The New Zealand Aid Programme offers scholarships to people from eligible African countries who are motivated to make a difference at home.

In 2016 New Zealand Development Scholarships applications can be made online from 1st February 2016. Applications close on 30th April 2016. Any eligible country can apply online.

Eligible countries in Africa include: Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Find out which African Commonwealth countries are eligible

Scholarships available and closing dates

New Zealand Development Scholarship

Application deadline:

15 April 2016 (paper application)
30 April 2016 (online application)

Contact:
Postal address:
ATTN: Scholarships
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Private Bag 18-901
Wellington 6160
New Zealand

Courier address:
ATTN: Scholarships
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
195 Lambton Quay
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Qualification types

New Zealand Development Scholarships are available for the following qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
  • Masters Degree (1 – 2 years)
  • PhD (up to 3.5 years)

Eligibility

Candidates must meet all the scholarship eligibility criteria including:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing your scholarship.
  • Be a citizen of the country from which you are applying for a scholarship and have resided in that country for at least the last two years.
  • Agree to return to your home country for a minimum of two years on completion of the scholarship.

Read the full eligibility criteria

Preferences

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate strong academic ability, leadership qualities, and a commitment to the development of their home country.

Preference is also given to candidates who are 39 years of age or younger at the time of commencing their scholarship.

Preference will be given to candidates who apply to study in academic disciplines relating to one or more of the following:

Agriculture development

  • Agri-business management, agricultural economics, agricultural systems and management, rural development, domestic supply chains and distribution, Natural Resource and Environmental Management
  • Biology, vegetable production, livestock/animal husbandry, crop management, sericulture (silk production), forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, agricultural pest management
  • Phytosanitary, bio-security, biotechnology, agricultural trade, 
  • Food production, food sciences/technology, post-harvest processing, food storage and packaging, food safety
  • A list of postgraduate qualifications relevant to Agriculture Development is available here [PDF, 422 KB]

Renewable energy

  • Geothermal, solar, hydro engineering and wind energy, renewable energy distribution systems
  • A list of postgraduate qualifications relevant to Renewable Energy is available here [PDF, 392 KB]

Find a course 

Search the Study in New Zealand database (external link)

How to apply

See step by step information about how to apply for a scholarship.

Forms and conditions 

New Zealand Development Scholarship conditions [PDF, 594 KB] 

Some countries in Africa are also eligible for Commonwealth Scholarships. Please click here for further information.