The New Zealand Aid Programme offers scholarships to people from Timor-Leste 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 Development Scholarship

For Timor-Leste, under the NZDS scheme, we offer both undergraduate and postgraduate study for all priority sectors except education. For the education priority sector we offer only postgraduate study.

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 their country. We have 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:

Private sector development (business and commerce)

  • Business/private sector management and leadership, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) development, entrepreneurship, marketing, accountancy
  • Trade facilitation, economics/applied economics, business finance, commerce, industrial relations
  • Tourism, including ecotourism, tourism management, tourism planning, tourism marketing


  • Computer systems engineering, programming, computer science, computer studies, software development, software engineering
  • Electronic engineering
  • Financial management information systems

Agriculture development (including fisheries and forestry)

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

Public sector management

  • Economic policy: public financial management, government budgeting, tax reform, public sector auditing, statistics, demography
  • Education: policy, sector management and reform
  • Public sector leadership: public administration, public policy and management, public sector leadership and governance, human resource capacity development, information management
  • International trade and business, trade facilitation, trade policy
  • Criminology, psychology, forensics, conflict resolution

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

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


For study in areas related to Education we offer postgraduate study only, under New Zealand Development Scholarships

  • 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.
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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

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).

STTS Enquiries Only

Development Programme Coordinator New Zealand  Embassy 19 Rua Ermera,

Dili, Timor-Leste

Phone: +670 331 0087

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