New Zealand Scholarships - Latin America

The New Zealand Aid Programme offers scholarships to people from developing countries who are motivated to make a difference at home.

Eligible countries in Latin America are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica,  Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela.

For more information about the scholarships programme click here.

Scholarship types and closing dates

Scholarship Type: New Zealand Development Scholarship

Application deadline: 5.00pm 31 July

Postal address:
ATTN: Scholarships
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Private Bag 18-901
Wellington 6160
New Zealand

Courier address:
ATTN: Scholarships
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
195 Lambton Quay
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions click here.

Qualification types

New Zealand Development Scholarships are available for the following qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
  • Masters Degree (1 – 2 years)

English Language Training

As part of your New Zealand Development Scholarship, short term English language training (New Zealand based) may also be offered to enable candidates to meet English language proficiency conditions. Details will be provided to successful applicants. 


Candidates must meet all the scholarship eligibility criteria including:

  • 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 and have resided in that country for at least the last two years.
  • Agree to return to your home country for a minimum of two years on completion of the scholarship.

For full eligibility details check the eligibility criteria page


Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate strong academic ability, leadership qualities, and a commitment to the development of their home country.

Preference is also given to candidates who are 39 years of age or younger at the time of commencing their scholarship.

Preference will be given to candidates who apply to study in academic disciplines relating to one or more of the following:

Agriculture Development

  • Agri-business management, agricultural economics, agricultural systems and management, rural development, domestic supply chains and distribution, Natural Resource and Environmental Management
  • Biology, vegetable production, livestock/animal husbandry, crop management, sericulture (silk production), forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, agricultural pest management
  • Phytosanitary, bio-security, biotechnology, agricultural trade, 
  • Food production, food sciences/technology, post-harvest processing, food storage and packaging, food safety
  • For information about some qualification options click here

Renewable Energy

  • Geothermal, solar, hydro engineering and wind energy, renewable energy distribution systems
  • For information about some qualification options click here

How to apply

  1. Check if you’re eligible. 
  2. If yes, decide the type of institution and qualification that is right for you. For more information about studying in New Zealand visit 
  3. Apply for an Offer of Place (admission) at your preferred New Zealand institution. For most courses you will be able to apply online.  
  4. Once you have a confirmed Offer of Place, download and complete all sections of the New Zealand Scholarship application form
  5. Attach an up to date Curriculum Vitae 
  6. Attach your IELTS or TOEFL certificate, if required (for more information or if you do not have a current IELTS or TOEFL certificate, please refer to FAQs
  7. Write and attach your two 500 word essays (as per the requirements detailed on the application form) and, for masters research candidates, your research proposal. 
  8. Obtain three references (as per the requirements detailed on the application form) 
  9. Obtain certified copies of all required supporting documentation (as per the requirements detailed on the application form) 
  10. Submit 2 copies of your completed application form, with all attachments and supporting documents (including an Offer of Place) by the deadline specified for the scholarship type you selected and send to the address noted at the top of this page to arrive by the deadline.