'Kia kaha, kia kaha maia, kia manawanui - Be strong, have confidence and determination. Life is what you make it...'

Hinewai Clark, awardee, at the Auckland award ceremony 2017

The next funding round opens 1 March 2021. 

 If you have any questions, please contact: enquiries@newhorizonsforwomen.org.nz

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Purpose of the awards

The Refugee Study Awards are for women who are studying for a New Zealand tertiary qualification, and who have not been through the New Zealand school system. The awards are a one-off grant to help with study and/or living expenses.


Value of the awards

One award of $3000 - preference for an awardee from the Manawatu region (but not required)


Eligibility criteria

To apply for the Refugee Study Awards you must meet all the following eligibility criteria:

The applicant is a woman, who:

  • Is enrolled in an NZ approved tertiary qualification

  • Is studying at diploma or degree level (NZQA level 5 or above)

  • Is a New Zealand citizen or holds a resident class visa, and lives in New Zealand

  • Provides evidence of having arrived in New Zealand as a refugee - ID card or NZ Immigration, Service refugee travel document

  • Has not previously received an NHWT: HK Award   

Selection criteria

When selecting awardees, the selection panel considers the following: 

  • Academic achievements and career plans

  • Financial circumstances

  • Personal circumstances

  • Experience

Refugee Study Awards