New Zealand Development Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in New Zealand

Organisation: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Location: New Zealand
Application deadline: various
Website: New Zealand Development Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in New Zealand

Description: Applications are invited from nationals of Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe to undertake full-time postgraduate studies (for Postgraduate Certificates, Diplomas or Masters Degrees) at Universities in New Zealand commencing in early 2014. The New Zealand Government provides New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) through the New Zealand Aid Programme within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The scholarships are available to eligible African applicants and will cover air travel, full tuition fees, an establishment allowance, and a living allowance to cover day to day costs in New Zealand. Applicants may also be entitled to return travel to their home country to see dependant family members under the Reunion Airfare Entitlement. 

The NZDS scheme aims to strengthen sustainable economic development in Africa by contributing to human resource development particularly: 

  • agriculture development and 
  • geothermal development 

Application forms are available from participating New Zealand tertiary education institutions (contact details are found on the web address below). Please complete two (2) application forms and attach copies of current curriculum vitae, notarised/certified copies of university certificates, transcripts and three (3) reference letters, two (2) from academic referees and one work related, together with each application. All application forms must be completed in English and failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification. All supporting documents must be translated into English by an accredited translator. A 500 word statement summary in English of reasons for wishing to undertake postgraduate training in New Zealand and how the postgraduate training being sought will benefit your country must also be provided. 

Applications are to be submitted on the New Scholarship Application Form to the New Zealand education institution of the applicant’s choice by the institution’s published application close-off date. Please see for the education institution’s contact details and related cut-off dates. 

Further details can be found at