The New Zealand Government offers scholarships to workers from eligible countries to learn new skills in New Zealand. Scholars can use these skills to improve their own country.

We fund skills training and work experience in New Zealand

New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships fund skills training and on-the-job work experience for professionals from eligible Pacific countries and Timor-Leste.

Successful applicants can come to New Zealand to:

  • gain experience at a workplace with a New Zealand employer or government department, or
  • attend a training course at a New Zealand institute of technology, polytechnic, or with another certified training provider.

New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships are available for these options:

  • Training Certificate (for up to 12 months)
  • Work experience (for up to 12 months)
  • Certificate (for up to 12 months)
  • Diploma (up to 12 months; up to Level 6 of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework)
  • Certain maritime courses (up to 12 months; at Level 7 of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework).

Your chosen training course or work experience:

  • must contribute to the human resource development needs of your country, and
  • align with the following New Zealand priority themes and sectors:
Climate Change and Resilience
    • Climate Change and the Environment
    • Disaster Risk Management
    • Food Security and Agriculture
Good Governance
    • Governance
    • Law and Justice
Health
Education
Economic Resilience
    • Economic Resilience / Private Sector
    • Information Communications Technology
    • Tourism
    • Fisheries

To apply you must meet all eligibility criteria

To apply for a New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarship, you must meet all eligibility criteria on this list:

  1. I will be at least 18 years old at the time I start the scholarship.
  2. I am a citizen of one of these countries: 
    Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Pacific Territories (French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna), Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu
  3. I am not a citizen or permanent resident of these countries: 
    New Zealand, Australia, Israel, South Korea, Japan, USA, any European Union country, Qatar, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
    Exceptions in the Pacific: People from Niue and Tokelau can apply for scholarships (even though they are New Zealand citizens). New Zealand-Samoan dual citizens can also apply.
  4. On 31 December 2019, I will have lived in my country of citizenship for the last two years or more.
    Exception for diplomatic corps and their family: A member of the diplomatic corps or a dependent of a member of the diplomatic corps, living outside their own country, can apply for a New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarship.
  5. I am not currently serving in the military.
  6. I expect to meet the immigration requirements for a New Zealand student visa.
  7. I expect to meet the academic entry requirements for my preferred courses determined by my preferred education institution.
  8. I have not had a New Zealand Scholarship terminated because of poor academic performance (in the previous five years) or a breach of my scholarship contract.
  9. If my scholarship is for less than six months, then I intend to return to my country for one year at the end of my scholarship to contribute to my country’s social and economic development.
    OR
    If my scholarship is for more than six months, then I intend to return to my country for two years at the end of my scholarship to contribute to my country’s social and economic development.
  10. I have at least one year of fulltime work experience or two years of part-time work experience that relates to my career and/or my proposed courses.

Scholarship application and selection process

The New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships application process differs depending on which country you are from. You may be able to apply all year round, or within application opening and closing dates. 

Contact your local New Zealand Embassy or High Commission at any time for the scholarship application dates and to get the application form. Embassy and High Commission staff can help you to complete the application form.

If your scholarship is approved, you will receive a Letter of Offer with the conditions of your scholarship. All scholars must accept and abide by these conditions.

Supporting documents for your application

You must submit these supporting documents with your application:

  • a certified copy of your birth certificate (in English)
  • a certified copy of the personal pages of your passport
  • a recent passport photograph
  • a certified academic transcript of all your school results (in English)
  • a certified academic transcript of your tertiary results, and the grading scale of your education institution (both in English)
  • a certified copy of the completion or graduation certificate (in English) for each tertiary qualification that you have
  • a copy of any correspondence (emails) with your proposed education institution or workplace
  • a current job description, stating your position and outlining your responsibilities and duties (if you have a job)
  • a current curriculum vitae: describe your qualifications, your work experience and your skills.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency if required by your proposed education institution or course provider.  Contact your local Embassy or High Commission to find out the requirements of your proposed training course or work experience.

How we manage our Short Term Training Scholarships

The New Zealand Government uses a training management company to provide services on its behalf. This company organises your travel arrangements and looks after you while you are in New Zealand.

We recommend you check New Zealand's student visa requirements (external link)

Financial support for scholars

Successful scholars from the Pacific receive:

  • full tuition fees
  • training-related costs
  • return air travel
  • an one-off establishment allowance on arrival
  • accommodation
  • a weekly allowance to cover basic living costs
  • medical insurance for the duration of the scholarship
  • travel insurance
  • approved visa expenses.

Note: This government scholarship does not include the cost of bringing family to New Zealand with you.