The New Zealand Development Scholarships are awarded annually by the New Zealand Government to students coming from developing countries to pursue postgraduate programs on arrears which will help in development of applicants home country. This scholarship covers financial support for tuition, living costs while in New Zealand and airfares for the duration of the study program. The deadline for scholarship application varies between 30th April and 1st June 2014.
New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) give candidates from selected developing countries an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through study in specific subject areas which will assist in the development of their home country. Awardees are required to return to their home country for at least two years after the completion of their scholarship to apply these new skills and knowledge in government, civil society or private business organizations.
In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants should meet the following requirements:
- Be a citizen of your country and have resided there for at least two years at the time of application (permanent residents are not eligible to apply). You must also reside in your country of citizenship during the application and selection process.
- You must have been working in your country for at least two years prior to application.
-Be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to your country’s public, private or civil society sector and to the development of your country in general.
- Agree in writing that you will return to your country for a minimum of two years following completion of your Scholarship in order to contribute to your country’s social or economic development.
- Be available to take up the Scholarship in the calendar year for which the Scholarship is offered.
- Satisfy the admission requirements of the New Zealand institution in which the degree programme is to be undertaken, including the institution’s English language criteria.
- Be able to satisfy Immigration New Zealand requirements for international student entry to New Zealand (i.e. medical checks, police clearances/character checks, etc).
- Not be seeking funding for a qualification already commenced in New Zealand or another country.
- Not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand, Australia (except for Pacific countries who also have New Zealand citizenship).
- Not hold or have held a New Zealand Government or Australian Government Scholarship in the preceding 24 months at the time of application
English language requirements
- A high standard of English is required. New Zealand tertiary education institutions set their own admission requirements for English language proficiency. All applicants should check the IELTS (International English Language Testing System, academic stream) or TOEFL (Testing of English as a Foreign Language) score required for admission to their selected New Zealand education institution.
- For postgraduate study, most New Zealand education institutions require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, for postgraduate level study. Some postgraduate qualifications, particularly education or PhD programmes, may require a higher score.
- Candidates who show particularly strong developmental relevance and applicability may be able to receive three months’ English language training in New Zealand prior to starting their main academic qualification. Candidates who are applying for postgraduate study and have an IELTS result of 6.0 overall, with no band less than 5.5, should still consider applying for a Scholarship.
Fields of study/research
The scholarship is offered for study related to Sustainable Economic Development with preference given to study in sectors of: Agriculture development and Geothermal development.
Applications for Doctorate study will only be considered where particularly strong development relevance and alignment to China’s priority training needs are demonstrated. The priority sector: Agricultural sciences, agricultural economics, agricultural trade, Veterinary science related to rural development, other applied sciences or technology related to rural development, Biosecurity, quarantine, sanitary and phytosanitary standards, plant and animal health, Food safety, food quality and food technology, Rural health services, environmental health, sanitation and waste management, Rural basic education, Community development, Environmental science, environmental studies, sustainable management of natural resources, Tourism management, eco-tourism and Small business development.
Mongolia and Nepal
Agriculture Development, Disaster Risk Management, Public Sector Management and Private Sector Development
Latin America and Caribbean
Scholarships will be offered at postgraduate level for study related to Sustainable Economic Development with preference given to study in sectors of: Agricultural development and Geothermal development.
Scholarships will be awarded for the following subjects: Private sector development including business administration, management, commerce, economics, international trade/business, food technology, engineering technology and tourism, Agriculture and rural development including agribusiness, fisheries, aquaculture, forestry science and management and development management, Education and training, Security and justice including security studies and customs, Environment including environmental studies, management and planning, and land/water management.
What the scholarship covers
This scholarship covers financial support for tuition, living costs while in New Zealand and airfares for the duration of the study program
How to apply
Applicants apply directly to one of the nine eligible New Zealand education institutions using their usual application process for international students. Include a cover letter with your request for admission which advises the institution that you also intend to apply for a New Zealand Scholarship. It is recommended that you apply before 30 April.
-Once you receive admission to a New Zealand institution, download the New Zealand Scholarships application form and complete all sections.
-Courier your completed Scholarship application form, letter of admission, and all other required documents to your nearest New Zealand Embassy by 1 August. Click here for more information on how to apply.
Scholarship application deadline
The deadline for scholarship application varies between 30th April and 1st June 2014. Please contact your institution for a specific application deadline