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


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 and renewable energy distribution systems,
  • Market reform and sector management, including energy economics and energy efficiency
  • Public policy, administration, finance, or governance in the above areas

Disaster risk management

  • Reducing risk: hazard and vulnerability assessment, risk management, natural resource management, geology, geotechnical engineering, water resource management
  • Readiness: disaster preparedness at national level or community level including public education
  • Response: disaster response and emergency management
  • Recovery: economic and social recovery from disasters
  • Climate change adaptation: including planning for infrastructure, land use and water use


  • 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


  • 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, and 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. Including:

  • Under the ‘private sector development’ area, preference will be given to applicants interested in developing particular capabilities rather than generalist management and business administration

How to Apply

Samoa (Open Category)

The application process for a New Zealand Pacific Scholarship or New Zealand Regional Development Scholarship for Samoa (open category) applicants is different to other New Zealand Scholarships.

Applicants for the Open Category must complete an Expression of Interest application form.

Samoa’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (SMFAT) – Bilateral and Training Division will be advertising the Open Category scholarships for Samoa.  All potential applicants must follow process as per advertisement. Any enquiries must be made to SMFAT on telephone: 21171 or Level 3 Government Building, Eleele Fou, Apia.

The Expression of Interest forms will be assessed and then individuals will be invited to submit a full application form through the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade application portal.  Information will be provided to those individuals on how to apply at that time.

Samoa (Foundation Year Category)

The application process for a New Zealand Pacific Scholarship or New Zealand Regional Development Scholarship for Samoa (Foundation Year Category) applicants is the same as other countries.  Applications are online only.  See the How to Apply page for details.

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