Christchurch New Zealand is experiencing an economic boom as a result of the $30 billion being invested in rebuilding New Zealand’s second largest city. As a result of the unprecedented scale of the rebuild programme, the city’s economy needs new migrants with specific skills and knowledge to address critical labour shortages.

The Christchurch Educated Skills Scholarship programme is targeted at Indian graduates wishing to study at post graduate level in Christchurch in specific disciplines which are aligned to clearly identified skill shortage areas associated with the rebuild programme such as Construction, Engineering, ICT and Science.

After completing a post graduate qualification at Level 7 or above in Christchurch the Christchurch Educated Skills Scholarship recipients will have opportunities to undertake internships or gain employment in companies which are experiencing growth due to the current economic climate.

The programme is supported by Education New Zealand and the Canterbury Development Corporation, the economic development agency of the Christchurch City Council.

The Christchurch Educated Skills Scholarships on offer are designed to address specific skills shortages and therefore the approved courses of study associated with the programme are directly related to these areas of need.

Application process and forms required – please check back next week for details for making an application for this scholarship.

For any questions about this programme please email

A list of the approved courses which can be undertaken will be published before the opening date for applications (which is detailed in section 6 below).

A Christchurch Educated Skills Scholarship is only available for programmes of study in Christchurch at Level 7 and above at approved institutions including the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and others.

Skill Shortage Areas

The skill shortage areas being targeted include:

  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • ICT
  • Science

Christchurch Educated Skills Scholarships are available to graduates of reputable tertiary institutions in India who:

(a) Already hold an undergraduate qualification related to one of the identified skill shortage areas (see the Canterbury Skill Shortage List: and the Long Term Skill Shortage List: for details); AND

(b) Are able to meet all student visa requirements in order to undertake postgraduate study in New Zealand – see for details1; AND

(c) Can obtain an offer of place for an approved programme of study from one of the participating Christchurch tertiary institutions.

Applications may

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