New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarships for International Students

The New Zealand Aid Programme is a scholarship portfolio featuring a number of scholarship awards by the government. The scholarships are open to citizens of selected countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Kindly view the complete list of eligible countries as a first step in determining your eligibility.

Scholarship Summary  
|Level: Postgraduate |Institution(s): Partner Institutions
|Location:  New Zealand |Field(s): All
|Target: Several Countries |Deadline(s): 30 May, 2017

There are four types of scholarships categories under the New Zealand Aid Programme.  All the scholarships are for full-time tertiary level study in New Zealand. The categories are presented below:

The scholarships are available to a number of New Zealand universities and institutes of technology. Depending on the country you are from, New Zealand Scholarships are available for the following level of studies: Postgraduate Certificate (6 months), Postgraduate Diploma (1 year), Masters Degree (1 – 2 years) or PhD (up to 3.5 years).

The fields of study which are preferred are those that are most relevant to the development needs of your country (i.e. renewable energy, agriculture development, disaster risk management, private sector development, public sector development).  Find out the preferred subjects for your country before applying to maximize your chances for success.

The benefits of the scholarships include full tuition fees, a living allowance (paid fortnightly), medical and travel insurance, an establishment allowance, a two-way travel airfare for recipient’s journey between home country and New Zealand, home leave or reunion travel for some eligible scholars. Some postgraduate research students are also entitled to pastoral and academic support, and assistance with research and thesis costs.


Candidates wishing to go for the New Zealand Aid Programme must meet the following conditions:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing your scholarship.
  • Be a citizen of the country from which you are applying for a scholarship and have resided in that country for at least the last two years.
  • Not a citizen or permanent resident of any the following countries: New Zealand, Australia, Israel, South Korea, Japan, USA, any European Union country, Qatar, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (Note: This criteria does not apply to people from Niue, Cook Islands, Tokelau who are New Zealand citizens, and it also does not apply to NZ-Samoan dual citizens.)
  • Meet the academic entry requirements (including English language ability) for your preferred programme of study and institution. Refer to the website of your preferred institution to confirm entry requirements.
  • Have at least one year full time (two-year’s part time) work experience relevant to your career and/or preferred qualification unless you are applying straight from school or during my first year of tertiary study (for countries offered undergraduate study).
  • Meet the Immigration requirements for a student visa to New Zealand or the Pacific country you will study in (i.e. medical checks, etc.).
  • Intend to return to your home country for a minimum of two years on completion of the scholarship.

For full eligibility details check the eligibility criteria page and also take the Online Eligibility Test (not applicable for New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships).

How to apply for the New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarships

Application for the New Zealand Aid Programme can be done online or paper-based depending on your country. Applicants from countries that are eligible for online or paper-based applications, can apply from 1 February until 15 May 2017 (12pm NZ Time) while applicants from eligible countries that can only apply online can do so from 16 February until 30 May 2017 (12pm NZ Time). For New Zealand Commonwealth scholarships, only paper applications are accepted from 15 February to 30 May 2017.  Read the application schedule to know which countries can apply during which application period.

You can also visit the scholarship announcement page for further information on the New Zealand Aid Programme.

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