Scholarship detail

Kura Mai Tawhiti Scholarships



Tenure of award:

One or two semesters.

Closing dates for applications:

01 May 2018
01 October 2018
Applications close 1 May and1 October

Number of awards offered:


History or background of award

Māori students are currently under represented in student exchange participation. These scholarships were introduced in 2010, for an initial period of two years, to encourage greater numbers of Māori students to participate in an exchange with an international exchange partner institution.

Purpose of award

In order for Māori students to participate in international exchanges, the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) will grant scholarships to eligible students who have been approved for exchange to approved exchange partner institutions, and who meet the requirements of the selection panel.

Selection criteria

* The scholarships will be awarded to Māori students who have been accepted for the Victoria Abroad programme and show a capacity for leadership and responsibility in business or the wider community.
* Academic achievement and hardship will also be considered.
* Information about exchanges and current exchange partnerships is available from

How do students apply?

Please apply online via the website.

A short personal statement outlining the applicant's career goals and indicating how they demonstrate a capacity for leadership and responsibility is required. This can include how the applicant may have demonstrated leadership within their School, University, community or working environment. The personal statement should also include an indication of how the exchange will contribute to the student's development as a Māori student.
Apply online

Additional information

The scholarship may be held in conjunction with other awards, especially the Victoria Abroad grant for all successful Victoria Abroad applicants, and the VILP (Victoria International Leadership Programme) Grant.

Pacific students should now apply for the Tufi Taufao Scholarship.

Decision makers

The successful applicants will be selected by a panel consisting of representatives from the Te Kawa a Maui, the Scholarships Office and the Exchange Office. All groups may not be represented at each panel meeting.

How and when do students learn of the decision?

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by the Scholarships Office as soon as possible after the selection panel meeting.

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

* The successful applicant will be expected to abide by the rules and regulations of both Victoria University and their host institution and to act as an ambassador for Victoria University and New Zealand during their exchange.
* Recipients will be expected to provide a written report to the selection panel following their exchange and will be expected to act as ambassadors to encourage greater uptake of student exchange amongst their peers.
* Students may be required to participate in information or promotional events.

Who else has information about this award?

The Student Exchange Co-ordinator, Victoria International.

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

Position: The Scholarships Office
Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington
Address: PO Box 600 Wellington 6140 New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 463 5557