentive Scholarship Scheme (GISS)

This scholarship is offered by the Navy, Army and Air Force for various trades, and is available to university graduates holding one of the qualifications below. You can apply during your final year of study or as a graduate.

There is no minimum term of employment or return of service for this scholarship, with incremental payments will be paid out on the anniversary of your attestation date.

What can I study?

Engineering Officer (Navy and Airforce)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Engineering Technology with specialisation in mechanical, mechatronics, electrical and electronic, computer or software engineering. The Navy will also consider other engineering specialisations.

Communications Information and Systems Officer (Airforce)

  •  Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Information Science, or Bachelor of Business Studies with a specialisation in computer science, information systems, information technology, computer system engineering, software engineering or cyber.

Medical Officer (Army)

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

Dental Officer (Army)

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

Other qualifications may be considered for GISS on a case by case basis. This is dependent on the qualification required by the NZDF. 

*The Tū Ako Scholarship accepts a broad range of degrees beyond those listed above.

How to apply

Before being considered for a scholarship scheme, candidates are required to submit an application for an approved Officer role to join the NZDF. You will complete our normal recruitment process to determine if you are suitable for a career as an Officer.

After applying to join the NZDF, you will be assigned a Candidate Engagement Facilitator who will assist you with your scholarship application.

Still have questions? Email us at specialists@defencecareers.mil.nz

Find out about the Tū Ako Scholarship

What is the value?

In addition to your salary, you will be reimbursed up to $30,000 (Three-year degree) and $40,000 (Four-year degree) over your first three/four years in the Service. This is paid out in increments at the end of each successful year of service on your attestation anniversary date.



How to apply

Before being considered for a scholarship scheme, candidates are required to submit an application to join the NZDF, and complete our normal recruitment process to determine if they are suitable for a career as an officer. After applying to join the NZDF, you will be assigned a Candidate Engagement Facilitator who will assist you with your scholarship application.

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