Kiwi Asian Journalism Scholarship

The Kiwi Asia Scholarship is offered once each year to young New Zealanders of Asian descent who are planning on studying journalism.

Scholarship details

The scholarship, worth $5,000, was created by the Asia New Zealand Foundation to help attract more Asian New Zealanders into journalism, and also encourage greater representation of Asian communities in mainstream New Zealand journalism.

A 2007 survey by the New Zealand Journalism Training Organisation (NZJTO) showed that only about two percent of all journalists working in the mainstream English-language news media were Asian - even though Asian New Zealanders make up 10 percent of the population.

Payment of the scholarship is made on completion of your journalism study.

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand passport holders or permanent residents
  • be Asian or part-Asian in ethnicity
  • be considering a career in news journalism
  • be enrolled in a course of journalism study at an NZJTO-affiliated journalism school or have applied for a course (NZJTO website - list of industry-approved journalism schools).

The ability to speak an Asian language is an advantage.

Note: If you've applied to a journalism course but are yet to hear if you've been accepted, you can still apply for the scholarship. However, the scholarship award is conditional on your being accepted.

How to apply

Your application must include:

  • A covering letter
  • Your CV, including your academic record
  • References
  • Examples of writing.

Send applications by email to or by post to:

Rebecca Palmer
Media adviser
Asia New Zealand Foundation
PO Box 10 144
Wellington 6142

Note: If you're submitting your application by post, please provide three copies of each page.


For more information, contact Rebecca Palmer on or 04 470 8701.

Last updated: 19 Jun 2014