Please note that the application round for the 2014 intake has now closed. This information is general information on scholarships offered to Timor Leste. Information for the 2015 intake will be made public from March 2014.
Purpose of New Zealand Development Scholarships
New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme. The purpose of the scholarships is for candidates to gain knowledge and skills that will assist in the development of their home country, through study in specific subject areas at tertiary education institutions in New Zealand. The scheme seeks to strengthen the human resource base in Timor-Leste by supporting identified priority areas of training.
Number and Level of Scholarships
Under New Zealand’s official development assistance to Timor-Leste, up to fifteen New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) will be offered to eligible Timor-Leste citizens for full-time study in New Zealand.
NZDS scholarships are available for undergraduate level study (i.e. Bachelor’s degrees) and postgraduate level study, i.e. Postgraduate Diplomas, Master’s degrees, and Doctorates (PhD). Successful awardees may be required to undertake English language training and/or an academic preparatory programme (e.g. Foundation Studies) before commencing their main qualification. Eligible applicants may be currently completing their final year of senior secondary studies or be employed in the public, private or civil society (including non-government organisations) sectors.
New Zealand Development Scholarships will be awarded in to meet Timor-Leste’s human resource development needs and training priorities, in line with the Government of Timor-Leste’s priority areas for external scholarships.
- Private Sector Development
- Agriculture and Rural Development
- Education and Training
- Security and Justice
Applicants must meet the following criteria before their application will be considered by a selection committee.
- be East Timorese nationals, and have lived in Timor-Leste for at least five years;
- be usually and currently resident in Timor-Leste (having resided for a minimum of 5 cumulative years in Timor Leste since 1999);
- not have permanent residence status for New Zealand or another developed country
- be a minimum of 17 years of age at the time of commencement of scholarship in New Zealand;
- not be married or engaged to or be a de facto of a person who holds or is eligible to hold, New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency at any of the application, selection or mobilisation phases or while on scholarship in New Zealand.
- be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for a qualification already in progress;
- be applying for a higher level qualification than any previously attained, unless strong developmental relevance is demonstrated;
- have been working in Timor-Leste since completing their highest tertiary qualification gained to date, preferably for at least two years prior to application;
- be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the relevant sector in Timor-Leste, and to your country’s development in general;
- have a minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.0 (undergraduate study) or 5.5 (postgraduate study) to be considered for shortlisting;
- for public servants, have their scholarship application endorsed by the sponsoring organisation (e.g. Ministry, Statutory Body, Agency),
- be able to take up the scholarship in the year in which it is offered.
- be studying full-time at post-secondary level;
- 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; or
- be a serving member of the armed forces at the time they hold a NZDS.
Applicants are expected to continue residing in Timor-Leste during the NZDS application and selection process. If offered a NZDS, candidates must:
- be able to satisfy Immigration New Zealand requirements for international student entry to New Zealand (i.e. medical checks and police clearance/character checks, etc);
- not hold another scholarship during the period of the NZDS; and
- agree in writing that they will return to Timor-Leste for a minimum period of two years following completion of their scholarship in order to contribute to their country’s social or economic development.
- Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as the New Zealand Government attempts to ensure gender equity among scholarship holders.
English language requirements
New Zealand tertiary education institutions set their own admission requirements for English language proficiency. All applicants should check the IELTS or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score required for admission to their selected New Zealand education institution. As a guide, most New Zealand education institutions require:
- a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, with no band less than 6.0, for undergraduate level study; and
- a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, for postgraduate level study.
Some postgraduate qualifications require a higher score, especially in education and health sciences.
Successful applicants who do not meet their education institution’s English language proficiency criteria will be required to undertake English language training and/or a preparatory academic course before commencing their academic study programme in New Zealand. Students must meet their education institution’s English language proficiency criteria before they can continue their scholarships for their formal academic program.
NZDS Application Process
Potential applicants should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Application information will be made public on this webpage from March 2014.
In addition to the eligibility criteria above, candidates’ applications will be considered against the following selection criteria:
- A strong academic background. For postgraduate study, applicants must hold a recognised Bachelors degree of strong academic merit, relevant to the proposed postgraduate qualification;
- English language ability;
- Contribution of the proposed study programme to the social and/or economic development of Timor-Leste
- Plans for employment following the conclusion of the scholarship, and the contribution of the proposed study programme to these plans;
- Ability to adapt to culture and study conditions in New Zealand
- Consideration of gender equity, including efforts to ensure the scholarships are offered equitably between male and female candidates;
- Demonstration of links and commitment to Timor-Leste (e.g. services to their community, ability to influence change in a key development sector etc)
- Consideration of other factors which will contribute to the success of their studies (e.g. good character, positive study attitude and motivation to succeed).