Scholarship detail

New Zealand Development Scholarship


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Tenure of award:

Up to four years.

Closing dates for applications:

28 March 2019
Intake 1 applications: Open 1 Feb and close on 14 March. Intake 2: Open 15 Feb and close on 28 March.

Number of awards offered:


History or background of award

The New Zealand Development Scholarships 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).

Purpose of award

The purpose of the scholarships is for candidates to gain knowledge and skills through post-graduate study in speific 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.

Selection criteria

See the extensive list of eligible countries on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NZ Aid Programme website on the link below.

Applicants must meet the following New Zealand Development Scholarship eligibility criteria before their application will be considered against the selection criteria, including any region-specific criteria.


How do students apply?

Most applications should be completed online and this is the only option for some countries. Paper applications are accepted for some countries only. (But applications for New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships follow a different process. Read more about how to apply for a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship)
Check how applications are accepted for your country and scholarship type.
If both online and paper applications are accepted, please use only one method when applying. We strongly recommend online applications.
New Zealand Development Scholarships
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Additional information

NZDS are for postgraduate study in New Zealand and are available to candidates from specific African, Caribbean and Latin American countries, and from Bhutan, Jordan, Mongolia, Nepal and Timor-Leste. NZDS are also available for undergraduate study to candidates from Timor Leste.

Decision makers

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).

How and when do students learn of the decision?

New Zealand Development Scholarships are available for the following qualifications:
• Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
• Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
• Master’s Degree (1 – 2 years)
• PhD (3 – 4 years)

What conditions are attached to acceptance of this award?

Applicants are expected to continue residing in their home country during the Scholarship application and selection process. If offered a Scholarship, candidates must:
• be able to satisfy Immigration New Zealand requirements for international student entry to New Zealand (i.e. medical checks and police clearances/character checks, etc)
• not hold another scholarship during the period of the New Zealand Development Scholarship
• agree in writing that they will 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 social or economic development.

Who else has information about this award?

See the How to Apply page for details.

For guidelines, application forms and more information about this award contact:

Position: NZ Aid Programme
Organisation: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Address: 195 Lambton Quay Wellington
Phone: (04) 439 8000