International Student Wellbeing Strategy 2019/20 funding

Find out about the International Student Wellbeing Strategy and the projects being funded across New Zealand.

2019/20 funding

This funding comes from the Export Education Levy for projects to support the outcomes of the International Student Wellbeing Strategy.

The Ministry of Education has allocated a limited amount of funding to support initiatives that align with its mission and strategic priorities.

Funding is available through small grants and large grants.

ISWS Funding Guidance for applicants

About the Strategy

The International Student Wellbeing Strategy is designed to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as a safe and welcoming study destination.

The strategy’s vision is for all international students to feel welcome, safe and well, enjoy a high quality education and are valued for their contribution to New Zealand.

2019/20 funding round now open

Read our guidelines to learn more about the purpose of the funding and the evaluation criteria for both Small and Large grants. It outlines our strategic priorities and describes the one and two-stage application process.

Note: If you are unable to download the documents, contact us and we will post hard copies to you.

International Student Wellbeing Strategy 2019/20 funding guidance [PDF, 847 KB]

Small Grants

The Ministry of Education is now calling on proposals for the contestable 2019/2020 funding round for our Small Grants, due 23 September.

The Ministry of Education has allocated a limited amount of funding to Small Grants to support initiatives that align with the outcomes of the International Wellbeing Strategy.

ISWS Proposal for funding – up to $15,000 [PDF, 673 KB]

Large Grants

The Ministry of Education is currently calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for our 2019/20 Large Grants funding round.

EOI are due by 23 September, using the EOI form.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit a full application, which will be due by 28 October.

ISWS Expressions of Interest funding over $15,000 [PDF, 270 KB]

2019 funding was allocated to 10 projects across New Zealand

We held our second funding round under the Strategy in the second half of 2018. The theme for the funding round was international student mental health and/or safety. Projects were selected by international education leaders representing students, communities, education providers and government. Ten projects were selected to receive funding in 2019.

OrganisationFocusLocationFunding received
Canterbury & New Zealand Business Association Legal advice and support by and for international students Canterbury and Auckland $20,000
ISANA New Zealand An International Student Ambassador Programme and professionalisation of the international education sector through training and professional development National $150,000
Learning Hawke’s Bay One-on-one guidance for international students and families and information seminars Hawke’s Bay $22,400
New Zealand Sikh Women’s Association Workshops to help prevent female international student victimisation Auckland/ National $20,000
Silverline, University of Otago An international student-specific wellbeing resource, a wellbeing festival and a series of community-based events Otago $52,772
Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Videos that aim to help international students gain an understanding of the New Zealand health system Southland $30,500
Te Puna Waiora - Health & Counselling, Unitec Institute of Technology Sexual health and safety resources for New Zealand International students. Auckland/ National $127,355
The Canterbury Communications Trust (Plains FM) Student delivered weekly radio/podcast programmes in various languages addressing international student wellbeing Canterbury $26,516
University of Waikato Water safety resources and 6-8 week water safety skills course Waikato/ National $29,600
Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC) Mental health first aid training programme for international students, and for staff, homestay families and residential advisors working with international students National $52,000

2018 funding

Funding for 1 year projects to support the outcomes of the Strategy comes from the Export Education Levy. Eleven projects were funded in 2018.

International Student Wellbeing Strategy Funding Round 2017-18 outcomes

Last reviewed: Has this been useful? Give us your feedback