The Prime Minister’s Officials’ Scholarship programme develops the skills of Kiwis officiating at pinnacle events. 

Applications are now open for 2016 Prime Minsters Official’s Scholarships. Click here to go through to the application portal. It is advised to use the draft forms below to plan your application and study plan before submitting online. If you have any issues using the system please email If you haven’t already check out the updated Programme Guide here.

The purpose of Official’s Scholarships are to invest in education opportunities to enable world leading performance from New Zealand’s top athletic talent, by prioritising resources for increasing expertise that will directly impact athlete performance and enable the sustainability of our officials’ talent pool.

The programme supports professional development activities related to the purpose of the scholarships.

For example, activities supported can include accreditation requirements, business coaching, mentoring, training, internships, conferences, study visits, observations at key sporting events, discussions on ‘best’ practice, on-the-job shadowing, participation in peer network activities, participation in international committees or working groups, peer review of professional work, travel, accommodation, incidentals, and reimbursement for lost income.

Scholarships do not support sport coaching, service delivery, membership fees for professional bodies or industry groups, or the purchase of any equipment associated with the applicant’s vocation, job role or as a requirement for the project.

Please note that priorities may be given to certain activities.  


The applicant must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Be an Official.
  • Be working with high performance athletes, or working directly in a high performance environment.
  • Be endorsed by their NSO and/or HPSNZ leading up to and during the scholarship.
  • Be acknowledged in a NSO’s High Performance plan, or Official’s plan; or identified by their NSO or HPSNZ as an emerging talent who will impact high performance sport within the next 5 years.
  • For individual applications, have an up-to-date Professional Development plan.
  • For group applications, have an up-to-date Group Development plan or strategy.
  • Have demonstrated commitment to their NSO’s education and development pathways (if available).
  • Submit a complete application including required endorsements and supporting information.
  • Have no outstanding scholarship requirements.


The scholarship application closing date each year is 5pm, 1 December.  Early applications are appreciated but will not be considered until after the closing date. To apply you must submit a complete online application. The link to the application system will be available through this webpage from November 1.

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.

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.


Programme Guide (PDF) for Officials

2016 Draft application form (Word)

Final reports are due within four weeks of completing a scholarship. Please contact your NSO before submitting a report. See link here for the draft report form to begin the collation of your report detail. Once completed please send the form and all financial information through to


If you need to make changes to an existing scholarship, please contact Travis White at the above email address or on 021 838 560.