New Zealand Embassy Paris, France

New Zealand/France Friendship Fund

The New Zealand/France Friendship Fund was established during former French Prime Minister Rocard’s official visit to New Zealand in 1991. The Fund is used to finance projects which meet the declared aim of ‘promoting close and friendly relations between the citizens of France and New Zealand’.

Applications close 31 March each year and the joint French/New Zealand Board meets annually in June to decide which projects will receive funding for the coming year. The Board favours projects with an exchange element, often, but not exclusively, involving young people. A key criterion is that the project must promote knowledge about the other country, enhance the understanding of the respective lifestyles, and encourage ongoing people-to-people contact. Projects which the Fund has supported in the past span a range of disciplines including education, the arts, sport, and the media. Recent exchange projects have included students engaged in cultural, musical, and linguistic pursuits, young tradespeople, sporting and cultural groups and tertiary institutions.

Applications are invited from both French and New Zealanders citizens.


Academic Excellence Scholarship

The New Zealand-France Friendship Fund awards an Academic Excellence Scholarship to one high calibre tertiary student from New Zealand for postgraduate study in France at Masters or PhD level. Applications are made to the French Embassy in Wellington by 31 December for study in France during the following academic year. Candidates must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents and hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree of a high standard from a New Zealand university. A one-off grant of NZ$25,000 is awarded to the succesful applicant.

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