Sir Robert Jones’ Refugee Daughters’ Scholarship 2025

RASNZ is proud to be the administrator of the Sir Robert Jones’ Refugee Daughters’ Scholarship

Applications for 2025 scholarship support open on 22nd June and close on 14th July 2024

This scholarship assists young women from refugee backgrounds who aspire to complete a university degree, but who may be denied the opportunity because of their financial circumstances. The purpose of this scholarship is to enable the recipient to graduate from a New Zealand university or polytechnic without the significant student debt faced by many of their peers. Due to changes in the government’s fees-free policy, 2024 school leavers will be eligible to apply for the 2025 scholarship. Check the other application criteria below.

RASNZ is grateful for the support of the following universities in match-funding Robert Jones Holdings (RJH) generous contribution:

Application Criteria
  • Young women from refugee backgrounds
  • 18-28 years of age at 1 Jan 2025
  • who are permanent residents or citizens of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • in financial and/or personal hardship
Documents Required
  • an INZ immigration document which confirms your refugee- background status
  • and proof of your NZ permanent residency or citizenship
  • your school or university academic records for 2022, 2023 and 2024 to date
  • your 2024 letter from Studylink confirming your Student Allowance
  • an academic reference written by a senior teacher or lecturer
  • a character reference, written by a respected person in the community
  • a letter of application, written by you, telling the selectors about your personal and academic journey, your goals and aspirations, your financial and/or personal hardship circumstances and why you should be awarded this scholarship.
What is Covered?

This is a fee-paying scholarship.

Tuition fees

Successful applicants have their tuition fees paid (for full-time study) until the completion of the degree, so long as they pass all their courses each semester.


A scholarship recipient enrolled in a specialist course away from their hometown may be eligible for accommodation assistance in approved, university-owned accommodation, for up to two years.

The application process

  • From 22nd June 2024 – 14 July 2024 the application form will be available to complete on this web page. As well as completing the form you will be required to upload the listed documents.
  • A shortlist of applicants will be invited to attend an interview at the end of August/early September 2024 in Auckland, Wellington, or Dunedin.
  • Following interviews the decision will be made on the final recipients of the 2025 scholarship.

Any questions can be addressed to:


At RASNZ, we provide mental health and well-being services, including advocacy and diversity programs, for Rainbow refugees and asylum seekers.