The New Zealand Aid Programme offers scholarships to people from Samoa 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

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship

Short Term Training Scholarship

Eligibility

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

Priority sectors

We want scholars who are interested in studying subjects that can improve the social and economic development of your country. We’ve chosen priority sectors that can help your country and that New Zealand has expertise in.

If you can show that your study is connected to any of these sectors, you are more likely to be selected.

These are the priority sectors:

Agriculture development

  • Agri-business management: agricultural economics, agricultural systems and management, rural development, logistics, supply chain and distribution management, value chain development, agriculture marketing, international agribusiness
  • Agriculture production: animal science, veterinary nursing, plant science, horticultural science, soil science  
  • Agriculture trade and technology: phytosanitary, bio-security, biotechnology, agricultural trade
  • Post-harvest: food production, food sciences/technology, post-harvest processing, food storage and packaging, food safety
  • Forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, agricultural pest management

Renewable energy

  • Solar, hydro-electric and wind energy, energy engineering, renewable energy distribution systems, energy sector management/reform, including energy economics and financials

Disaster risk management

  • Disaster response, emergency management
  • Hazard assessment and management, natural resource management, environmental management, geology, geotechnical engineering, water resource management
  • Climate change adaptation, land planning & development

Health

  • Allied health professions

Public sector management

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

Economic development and private sector development

  • Business/private sector management and leadership, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) development, entrepreneurship, marketing, accountancy, information technology
  • Economics/ applied economics, business finance, commerce
  • Tourism - Ecotourism, tourism management, tourism planning, tourism marketing
  • Forestry
  • Fisheries, aquaculture, post-harvest processing, food storage and packaging, food safety, bio-security, supply chains and distribution

Education

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

Environment and resource management

  • Environmental science, environmental studies, resource management, urban planning,
  • Water technology, marine conservation, forestry, renewable energy technology, land rehabilitation, waste management, climate change.

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).

Regional contact:

Development Programme Administrator
New Zealand High Commission
Beach Road
Apia, Samoa
Phone: +685 21 711 
Fax: +685 30765
Email: nzhcapia@samoa.ws