APPLY: New Zealand Development Scholarships (Fully-funded postgraduate scholarships)

New Zealand Development Scholarships

APPLY: New Zealand Development Scholarships (Fully-funded postgraduate scholarships)

 Deadline: March 30, 2017.



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.


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).



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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.


Eligible countries 

Region Eligible countries
Africa (Commonwealth) Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Africa Algeria, Angola, Dijbouti, Ethiopia, Egypt, Gambia, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, Zimbabwe
Asia Bhutan, JordanMongolia,  NepalTimor-Leste
Latin America Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela
Caribbean Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.



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Qualification Types

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)


Priority Sectors

If you can show that your study is connected to any of these sectors, you are more likely to be selected. These are the priority sectors:


·         Agriculture development

  • Agri-business management: agricultural economics, agricultural systems and management, rural development, logistics, supply chain and distribution management, value chain development, agriculture marketing, international agribusiness
  • Agriculture production: animal science, veterinary nursing, plant science, horticultural science, soil science
  • Agriculture trade and technology: Phytosanitary, bio-security, biotechnology, agricultural trade
  • Post-harvest: food production, food sciences/technology, post-harvest processing, food storage and packaging, food safety


·         Renewable energy

  • Geothermal, solar, hydro-electric and wind energy, energy engineering, renewable energy distribution systems, energy sector management/reform, including energy economics and financials


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When we consider applications, we’re also looking for scholars that most closely match our preferences. These include:

  • strong academic ability, leadership qualities, and a commitment to the development of their home country,
  • candidates who are 39 years of age or younger at the time of commencing their scholarship,
  • candidates who apply to study in areas relating to one or more of their country’s priority sectors.


Gender balance will also be a consideration in our selection decisions.


How to Apply

See the How to Apply page for details.



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Contact Us

We get many enquiries that can be answered by reading the extensive information on our website. For example, see Eligibility, How to Apply or frequently asked questions.

For questions which are not answered by the information on this website, submit an online enquiry here (external link).


Regional Contact:

New Zealand High Commission,

Attention:  Scholarships, 125 Middle Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk 0181,

Pretoria, SA.

Tel: +27 12 435 9000




Should you have any question about the scholarship and other opportunities featured on this website or should you need assistance at anytime in your application, please, do not hesitate to write to us via this address:


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Kunlere Idowu

Kunlere is an environment and sustainable development strategist with years of active experience in environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement. You may follow him on Twitter via @kunlere_idowu


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