Athlete Gold level Scholarships

Prime Minister’s Athlete Gold Level Scholarships are available to recipients after they are no longer carded athletes or retire from international competition, whichever occurs first.

Applications are now closed for 2016 intake of Prime Minsters Athlete Scholarships. Click here to see the list of 2016 recipients. 

Funding for gold level scholarships is capped, and not all applicants may receive a scholarship. Selection priority will be given to the highest performing athletes at pinnacle events.

The application process is the same as for the Prime Minister’s Athlete Scholarship programme with one exception: applications for gold level scholarship do not require NSO endorsement.

Recipients must start their course of study within 18 months of being de-carded or retiring from international competition – whichever occurs first – and complete their course of study within three years.

Application and Selection Process

The scholarship application closing date each year is as stipulated by the relevant NSO but no later than the programme deadline of 5pm, 1 December.  Early applications are appreciated but will not be considered until after the closing date.

If you are intending on applying for a scholarship it is best to complete a draft application prior to submitting the online application. All scholarship related documents can be found under the forms section below.

Scholarships are awarded for 12-month periods (1 January–31 December) but athlete requirements apply in respect of six-month periods.  The six-month periods are 1 January–30 June and 1 July–31 December.

Please note the demand for scholarships typically exceeds the financial resources available so it is unlikely that all applicants will receive a scholarship. 

Applications are assessed and prioritised by a High Performance Sport NZ panel, comprised of people with skills in high performance programme management, scholarship management and performance services.


To be eligible, the qualification sought by the applicant must appear on the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications, found at

Forms and reports

Programme Guide (PDF) for athletes (includes Athlete Gold level scholarships)

Scholarship Management Portal

2016 Draft application form (Word)

2016 Draft application form (PDF)

Athlete Study Plan template (Word)