New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS)
The New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) scheme offers the opportunity to people from selected developing countries to undertake development-related studies in New Zealand.
This may include study related to education, health, rural livelihoods, governance, human rights, or economic development, depending on the human resource development training needs of the home government.
New Zealand Development Scholarships are offered for full-time, tertiary level study at participating New Zealand education institutions.
New Zealand Development Scholarships – Public category (NZDS-Public)
The NZDS-Public scholarships scheme is a bilateral scheme available to individuals from selected partner countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The selection criteria is determined by the partner government and NZAID.
Shortlisted applications, mostly from public sector employees, are endorsed for a scholarship by the partner government. Employees from civil society or private sector organizations may apply for the NZDS-Public in some countries depending on country-specific selection criteria. The levels and fields of study available for study in New Zealand are determined according to the partner country’s human resource development training needs.
New Zealand Development Scholarships – Open category (NZDS-Open)
The NZDS-Open scholarships scheme is a non-bilateral scheme available to candidates of some developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific. Under the NZDS-Open scheme, candidates independently apply for a scholarship.
NZDS-Open scholarships are generally directed at employees of private sector or civil society sector organizations, including non-governmental organizations. In some countries, public sector employees can also apply for a NZDS-Open scholarship depending on the country or region-specific selection criteria. This criteria also determines the levels and the fields of study under which candidates can apply to study in New Zealand.
Applicants from the following countries are eligible to apply for NZDS - Public:
Cambodia, Cook Islands, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam
Applicants from the following countries are eligible to apply for NZDS - Open:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, Federated States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Marshall Islands, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
The New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) fund tuition and enrolment fees, an establishment allowance, a basic stipend, approved scholarship-related travel, some course-related costs, and medical and travel insurance*.
• Establishment allowance: Paid on arrival in New Zealand to assist with immediate costs, such as: accommodation (for example temporary accommodation, accommodation bond, rent in advance, etc), purchase of suitable clothing, some course expenses, and utility bonds (such as electricity, telephone) and household items, if moving into rental accommodation. A lesser amount is paid each full semester of subsequent years of study.
• Stipend: Paid fortnightly to cover routine expenditure on day-to-day costs, including: accommodation (rent or board), food, living expenses (e.g. telephone, electricity etc), transport, personal items and course-related costs (e.g. stationery, field trips, workshops etc).
• Dependants' funding: Where a student’s study programme is 18 months or longer, and the student has at least 12 months remaining of the qualification to complete, the student can apply to NZAID for their immediate family members to join them in New Zealand. To assist the student in supporting dependant family members while they are in New Zealand, an accompanied stipend rate may be paid to the student.
* NZAID funding may not cover all living costs. NZDS students and their families must carefully consider the costs of supporting a family in New Zealand, as New Zealand is likely to have a much higher cost of living than their home country. NZAID students may need to supplement the stipend with their own funds to cover items on top of basic day-to-day living expenses.
Information has been redacted. Please go to the official website for up-to-date information on deadlines, eligibility, scholarship benefits, terms and conditions, selection, and application requirements.