We believe that intercultural exchange should be accessible for all students in Aotearoa New Zealand. With the generous support of the AFS Educational Trust, its partners, and donors, AFS New Zealand offers a variety of scholarships for students from all walks of life.

Scholarships Descriptions

Empowerment Whakamanaia

Awarded to applicants who fit within any of the following:

  • Māori and Pasifika students
  • Students experiencing social disadvantage.
  • Students experiencing economic disadvantage and/or hardship.
  • Students experiencing challenging life situations.

Semester Programme up to $4,000 or

Year Programme up to $8,000

Spirit of AFS Wairua o AFS

This scholarship celebrates students willing to experience diversity, who have courage to go somewhere new, and embrace the spirit of AFS. Regions to explore:

  • Asia (excluding Japan)
  • Africa
  • The Americas (excluding Argentina, Chile, Canada and USA)
  • Europe and Scandinavia (excluding Belgium French, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden)

Semester Programme up to $4,000 or

Year Programme up to $8,000

Excellence Kaiarangi

This scholarship is awarded to recognize excellence in one or more of the below categories:

  • Academic (i.e. NCEA Excellence endorsement or equivalent measures)
  • Language (other than first/primary language)
  • Sporting e.g. Regional or NZ Representative level
  • Creative Arts excellence (e.g. Visual Art, Music, Dance, Drama)
  • Cultural knowledge and/or performance (representative)

Evidence required

Semester Programme up to $4,000 or

Year Programme up to $8,000

Community Engagement Te Whakawhanaunga Hapori

Awarded to applicants who clearly demonstrate significant involvement in their community through one or more of the following:

  • Community leadership
  • Actively volunteering
  • Community entrepreneurship
  • Involvement in environmental / sustainability activity or projects

 Evidence required

Semester Programme up to $4,000 or

Year Programme up to $8,000

Michael Jull Memorial

The Michael Jull Memorial Scholarship is a generous donation to AFS NZ from his Charitable Trust. Michael was an AFS student to Illinois, USA in 1979/1980 and like so many returnees he regarded going on AFS as a life changing experience. It was his wish to assist future AFS students to have a similar opportunity that he had.

This scholarship is for a student who will be going to a destination that isn’t English speaking. In addition to this, the student will demonstrate an excellence in the area of sports, or music, or performance or academia.

Evidence required.

Year Programme up to $5,000

The Ginny Radford Scholarship

This scholarship is enabled by a generous donation by Ginny Radford. Ginny is herself a Returnee (USA 1968-69) and wishes to make the opportunity that she had available for applicants today.

Awarded to an all round  student who has demonstrated high diligence and shown leadership qualities.  Preference will be given to a student who is able to demonstrate involvement in Scouting / Guiding  (or a similar organisation).

Evidence is required.

Year Programme up to $5000

AFS South Auckland

For an outstanding student from South Auckland.

Semester or Year Programme up to $5,000

AFS North Shore

For an outstanding student from North Auckland.

Year Programme up to $8,000


AFS New Zealand, through the generous support of the AFS Educational Trust, and donors, will offer a variety of scholarships for NH 2024- SH 2025

Every programme destination offered by AFS is unique and all participants are able to become active global citizens regardless of the destination chosen. Each experience focuses on amazing global learning outcomes which provide lifelong intercultural and educational opportunities.


Scholarships will be available for students who:

  • Have completed the full AFS NZ Online Application (OA)
  • Have been accepted by AFS NZ to go away with AFS.
  • Have been given a country placement.
  • Fit the scholarship criteria.
  • Have paid the $450.00 deposit.


  • For SH 2024 Scholarship applications have closed.
  • For NH 2024 Scholarship applications open early in 2024 dates TBC.
  • Applicants may apply for each of the scholarships they meet the criteria for.

Please note: Only ONE scholarship will be allocated by the scholarship selection panel to each applicant.


