The New Zealand Aid Programme offers several different types of scholarship. Most are for full-time tertiary study in New Zealand. Other scholarship types are for study in a Pacific Island Country university or for shorter-term training vocational or English language training.

Scholarship Types Overview

There are four types of scholarships for full-time tertiary level study in New Zealand: 

 

In addition to this, there is one scholarship type for full-time tertiary level study at a Pacific Island University:

Two other scholarship types are also available for shorter term training:

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 Schoar Awards (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. These scholarships are offered for postgraduate level study only.

NZAS 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.

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.

NZ Commonwealth Scholarships 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).

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. Read the Commonwealth section of the How to Apply page carefully before you submit an application.

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

Applicants from the following Pacific and ASEAN countries are currently eligible for consideration for STTS:

Region

Eligible   countries

Pacific   countries

Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Pacific Territories (Wallis and Futuna, New Caledonia and   French Polynesia),  Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New GuineaSamoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-LesteTokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

ASEAN   countries

Cambodia,   Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Viet Nam

Qualification types

Short Term Training Scholarships for Pacific countries 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)

STTS for ASEAN countries are available for short courses in the following areas:

  • Renewable energy
  • Agriculture
  • Public-sector leadership
  • Disaster risk management

How to apply

STTS for Pacific countries are available throughout the year.

STTS for ASEAN countries are available through annual calls for nominations by the New Zealand Embassy or New Zealand High Commission in eligible ASEAN countries.

Please contact your relevant New Zealand Embassy or New Zealand High Commission for more information.

English Language Training for Officials (ELTO)

About

The English Language Training for Officials (ELTO) programme is funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. ELTO delivers development gains through increasing the English language capacity of government officials in Asia and Africa.

For more information see: Accent website (external link) information about ELTO.

ELTO in Asia

Since 1991 ELTO has been available for officials from the governments of Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam. Through the programme, officials come to New Zealand for up to five months to study English and build ongoing links to New Zealand. Currently ELTO Asia includes three intakes annually for a total of 160 government officials per year. The ELTO Asia programme focuses on themes of agriculture and trade, strengthening resilience, renewable energy, education, and good governance. As of 1 February 2017, 1,375 officials have participated.

ELTO in Africa

ELTO Africa is available for 32 officials per year from 26 countries and has been operating since 2013. As with ELTO Asia, the officials come to New Zealand to study English and build ongoing links to New Zealand. The course also aims to develop the leadership skills of African officials to improve public- and private-sector governance. Currently ELTO Africa includes two intakes of a 10-week course per annum. To date, 105 African officials have participated in the programme.

Eligible countries

Region

Eligible countries

Asia

Cambodia,   Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam

Africa

Algeria,   Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros,   Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti,   Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius,   Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles,   Togo, and Tunisia

Selection preferences for ELTO candidates

Generally, ELTO candidates must:

  • be aged between 25 and 45 years
  • have a score of between 4.5 to 5.5 on the academic module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • have a direct connection with the intake theme, preferably in a technical and policy role
  • need to use English frequently for work.

How to apply

ELTO is available for government officials from the eligible countries through annual calls for nominations by the New Zealand Embassy or the New Zealand High Commission in their respective countries.

Please contact your relevant New Zealand Embassy or New Zealand High Commission for more information.