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 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

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

Please 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

Please see the How to Apply page for details.

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. Please contact your relevant New Zealand High Commission via your country page to submit an application.

Closing dates

Open year round.

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 MFAT’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

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

Commonwealth Scholarships

About

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships are managed by Universities New Zealand.  For full details on how to apply, please visit their page (external link).

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme and managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). The selection process in New Zealand is managed by Universities New Zealand.

Please note:  only applications studying within your country priority sectors will be considered.

Eligible countries

The following Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply:

Region Eligible countries
African Commonwealth countries 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 , Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Pacific Cook Islands, 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 unique to other New Zealand Scholarship. Please be sure to read this section carefully before submitting an application.
Each Commonwealth government has designated a national agency for the operation of Commonwealth Scholarships.

Contact the national agency in your home country for more information (external link)

You may only apply using the New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship Application form as a hard copy.  Please note that applicants are unable to apply online.  You must submit your application to your local Nominating Agency.

Step One:

Confirm your eligibility Check your eligibility against the requirements.

Step Two:

Decide the type of institution and qualification If you are eligible, decide the type of institution and qualification that is right for you. For more information about studying in New Zealand visit the ‘Where you can study’ page.

Step Three:

Apply for an Offer of Place Once you have selected your institution and qualification, you will need to seek an offer of place at one of our New Zealand institutions.  Applications will not be considered without a confirmed offer of place.

Step Four:

Apply for a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship Please submit your completed application to the Nominating Agency in your home country.  Applications without an offer of place will be deemed ineligible.

It is important to note that applications sent directly to MFAT or Universities New Zealand will not be considered. The two strongest applications from each country will be forwarded to Universities New Zealand to be assessed against all other nominated New Zealand Commonwealth applications from across the Commonwealth.

Documentation required

When submitting your New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship application to your local Nominating Agency [PDF, 90 KB] you must attach the following official documentation:

1. One of the following:

  •  Verified copy of passport
  •  Verified copy of birth certificate
  •  Verified copy of other official government issued ID

2. Copy of Offer of Place from New Zealand institution

3. Verified copies of relevant academic transcripts

4. Verified copies of relevant completion certificates

5. Contact details of most recent employer and two most relevant other employers

6. A non-verified copy of an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) which will be verified by MFAT online using the TRF Verification Service OR An original copy of a TOEFL test result form.  Whichever is provided it must have been completed in the last 24 months.

Application form

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships application form [PDF, 711 KB]

Closing dates

The closing date for New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships is determined by each country’s Nominating Agency.

Please contact your local Nominating Agency [PDF, 90 KB]  for more information.