New Zealand Development Scholarships for 2016/2017 now open


New Zealand Government is offering scholarships for post-graduate students starting full-time postgraduate degree programmes in 2016. The New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) are targeted at candidates from select developing countries with the aim of providing an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in specific subject areas which will assist in the development of their home country. Eligible candidates are nationals of African Commonwealth countries, Africa – non-Commonwealth countries, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean Commonwealth countries and Caribbean non-Commonwealth countries.

Applicants must meet the following conditions to be eligible for a New Zealand Scholarship:

· Be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing your scholarship.
· Be a citizen of the country from which you are applying for a scholarship.
· Not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, European Union countries, United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, South Korea, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia.
· Have resided in your home country for at least two years immediately prior to commencing your scholarship.
· Have at least 2 years of work experience (part time or fulltime, paid or voluntary).
· Not be serving military personnel
· Be able to satisfy Immigration requirements for international student entry to New Zealand or the country in which you will undertake your scholarship (i.e. medical checks, police clearances/character checks, etc.)
· Be academically and linguistically able to obtain an Offer of Place for the proposed programme of study from the tertiary institute where you will undertake your scholarship.
· Not have been previously terminated from a New Zealand Government Scholarship.
· Seek a qualification that will contribute to the sustainable development of your home country
· Commit to return to your country for a minimum of 2 years at the end of your scholarship.

Scholarship Value/Cost:
The Scholarship will cater for full tuition fees, a living allowance (paid fortnightly), an establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance, travel between your home country and New Zealand at the start and end of your scholarship, home leave or reunion travel for some eligible scholars, pastoral and academic support at your institution, and assistance with research and thesis costs for most postgraduate research students.

Application Process:
· Apply for an Offer of Place (admission) at your preferred one of the ten eligible New Zealand education institutions using their usual application process for international students.
· Once you receive admission to a New Zealand institution, download the New Zealand Scholarships application form and complete all sections.
· Submit 2 copies of your completed application form, with all attachments and supporting documents (including an Offer of Place) by the deadline to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade via post.
Important note: applicants from China and Timor-Leste should submit their application to their respective New Zealand Embassy.

Application deadline: 15 April 2016

For more information please visit  Official site

For how to apply please visit


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