New Zealand Scholarships - Vanuatu


New Zealand Scholarships contribute to equitable economic growth and poverty reduction in your country. 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 that are jointly agreed with the Government of your country. Scholarships provide an opportunity for people to obtain qualifications at participating New Zealand universities and technical institutions.

Closing Dates

  • New Zealand Pacific Scholarships (NZPS) are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate study in New Zealand. NZPS applications are due by 31 May of each year (please note there is a pre-applicaition process).

  • New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships (NZRDS) are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate study at a Pacific based tertiary institution. NZRDS applications are due by 31 May of each year (please note there is a pre-application process).

  • Short Term Training Awards (STTA) are available for vocational and skills-based training in New Zealand for a period of less than one year. STTA applications can be made at any time of the year. 

 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:

  • Economic development including economics, marketing, management, money and finance, resource management, engineering, planning, agriculture, forestry and environmental studies
  • Education including education administration, curriculum development, teacher education, assessment and evaluation
  • Governance including public policy and administration, financial management, economics, auditing, monitoring and evaluation, social policy, social work and community development.

Qualification Types and Duration

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

  • Diploma (1-2 years)
  • Bachelor (3-4 years)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
  • Masters (research and/or coursework) (1-2 years)
  • Doctoral (PhD) (3.5-4 years)

The following types of training are available under STTA:

  • Certificates (up to 1 year)
  • Diplomas (up to 1 year)
  • Work placements

Scholarships Available

The three Scholarship schemes available are:


Number available:

For university study (undergraduate and postgraduate), apply for a NZPS

Up to 18 available annually (12 undergraduate and 6 postgraduate)


For university study (undergraduate and postgraduate), apply for a NZRDS

Up to 24 available annually

For shorter term workplace or vocational training apply for a STTA

Up to 22 available annually

For information about New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships, please contact the Training and Scholarships Coordination Unit (TSCU), Ministry of Educationand for further information, 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 one month to four years in length.

Short duration Scholarships enable you to gain relevant skills without being out of the workforce for an extended period. Through the STTA, you can undertake an internship in a private or public sector organisation, complete a Certificate or carry out Professionals to complete an existing qualification.

Undergraduate or 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, private business organisations and qualified secondary school leavers. 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 those applying directly from Secondary school, have completed their senior schooling in your country.
  • For those currently enrolled in the first year of study at any national learning institution in a course in line with the priority subject areas, applicants must obtain a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.60.
  • 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.
  • Be aged 17 or over before the Scholarship start date.
  • 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.
  • For undergraduate study, most New Zealand education institutions require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, with no band less than 5.5. Some qualifications, particularly health or education qualifications, 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 undergraduate study and have an IELTS result  of 5.5 overall with no band less than 5.0, and candidates who are applying for postgraduate study and have an IELTS result of 6.0 overall, with no band less than 5.5, should therefore 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 the New Zealand High Commission 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:

  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 NZPS:

New Zealand Pacific Scholarships are offered at:

Auckland University of Technology Email:

Lincoln University Email:

Manukau Institute of Technology (undergraduate study only) Email:

Massey University Email:

Unitec Email:

University of Auckland Email:

University of Canterbury Email:

University of Otago Email:

Victoria University of Wellington Email:

University of Waikato Email:


Regional Institutions where you can study for NZRDS:

New Zealand Regional Scholarships are offered at: 

University of South Pacific


New Zealand Institutions where you can study for STTA:

For more information on STTA Scholarships, contact Skills New Zealand.

 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 Pacific Scholarships – school leavers and in-service candidates

  1. Applicants will need to obtain an Expression of Interest form (EOI) from the Vanuatu Training and Scholarships Coordination Unit in Port Vila by 31 May.
  2. Based on their EOI form, candidates will be assessed for eligibility and successful candidates will then be asked to submit an application for the relevant scholarship.

For New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships:

  1. Applicants will need to obtain an Expression of Interest form (EOI) from the Vanuatu Training and Scholarships Coordination Unit in Port Vila by 31 May.
  2. Based on their EOI form, candidates will be assessed for eligibility and successful candidates will then be asked to submit an application for the relevant scholarship.

For Short Term Training Awards:

  1. Download the New Zealand STTA applicaton form and complete all sections.
  2. Gather all documents requested on the application form.
  3. Send your completed application form and documents to the New Zealand High Commission [address below] at any time of the year.

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 Training and Scholarships Coordination Unit Senior Scholarships Officer, Ministry of Education, Private Mailbag 9059, Port Vila, Vanuatu Tel: +678 23708 Fax: +678 25936

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.


For further information and an EOI form, please contact:

Scholarships Officer
New Zealand High Commission
Port Vila

Tel: + 678 22933
Fax: + 678 22518


Training and Scholarships Coordination Unit
Private Mail Bag 9059
Port Vila

Tel: +678 23708
Fax: +678 25936



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