University Study

The following study schemes are available for Air Force Engineering Officers. Supply Officers and Communication and Information Systems Officers.

We also have scholarships for graduates and final year students to help pay back your student loan retrospectively. If you want to start your career without the burden of a student loan, get in touch and ask us for more information.

ENGINEERING OFFICER

THE GRADUATE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME (GIS)

Engineering graduates and final year students are eligible to apply for the GIS.  If successful, in addition to your normal salary you will receive an annual incentive bonus spread over four years, the amount of which will be confirmed in an Offer of Service.  There is no minimum time to serve or return of service obligation incurred.

The minimum educational requirement to apply for GIS is a BE(Hons) or BEngTech, but you may also apply if you are in the final year of study towards these qualifications.  The GIS will be awarded to qualifying Direct Entry applicants on a competitive basis.   

THE RNZAF UNIVERSITY SCHEME (RUS)

RUS is available to Undergraduate and Year 13 students. The Air Force will fund your engineering studies and provide an annual living allowance on a ‘year for a year’ return of service basis.

Candidates for RUS must meet the university entry requirements for a BE(Hons) at a New Zealand university.  Failure to meet the university entry requirements will result in any conditional offer of RUS being withdrawn.  Successful applicants must study or continue studying towards a BE(Hons) in an approved specialisation, which includes mechanical, electrical, electronics, mechatronics and aeronautical engineering.

SUPPLY OFFICER

THE GRADUATE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME (GIS)

Commerce, Business, Logistics or Supply Chain graduates and final year students for the same degrees are eligible for the GISS.  In addition to your normal salary, you will receive an annual payment spread over three years, that amount to be determined in an Offer of Service.  There is no minimum time to serve or return of service incurred.

The minimum educational requirement to apply for GISS is a Bachelor in Commerce, Business, Logistics or Supply Chain or currently completing the final year for any of these.  The GISS will be awarded to qualifying Direct Entry applicants on a competitive basis.

Note: The GISS may not be offered every year, please enquire with your Recruiter.

THE RNZAF UNIVERSITY SCHEME (RUS)

RUS is available to Undergraduate and Year 13 students of a relevant tertiary qualification for this officer career, which is a Bachelor's degree in commerce, business, logistics or supply chain management.  The Air Force will fund your tertiary studies and provide an annual living allowance on a 'year for a year' return of service basis.

The minimum educational requirement to apply for RUS is University Entrance with 90 credits in NCEA Level 3, and a minimum of 18 credits in English and Mathematics at Level 2.  Merit/Excellence preferred.  Consideration given to Year 12 students with NCEA Level 2 and good results to date at Level 3.  Successful applicants must study or continue studying in one of the qualifications required for Supply Officer recruitment.

COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS OFFICER

THE GRADUATE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME (GIS)

GIS is available to graduates or students in their final year of study toward a bachelor degree in the following areas; computer network engineering, cyber security, telecommunications, business information systems and electrical engineering.

The intent of the scheme is to reimburse the cost of your tertiary studies over four years of service.  Reimbursements will be specified in an Offer of Service.  There is no return of service obligation associated with the scheme.  The GIS will be awarded to qualifying Direct Entry applicants on a competitive basis.

THE RNZAF UNIVERSITY SCHEME (RUS)

RUS is available to Year 13 and undergraduate students.  The Air Force will fund your tertiary studies and provide an annual living allowance on a 'year by year' return of service basis.  Qualifying areas of study for a Communication and Information Systems (CIS) Officer include bachelor degrees in computer network engineering, cyber security, telecommunications, business information systems and electrical engineering.

Applicants must meet pre-requisite qualifications for entry into their chosen course of study.  Selection will be on a competitive basis.

*A full disclosure of the terms and conditions of the schemes can be provided on application.