  • Each AFS student selected, becomes an ambassador throughout their AFS experience for their school, community, AFS and New Zealand.
  • AFS Scholarships are not redeemable in cash or transferable to another programme, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

In accepting the scholarship there are expectations and responsibilities

All students selected and placed to have an AFS experience in another country:

  1. As stated in the Participation Agreement it is compulsory to attend any pre departure Orientation meetings held, whether this be in person or where necessary online.
  2. Your school must continue to endorse you up until the time of your departure. This includes an expectation that you will strive to do the best possible at your NZ school prior to your departure.
  3. Attending school in another country and adapting to a new culture and probably another language has challenges. AFS expects participants to fully engage in school life and strive to achieve the best academic results possible in that context.

Additional for Scholarship Students

  1. Must write a letter to the AFS New Zealand Educational Trust (or the provider of a scholarship) within two weeks of receiving notification of a successful application. This notification will set out the focus expected.
  2. As a global ambassador you are required to share your experiences, global learning etc You need to write these dates into your diary. All pieces will go to [email protected]
    • Year long Programme participants: Your written piece along with interesting photos is expected 3 times during your experience. These will occur at approximately 6 weeks; 5 months and 6 weeks prior to returning home.
    • For Semester Programme participants: You must communicate twice during your experience.   The first at 6 weeks and the second 5 weeks before returning.
    • Upon return to New Zealand:  You are required to write an article which will be published in the National Newsletter. If possible, AFS NZ would like you to return to your New Zealand school and speak at an assembly about your global learning experience.


  1. Should anything be raised with AFS NZ prior to your departure that would suggest you are no longer a worthy candidate of a scholarship, AFS NZ reserves the right to withdraw this privilege. This may include your school, your social attitude, failure to write to the AFS NZ Trust / provider or concern over your ability to represent AFS and NZ well.
  2. Should you change the length of your programme prior to departure, AFS New Zealand has the right to change the scholarship amount to fit within the new programme length.
  3. I understand that AFS reserves the right to require the recipient and or his/her parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to pay AFS Intercultural Programmes NZ the scholarship amount or part there of should the recipient choose to withdraw or should AFS terminate  the programme.


Provide the names of two referees who you feel will provide further information to support your scholarship(s) application.


    • Referees should not be family members nor teachers from your school.
    • They should not be your peers
    • They should not be same as in your Online Application, however, if you have no other option please check with AFS NZ.
    • Referees could be people such as a family friend, a sports coach, your Kaumatua or Kuia, Pastor or other senior member of your church, a cultural group leader, your workplace ‘boss’, the manager of  a community service group you are actively involved in.

Video Statement 

No longer than 4 minutes in length  (above 4 minutes may lose points)

To cover:

  • Why you are applying and why you believe you are an outstanding candidate for a global ambassador scholarship.
  • Your reasons for wanting to participate on a global ambassador programme.
  • What you will bring to the role of being an AFS global ambassador in New Zealand before you leave on your exchange, during your exchange in your placement country and following your return home.
  • Relevant background information specific to the scholarship(s) you have applied for.


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Excellence Applicants

Attach as much evidence as you can (exception academic as this will come from your school in your online   application.  eg Links to an Art portfolio, involvement in Art exhibitions, Drama / Cultural Productions, sports teams, prizes, certificates, photos, etc


Maori Applicants (Empowerment Scholarship only)

Please attach separately evidence of your Whakapapa (this could be your Pepeha).

It would be positive if one of your referees was a person to support you in this area.

Provide evidence of any involvement you have had in Kapahaka (school or community) and your Reo capability.


Pacific Island Applicants (Empowerment Scholarship only )

Please attach separately evidence of your Pacific Island genealogy.

It would be positive if one of your referees was a person to support you in this area.

Provide evidence of any involvement you have had in Polynesian performing groups (school or community) and your Pasifika language capability.


Community Engagement & Ginny Radford Applicants

Provide letter(s) or documents supporting the section(s) you have been involved in.


SH2024 Application are closed.