New Zealand Development Scholarships - Africa

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Overview

New Zealand Scholarships contribute to equitable economic growth and poverty reduction in your region. Through Scholarships for tertiary education and skills development, New Zealand contributes to a growing population of well-educated and highly-skilled people with the necessary abilities and qualifications to make a real and positive difference to their country and communities and who will generate and sustain economic growth for your country.

New Zealand Scholarships are offered in key priority subject areas where New Zealand offers expertise to your country. Scholarships provide an opportunity for people to obtain qualifications at participating New Zealand universities and technical institutions.

Closing Dates

  • New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) are available for postgraduate study in New Zealand. To apply, obtain an offer of place at an approved New Zealand tertiary institution (it is recommended that you apply by 30 April) and attach your completed Scholarship application from.

 Priority Subject Areas

Scholarships are offered in specific subject areas that are relevant to the development needs and employment opportunities of your country. Scholarships are available for the following subjects:

  • Sustainable economic development
  • Agricultural development supported by human resource development
  • Renewable Energy (including geothermal development)

Qualification Types and Duration

The following types of qualifications are available under New Zealand Development Scholarships:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
  • Masters (research and/or coursework) (1-2 years)

Scholarships Available

The Scholarship scheme available is:

Scholarship:

Number available:

For university study (postgraduate), apply for a NZDS

Up to 27 available annually

For Commonwealth countries, for information about New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships, please see The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan website.

How do I get started?

To apply for a New Zealand Scholarship follow the following steps:

1. Find out if a New Zealand Scholarship is right for you

2. Find out the subjects and qualifications you can study 

3. Find out about New Zealand's tertiary education sytem

4. Find an education institution that is right for you

5. Apply for a New Zealand Scholarship.

 

  1. Find out if a New Zealand Scholarship is right for you

Are you committed to the development of your country?

New Zealand Scholarships are offered to candidates who demonstrate a strong commitment to your country and who have the motivation and ability to contribute to your country's social and economic development after completing their Scholarship.

Candidates must also have strong academic or vocational skills and leadership experience or potential.

Studying in New Zealand will also give you the opportunity for personal growth and unique experiences, and will give you life-long linkages to New Zealand.

Short and long-term opportunities available

Scholarships can range from six months to two years in length.

Short duration Scholarships enable you to gain relevant skills without being out of the workforce for an extended period. Through a postgraduate certificate or diploma, you can undertake a qualification in a relatively short period of time which will be directly applicable in your workplace on your return home. Postgraduate qualifications enable you to come away with a qualification which will be the foundation for your career.

Are you eligible for a Scholarship?

Awards are open to candidates from government, civil society and private business organisations. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • 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.
  • For all other candidates, 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.

Preference will be given to the following applicants:

  • Who are strong academic performers, possess leadership potential and are under 40 years of age.
  • Proposed course options must be progressive of your first qualification (this means holders of bachelor degrees should apply for Masters or PhD and Masters graduates should apply for PhD study).

Do you meet the 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.

Find out more about New Zealand

Many people considering studying in New Zealand start by researching New Zealand institutions and checking out the qualifications that can assist in making a contribution to the development needs of your country.

The Study in New Zealand website has lots of links with good advice on what to do before you leave and how to hit the ground running once you land.

  2. Find out the subjects and qualifications you can study

Detailed study options in the priority subject areas are available on the Study in New Zealand website.

University prospectuses may also be obtained directly from tertiary institutions or your nearest New Zealand Embassy may have copies.

Some examples of postgraduate qualifications are shown in the information sheets at the bottom of the page. For information on single-year courses, click here.

  3. Find out about New Zealand’s tertiary education system

New Zealand’s Universities and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) are committed to maintaining well established international links and to meeting international standards of education. They undertake significant, ongoing research projects in order to boost their knowledge bases. There are eight government-funded universities and 18 ITPs, all of them internationally respected for their academic and research performance.

All of New Zealand’s tertiary institutions offer a broad range of subjects for undergraduate, masters and doctoral (PhD) degrees in commerce, science and the humanities. Each university has its own specialist subjects such as medicine, engineering, law, veterinary science, agriculture and environmental studies.

A number of universities have more than one campus, often located in different cities, and some have overseas programmes. Our universities also work closely with the business community, in New Zealand and overseas, to include students in leading-edge research and development.

For more information on the New Zealand’s tertiary education system, see:
http://nzqa.govt.nz/
http://www.universitiesnz.ac.nz/
http://www.nzitp.ac.nz/
 

  4. Find an education institution that is right for you

It is important to find a tertiary institution that will meet your personal as well as academic needs. Each institution specialises in different subjects. At some institutions, most students live on campus, and at others, most students live independently off-site. Some institutions are in New Zealand’s largest cities, and others are in smaller cities. Visit the websites of institutions you are interested in, or ask them to send you information about student life at their institution and in their city to help you decide.

