This page contains information specific to candidates from the following countries:
Argentina | Bolivia | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Costa Rica | Cuba | Ecuador | El Salvador | Guatemala | Honduras | Mexico | Nicaragua | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Uruguay | Venezuela
Applications for 2015 awards are now open
Applications for the New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) to study in New Zealand in 2015 are now open.
All completed applications with supporting certified documents are due by 1 August 2014.
Before submitting your scholarship application, you must obtain an offer of place at an approved New Zealand tertiary institution. We recommend applying to your preferred New Zealand tertiary institution by 30 April 2014.
See below for further information on the application process, approved New Zealand tertiary institutions, and to download a copy of the scholarship application form.
This page should be read with the general information available in the New Zealand Development Scholarships
Types of scholarships
New Zealand Development Scholarships
New Zealand Development Scholarships are available to citizens of the Latin American countries listed above.
The scholarships are offered for full-time, postgraduate study at the Postgraduate Diploma, Masters or Doctorate (PhD) levels. Study at PhD level will only be considered where particularly strong development relevance is demonstrated.
New Zealand will offer scholarships with as equitable a spread as possible across all eligible countries, for study beginning in 2015.
Scholarships are for study at one of the nine eligible New Zealand education institutions.
Scholarships will be offered at postgraduate level for study related to Sustainable Economic Development with preference given to study in sectors of:
- Agricultural development
- Renewable Energy (including Geothermal development)
Information about courses available at selected New Zealand education institutes is provided :
All students will need to satisfy Immigration New Zealand requirements, which include police clearance/character checks and medical checks.
Applicants must also meet the general eligibility criteria as outlined in the New Zealand Development Scholarships page.
Applicants must meet the following NZDS eligibility criteria before their application will be considered against the selection criteria:
To be eligible to be considered for a NZDS, applicants must:
- be a citizen of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela (i.e. permanent residents are not eligible to apply);
- not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand or Australia or another developed country1;
- not be married or engaged to be married to a person who holds, or who is eligible to hold, citizenship or permanent residence of New Zealand, Australia or another developed country;
- be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for one already commenced in New Zealand or another country2;
- satisfy the admission requirements of the New Zealand education institution at which the qualification is to be undertaken, including English language criteria;
- be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the public or private or community sector (as relevant), and to their home country’s development in general; and
- be able to take up the scholarship in the academic year for which it is offered.
It is preferred that applicants:
- be residing in their country of citizenship, preferably for at least two years prior to application;
- be 40 years or under before the scholarship start date;
- not have completed, or nearly completed, a qualification at a similar level (i.e. applicants must apply for a higher level qualification than any previously attained), unless strong developmental relevance is demonstrated; and
- have been working in their home country, preferably for at least two years prior to application, including since completing their highest tertiary qualification gained to date.
- be studying full-time at post-secondary level at the time of application;
- be transferring from another tertiary scholarship (either in New Zealand or in another country) to a NZDS;
- hold, or have held, a New Zealand Government or Australian Government scholarship in the 24 months preceding the scholarship start date; or
- have been terminated from a New Zealand or Australian Government scholarship previously.
1 - A developed country is defined as a country not included on the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee’s list of aid recipients.
2 - Students will not be funded to continue a qualification they have commenced outside their home country. The funding of qualifications being studied in the home country by self-sponsored, part-time students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
New Zealand tertiary education institutions set their own admission requirements for English language proficiency. As a guide, 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 may require a higher score. All applicants should check the IELTS or TOEFL score required for admission to their selected New Zealand education institution.
It is mandatory for candidates to provide the original copy of their IELTS or TOEFL exam result as a pre-condition of placement. Results must be no older than 24 months at the time of the scholarship start date.
Making an application
Candidates should apply directly to a New Zealand education institution and direct all questions about the New Zealand Development Scholarships to that institution.
In order for the application to be considered, applicants from all countries must:
- complete one original NZDS application form (available from the relevant New Zealand Embassy or New Zealand education institutions).
- indicate the level and field of study required, and the preferred education institution;
- attach to the application form an original or certified copy of the documents necessary to substantiate educational qualifications (i.e. full academic transcript and completion certificate), and an official translation of each document in English;
- attach to the application form three references (no more than 24 months old) on official letterhead, supporting the application to study in New Zealand under a NZDS. One reference should be from a current employer and one from a former academic supervisor or lecturer;
- ensure the relevant section of the application form has been signed and stamped by the employer;
- ensure all other relevant supporting documents have been included, including the original and current IELTS or TOEFL exam result;
- forward the completed original application form and all relevant supporting documentation, plus one photocopy of the completed application form and all supporting documents, to the New Zealand Embassy or New Zealand education institution as noted above.
It is important that the applicant’s choice of education institution is indicated clearly and all requested attachments are included. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
All applications must be completed in English, with certified true copies of official English translations (where the original document is not in English) attached to the NZDS application form.
In addition to the eligibility criteria above, candidates’ applications will be considered against the following selection criteria:
- the proposed study programme links to an identified priority sustainable economic development sector for their home country e.g. agriculture, geothermal energy;
- the applicant clearly demonstrates the developmental relevance and applicability of their proposed study programme to the human resource development training needs of their country;
- the applicant has a strong academic background. Applicants for postgraduate study must hold a recognised Bachelors degree of good standard.
- consideration of gender equity, including efforts to ensure the scholarships are offered equitably between male and female candidates;
- the applicant clearly demonstrates their links and commitment to their home country (e.g. services to their community, ability to influence change in a key development sector etc), supported by references.
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