New Zealand Development Scholarships

New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) give candidates from selected developing countries an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through study in specific subject areas which will assist in the development of their home country. Awardees are required to return to their home country for at least two years after the completion of their scholarship to apply these new skills and knowledge in government, civil society or private business organisations.

NZDS are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government’s overseas aid and development programme. They are managed by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

NZDS are for postgraduate study in New Zealand and are availalbe to candidates from specific Latin American and African countries, some Chinese provinces, and from Nepal, Timor-Leste and Mongolia. NZDS are also available for undergraduate study to candidates from Timor Leste.

Countries Eligible for New Zealand Development Scholarships

Applications for NZDS are welcome from the following countries. For information specific to your country, including priority sectors, application process and timelines, follow the links below to your country’s scholarship information page.


Algeria  I  Angola Botswana  I  Cameroon  I  Djibouti  I  EthiopiaEgypt  I  Gambia  I  Ghana  I  Kenya  I  Lesotho  I  MalawiMauritiusMoroccoMozambique  I  NamibiaNigeriaRwanda  I  SenegalSeychelles  I  Sierra Leone  I  South Africa Swaziland   I  Tanzania  I  Tunisia  I Uganda  I  ZambiaZimbabwe


China  I Mongolia  I  Nepal  I  Timor-Leste

Latin America

Argentina  I  Bolivia  I  Brazil  I  Chile  I  Colombia I  Costa RicaCubaEcuador  I  El Salvador  I  Guatemala   I  Honduras  I  Nicaragua  I  Mexico  I   Panama  I   Paraguay  I  Peru   I  Uruguay  I  Venezuela

The Caribbean

Antigua and Barbuda  I  BahamasBarbadosBelize  I  Dominica  I  Dominican RepublicGrenada  I  Guyana  I  Haiti  I  JamaicaSt LuciaSt Kitts and Nevis  I   St Vincent and the Grenadines  I  Suriname  |   Trinidad & Tobago