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

Applications open in early 2018 for tertiary study beginning early 2019. Read Application dates for more information.

Scholarships available

The following scholarship types are available. Follow the links below for more information about the particular scholarship type.

New Zealand Pacific Scholarship

New Zealand Regional Development Scholarship

Short Term Training Scholarship


Candidates must meet all the New Zealand Scholarships eligibility criteria as outlined on this website.

Priority sectors

Course of study should align to the following priority sectors:

Environment, infrastructure and climate change mitigation

  • Waste and sanitation management, water management and technology.
  • Environmental science, environmental studies, resource management. land rehabilitation, urban planning, marine conservation.
  • Climate change mitigation, renewable energy technology.

Examples of undergraduate qualifications in disaster risk management [PDF, 397 KB]  and renewable energy  [PDF, 389 KB]

Examples of postgraduate qualifications in disaster risk management [PDF, 421 KB]  and renewable energy [PDF, 392 KB]

Fisheries and maritime skills

  • Fisheries, aquaculture
  • Post-harvest processing, food storage and packaging, food safety, bio-security, supply chains and distribution
  • Maritime skills


  • Health, public health, health administration, rural health services


  • Rural basic education, early childhood, primary and secondary education, disability education
  • Education administration, education management and leadership, education planning and curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, education planning, education research, special education, teacher training and upskilling

Public sector management/governance

  • Public administration, public policy and management, public sector leadership and governance, human resource capacity development, information management/ICT
  • Public financial management, government budgeting, tax reform, public sector auditing, statistics, demography, political science, social policy

Private sector development

  • Business/private sector management and leadership, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) development, entrepreneurship, marketing, accountancy
  • Value chain development, , logistics & supply chain management, trade facilitation, economics/ applied economics, business finance, commerce, industrial relations
  • Tourism - Ecotourism, tourism management, tourism planning, tourism marketing

Renewable energy

  • Solar, hydro engineering and wind energy, renewable energy distribution systems

Read the What You Can Study page to see examples of qualifications for these subjects.

Selection Preferences

We are guided by both the Priority Sectors (above) and Selection Preferences when shortlisting candidates. 

Make sure you understand our Selection Preferences.

Contact us

We get many enquiries that can be answered by reading the extensive information on our website. For example, see Eligibility, How to Apply or frequently asked questions.

For questions which are not answered by the information on this website, submit an online enquiry here (external link).

New Zealand High Commission
PO Box 53
Bairiki, Tarawa
Tel: +686 21400