The New Zealand Aid Programme offers scholarships to people from Vanuatu 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

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship


Candidates must meet all the New Zealand Scholarships eligibility criteria. Note: there are differing criteria for different scholarships.

Read the full eligibility criteria

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, livestock/animal husbandry, veterinary nursing (para-vet training), plant science, forestry, horticultural science, soil science, fisheries
  • 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

Environment/resource management

  • Rural water supply engineering (civil or natural resources)
  • Hydrogeology / Groundwater Engineering
  • Environmental science, environmental studies, resource management
  • Water technology, water and waste management, land rehabilitation, urban planning
  • Marine conservation, forestry, renewable energy technology, climate change

Education and community development

  • Education administration, education management and leadership, education planning and curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, education planning, education research, special education, teacher training
  • Social policy, social work and community development

Public sector management and governance

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

Private sector development

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

Engineering and infrastructure

  • Civil and environmental engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, transportation, geo-technical engineering, engineering technology
  • Public utilities, water management, waste and sanitation management, urban planning

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


  • Post-Graduate studies in: Biomedical Engineering, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, Ophthalmology, Dental Surgery, Radiology or Mental health

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
  • Prospective health scholars should note that many post graduate health courses in New Zealand have additional professional registration and employment requirements which must be met in addition to general eligibility to study in New Zealand. Where scholars do not already meet all of these requirements MFAT is unable to support those courses or any bridging arrangements

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:

Scholarships Officer
New Zealand High Commission
Port Vila