New Zealand Institutions where you can study for NZDS:

New Zealand Development Scholarships are offered at:

Auckland University of Technology Email: Scholarships@aut.ac.nz

Lincoln University Email: scholarships@lincoln.ac.nz

Massey University Email: international@massey.ac.nz

Unitec Email: international@unitec.ac.nz

University of Auckland Email: int-questions@auckland.ac.nz

University of Canterbury Email: international@canterbury.ac.nz

University of Otago Email: international.admissions@otago.ac.nz

Victoria University of Wellington Email: VUW-NZAID@vuw.ac.nz

University of Waikato Email: int.centre@waikato.ac.nz


 5. Apply for a New Zealand Scholarship

What do our Scholarships offer?

New Zealand has world class education institutions that offer internationally recognised qualifications. Successful applicants will have access to excellent academic knowledge, quality facilities and enjoy a learning environment that celebrates diversity, new thinking and multi-cultural perspectives. New Zealand Scholarships cover:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Travel costs
  • An establishment and living allowance
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Pastoral and academic support

Some scholars may also be eligible for:

  • Home located research grant, home leave, and compassionate travel
  • Introductory programmes prior to starting formal academic study
  • A contribution towards research and thesis costs
  • Additional tutorial assistance if required
  • A work visa and access to employment 
  • New Zealand primary and secondary education for dependents.

Support is provided for the awardee only and is not sufficient to cover costs associated with supporting any dependents of the awardee. However dependents may live in New Zealand with the awardee if you have extra funds available to support them, and if the dependents meet the requirements of Immigration New Zealand, including evidence of funds. The partners of students are eligible for a work visa that allows them to live and work in New Zealand for the duration of their partner’s study

Refer to the Visa information for partners and dependent children of New Zealand Aid Programme scholarship students information sheet.

Terms and Conditions

All applicants who are offered a New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarship will be required to sign a contract with the New Zealand Government declaring they will comply with the terms and conditions of the Scholarship. The terms and conditions include:

  • All awardees (and any family members) are required to return to their home country for a minimum period of two years following completion of their Scholarship in order to contribute to their country’s economic and social development.
  • If an awardee and any family members do not return to their home country after their study they will be personally liable for repayment of the full amount of their Scholarship.
  • To make every effort to achieve satisfactory academic progress in your studies in accordance with the continuation criteria set by MFAT and the Education Institution.
  • To only provide information in your application that is true, complete and correct.
  • That you are not aware of any medical, personal or other circumstances (e.g. disability, illness, family or financial matters), which might prevent you from completing your study within the scholarship term.

What is the application process? 

For New Zealand Development Scholarships:

  1. Apply for admission to one of the nine eligible New Zealand education institutions using their usual application process for international students. Attach your completed New Zealand Scholarships application form . It is recommended that you apply before 30 April.
  2. Should you be successful in gaining admission, the New Zealand institution will forward your Scholarship application to the Scholarships Team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  3. Alternatively if you have already received an offer of place from a New Zealand institution, please complete the New Zealand Scholarships application form . Then courier your completed Scholarship application form, letter of admission and all other required documents to your nearest New Zealand High Commission or Embassy or to the Scholarships Team, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Private Bag 18-901, Wellington 5045, New Zealand by 1 August.

For Commonwealth Scholarships:

  1. Apply for admission to one of the eight participating New Zealand institutions between 1 January and 30 April, 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. Information about eligible institutions is available here.
  2. Download the New Zealand Scholarships application form and complete all sections.
  3. Gather all documents requested on the application form.
  4. Once you receive admission to a New Zealand institution, send your completed Scholarship application form, letter of admission, and all other required documents to the national agency in your home country

Shortlisting and awarding process:

1. After the closing date, all complete applications for Scholarships will be assessed taking into account the following criteria:

  • Development priorities: Alignment of the course with the priority sectors
  • Work Experience: Work experience in the chosen field of study, for those employed
  • Gender Equity: Women are encouraged to apply and the aim is to ensure that there are approximately equal numbers of women and men in each category (diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD)
  • High academic results
  • Leadership potential

2. Applicants will be advised as to whether they have been shortlisted or whether their application was unsuccessful.

3. Shortlisted Scholarship applicants will be advised whether they will be required to attend an interview and undertake English language tests. Please ensure that you respond to any requests for additional information in a timely manner to ensure your application can be considered for a Scholarship.

4. Shortlisted candidates will be advised whether or not they have been awarded a scholarship.  Letters of Offer for in-service applicants are typically issued in October and November each year.

Contacts

For further information please email:
 
scholarships@mfat.govt.nz.

 

 

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