Information for 2015 intake.
This page has scholarship information specific to the Solomon Islands. It should be read with the general information in the scholarships section on the New Zealand Aid Programme website.
Twenty Four (24) scholarship awards will be offered to eligible candidates for full time study beginning in the 2015 academic year.
New Zealand Pacific Scholarships (NZPS) are mainly available to young high achieving school leavers and youth who have leadership potential and want to pursue undergraduate studies at a New Zealand Institution.
A limited number of the scholarships are available for mature aged (25+) in-service applicants who wish to study at postgraduate level (i.e. Postgraduate Diploma, Masters or Doctorates (PhD) in priority areas for the Solomon Islands. Study at PhD level will only be considered where particularly strong development relevance and alignment to the Solomon Island’s priority training needs are demonstrated. Candidates apply directly to the New Zealand High Commission, Honiara. See the list of eligible New Zealand education institutions in the scholarship section of this website.
Up to 10 scholarships will be offered to eligible candidates for study beginning in the 2015 academic year.
NZRDS are available to pre-service (public, private or civil society sector employee) applicants. NZRDS are awarded for full-time study in the Pacific region at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels (excluding PhDs). Candidates apply through the National Training Unit, Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development.
Short Term Training Awards (STTA) are eligible for targeted, short-term vocational and skills-based training in areas that will effectively contribute to the social and economic development of Solomon Islands. The awards are available for training in New Zealand for duration periods ranging from two (2) weeks to a maximum of one year. Individuals working in the private or civil society are encouraged to apply to undertake short courses or undergraduate Certificate or Diploma level technical training. STTA applicants must be employed and their employer must endorse their application. STTA are not available for part-time or academic tertiary study.
Solomon Islands candidates are eligible to apply for Commonwealth Scholarships for postgraduate study in New Zealand on a contestable basis with applicants from other developing Commonwealth countries.
Information can be obtained from the National Training Unit (the nominating agency to which an applicant applies) or from the Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowship Plan website (www.csfp-online.org/agencies.html#NewZealand).
In line with the Joint Commitment for Development signed between New Zealand and Solomon Islands, New Zealand Scholarships and training awards will be prioritize to the following sectors:
1. Engineering, Science (e.g. transportation, earth sciences, infrastructure)
2. Public Policy Planning and Administration
3. Business Management, Commerce, Economics, Finance and Accounting
4. Economic Development (e.g. Fisheries, Tourism, Forestry Management)
5. Human Development (e.g. Education)
Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic record, relevant of proposed course of study, and leadership potential. The selection process will also consider youth and gender balance.
Please see the guidance for applicants for general eligibility criteria. Depending on the country-specific training needs, applicants may be persons who are in the public sector, private sector or civil society workforce. In addition, applicants from the Solomon Islands must:
Details of the STTA/NZPS/NZRDS schemes are advertised in the media in April 2012 each year.
Applicants apply for NZRDS through the National Training Unit.
Expression of interest (EOI) forms for STTA, NZRDS and NZPS are available from::
National Training Unit
Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development
PO Box G28
Tel: (677) 24229
Fax: (677) 22377
Expression of interest (EOI) forms for STTA and NZPS are available from:
New Zealand High Commission Honiara
PO Box 697
Tel: (677) 21502
Or by following the link: http://www.nzembassy.com/solomon-islands.
It is important all applicants clearly state their choice of qualification and education institution or area of training in their application forms and provide all requested certified supporting documents.
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 application form.
Applications with incomplete supporting documentation will not be processed.