Our scholarships are offered for subjects in priority sectors that are relevant to the development needs of your country. This is so you can contribute to making a real and positive difference to your country when you return home at the end of your scholarship.

Do some research to decide what you should study

  • Read the information on your country page for the priority sectors for your country.
  • Read the information in Types of Scholarships to decide which level of qualifications are available for you.
  • For some countries, only postgraduate scholarships are available, and for other countries both undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships are available.

Priority sectors

Priority sectors are areas that can improve the development of your country. They are typically areas where your country has gaps or weaknesses in knowledge and training. Focus on these areas will support resilience and growth. We strengthen priority sectors by supporting scholars through funding, training, and alumni relations.

Priority sectors are also fields that New Zealand has expertise in. For example, we are known for our innovation and expertise in areas such as agriculture, renewable energy, disaster risk management, public sector management, and innovative business.

We determine the priority sectors based on our aid programme’s 12 investment priorities. Read about the Aid Programme's Investment Priorities.

Priority sectors listed for individual countries include:

  • Agricultural development - flagship priority
  • Renewable energy - flagship priority
  • Disaster risk management
  • Public-sector management
  • Private-sector development
  • Health
  • Education
  • Fisheries
  • Engineering and Infrastructure (including Construction)

In the Pacific, priority sectors may come from any of the 12 investment priorities. But we focus our support in areas that are aligned to each country’s development priorities.

Beyond the Pacific we aim to target the priority sectors within four of the 12 investment priorities: agriculture, renewable energy, education, and resilience (disaster risk management).

Each country and region has its own set of priority sectors that we can help with. Check your country page for priority sectors.

Go to list of eligible countries and regions for your country page.

Examples of qualifications/courses

Below are some examples of qualifications in the various priority sectors that may be relevant to you.

These lists are intended to give New Zealand Scholarship applicants a sense of the range of courses that could align with a priority sector that you are interested in. These are not comprehensive lists of courses we fund, but are indicative of some of the qualifications you may wish to explore. Please check institution websites for their full range of courses and up-to-date information. 

You must do your own research on what could be the best programmes of study for you and your country's development needs.

Find a course

Search the Study in New Zealand website (external link).

Check institutions' websites

Find out more about qualifications on the websites of New Zealand institutions, listed on Where you can study. Institution websites will have the most up to date information on courses.

You will also want to research which institution is right for you.