The New Zealand Aid Programme offers several different types of scholarship. Your eligibility depends on which country you come from.

New Zealand Pacific Scholarships

About

New Zealand Pacific Scholarships (NZPS) recognise the very close personal, cultural, and economic ties that New Zealand enjoys with Pacific countries. A particular focus of NZPS is to increase the number of young pacific people studying in New Zealand and to build a new generation of Pacific leadership with strong links to New Zealand.

NZPS are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development programme. They are managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

NZPS are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate study in New Zealand.

Eligible countries 

Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New GuineaSamoa, Solomon IslandsTonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Qualification Types

New Zealand Pacific Scholarships are available for the following qualifications:

  • Undergraduate Degree (3 – 4 years)*
  • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
  • Master’s Degree (1 – 2 years)
  • PhD (3 – 4 years)

* Fijian Applicants: Please note that Bachelor of Veterinary Science is the only undergraduate qualification offered to citizens of Fiji.

How to Apply

See the How to Apply page for details.

New Zealand ASEAN Scholar Awards

About

The New Zealand ASEAN Scholarships (NZAS) recognise New Zealand’s close cultural, economic, and geographic ties with Southeast Asia. They seek to empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to the economic, social, and political development of their region. NZAS are offered for postgraduate level study only.

Eligible countries

Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam

Brunei Darrusalam and Singapore candidates can only apply for the Victoria University ASEAN Scholarship offered by Victoria University of Wellington (external link).

Qualification Types

New Zealand ASEAN 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)

How to Apply

See the How to Apply page for details.

New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships

About

New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships (NZRDS) are for Pacific Island candidates to gain knowledge and skills in specific subject areas that will assist in the development of their home country. Scholars undertake their study in the Pacific region, providing scholars with the option of studying closer to home in a Pacific environment and culture. 

The NZRDS programme complements the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s scholarships for training in New Zealand by:

  • Enabling scholars to pursue programmes of study in fields where the option of studying in New Zealand is limited or not offered.
  • Contributing to broader objectives including development of regional institutions and building strong person-to-person relationships across the region.

NZRDS are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government’s overseas aid and development programme. They are managed by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Please see our ‘where to study page for further information on the participating institutions and available courses. 

Eligible countries

Kiribati,  Niue, Samoa, Solomon IslandsTonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

Qualification Types

New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships are available for the following qualifications:

  • Undergraduate Degree (3 – 4 years)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
  • MastersMaster’s Degree (1 – 2 years)
  • PhD (up to 3.5 years)

How to Apply

See the How to Apply page for details.

New Zealand Development Scholarships 

About

New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) give candidates from selected developing countries an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through study in specific subject areas which will assist in the development of their home country.

NZDS are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government’s overseas aid and development programme. They are managed by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

NZDS are for postgraduate study in New Zealand and are available to candidates from specific African, Caribbean and Latin American countries, and from Bhutan, Jordan, Mongolia, Nepal and Timor-Leste. NZDS are also available for undergraduate study to candidates from Timor Leste.

Eligible countries 

Region Eligible countries
Africa (Commonwealth) Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Africa Algeria, Angola, Dijbouti, Ethiopia, Egypt, Gambia, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Zimbabwe 
Asia Bhutan, JordanMongolia,  NepalTimor-Leste
Latin America Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela
Caribbean Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

Qualification Types

New Zealand Development Scholarships are available for the following qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
  • Master’s Degree (1 – 2 years)
  • PhD (3 – 4 years)

How to Apply

See the How to Apply page for details.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

About

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships are prestigious scholarships that recognise New Zealand’s history and ties to the Commonwealth. Our Commonwealth Scholarships are part of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) - an international programme under which Commonwealth countries offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commwealth states. The purpose of the scholarships is set out in the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (external link), with the following key principles to:

  1. promote mutual cooperation and share educational experience among all Commonwealth countries

  2. be available across the Commonwealth

  3. recognise and promote the highest level of intellectual achievement.

Eligible countries

The following Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply:

Region Eligible countries
Africa Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.
Caribbean Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Asia (other) Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
Pacific Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

Qualifications

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships are available for the following postgraduate qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree (1 – 2 years)
  • PhD (up to 3.5 years)

How to apply

The application process for a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship is different to other New Zealand Scholarships. Applicants must submit their applications to their country's 'Nominating Agency' first. The Nominating Agency then 'nominates' two applicants from the submitted applications to send to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Please read the below section carefully before you submit an application.

Note: Applications are open, and will close on 30 March. Applications must arrive at your country’s Commonwealth Nominating Agency by 30 March 2017.

Step 1: Prepare to apply

  • Check that you meet all eligibility criteria (external link).
  • Read about our scholarships - why New Zealand offers scholarships and what you can expect.

  • Read your country page and ensure your application is aligned with the priority sectors for your country. The selection process is very competitive and your choice of study must align to one of these sectors to go on to be shortlisted. 

  • Understand our selection preferences for scholars.

  • Understand what we expect from you if you win a scholarship - what you will need to do during your study and after you graduate.

  • Do your research about which institution and qualification is right for you and the development needs of your country. For more information, see Where you can study and What you can study, as well as Study in New Zealand (external link). (external link)

  • Those who wish to pursue doctoral studies are also recommended to start contacting and securing a potential supervisor for your PhD. You will need to have a Letter of Support from a supervisor should you go on to be shortlisted.

Step 2: Complete your application form

Download and print the New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships Application Form for 2017 Selection

Additional copies may also be available at your local nominating agency or at selected New Zealand High Commissions.

Refer to the Application Guidance page on this website for essential information and helpful tips.

Complete all sections of the application form, and make sure you have attached the additional documents required.

Step 3: Submit your application to your nominating agency

Send your completed Application Form to your country's nominating agency by 30 March 2017.

For the contact details of Nominating Agencies - see pages 26-30 at the back of the NZCS Application Form.

Note: any applications received directly from applicants will not be considered. (Do NOT send your application to New Zealand). Alll applications must be sent to your country's Nominating Agency first. Nominating Agencies play a key role in the application process.

What happens after I apply?

Nominating Agencies will review all applications received and select the two candidates that best meet the eligibility conditions, preference factors and priority sectors for their country. The Nominating Agencies then send their nominated candinates to us. 

In May, we will contact you via email if you have been nominated to let you know that we have received your application as one of the two nominated applicants for your country.

We will then shortlist applications to proceed through to the next stages.

All shortlisted candidates will be assessed, interviewed and undergo reference checks through the New Zealand Scholarships office.

A final decision will be made by mid-October, 2017. Preferred candidates will be notified and go through the placement process at their selected institution. Once successfully placed, they will officially become New Zealand Commonwealth Scholars.

Short Term Training Scholarships

About

Short Term Training Scholarships (STTS) are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development programme. They are managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

STTS assist people in the work force to gain knowledge and skills that will help the development of their home country. They play an important and growing role in addressing the human resource and development needs of developing countries.

Through STTS, individuals from selected developing countries can undertake training of up to one year in duration in New Zealand. A wide range of short-term vocational and/or skills courses or work attachments are offered.

Eligible countries

Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New GuineaSamoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-LesteTokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Qualification types

  • Short Term Training Scholarships are available for the following qualifications:
  • Training Certificate (up to 12 months)
  • Work placement (up to 12 months)
  • Certificate (up to 12 months)
  • Diploma (up to level 6 of the NZQF (external link) and up to 12 months)

How to apply

Short Term Training Scholarships are available throughout the year. Contact your relevant New Zealand High Commission or New Zealand Embassy to submit an application.