New Zealand Development Scholarships for Postgraduate Study

Title: New Zealand Development Scholarships for Postgraduate Study
Organisation: New Zealand Government
Application deadline: 2 December 2013
Website/full details: New Zealand Development Scholarships for Postgraduate Study

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 short term postgraduate studies (Postgraduate Certificates, Diplomas or Masters Degrees) of up to one year, commencing in Semester Two, July 2014, at Universities in New Zealand. 

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. 

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

  • Agriculture development and 
  • Renewable energy 

Application forms are available from the New Zealand High Commission (contact details are below). Please complete two (2) New Zealand Development Scholarship 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 to the New Zealand education institution of the applicant’s choice by 2 December 2013

Any queries should be referred to the New Zealand Aid Programme Manager: 
New Zealand High Commission 
Private Bag X27 
Brooklyn Square 
Pretoria, 0075 
South Africa 

Applications received by each New Zealand education institution by 2 December 2013 will be assessed based on the selection and eligibility criteria. The education institutions will forward complete eligible scholarship applications to the New Zealand High Commission in Pretoria for final assessment. All candidates will be informed of the outcome of their scholarship application by March 2014. Short listed candidates may be required to undergo a telephone interview. If offered a New Zealand Development Scholarship, travel to New Zealand is subject to a visa being issued by Immigration New Zealand.