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Hinewai Clark, awardee, at the Auckland award ceremony 2017

Open for applications 17th July 2023

Scroll down for more information on the awards.

If you have any questions, please contact: awards@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

Up to 2 awards of $3000



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 at the proposed level of study

Selection criteria

When selecting awardees, the selection panel considers the following: 

  • Academic achievements and career plans

  • Financial circumstances

  • Personal circumstances

  • Experience

If you are eligible for this award, please complete the online application form from 17th July 2023 and submit it by the closing date 16th August 2023.

Refugee Study Awards
Please click the following link to download
Refugee Study Awards 2021 information for applicants.pdf