2014/2015 New Zealand Development Scholarships for Developing Countries

Scholarship Name: New Zealand Development Scholarships

Brief description

The New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) 2014 scheme offers the opportunity to people from targeted developing countries to undertake development-related studies at tertiary education institutions in New Zealand. NZDS are a central part of the New Zealand Government’s development assistance to Africa under its Africa Regional Programme.

Accepted Subject Areas?

Programmes offered at the New Zealand Universities

About Scholarship

The purpose of the New Zealand Development scholarships is for candidates to gain knowledge and skills through postgraduate study in specific subject areas that 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.

Scholarship Offered Since: Not Specified

Who is qualified to apply?

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria before their application will be considered against the selection criteria, including any region-specific criteria. Applicants are expected to continue residing in their home country during the Scholarship application and selection process.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a citizen of an New Zealand Development Scholarships participating country (see list below)
  • be residing in your country of citizenship, preferably for at least two years prior to application
  • not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand, Australia, or another developed country
  • not be married or engaged to be married to a person who holds, or who is eligible to hold, citizenship or permanent residence of New Zealand, Australia or another developed country
  • be aged 17 or over before the scholarship start date
  • be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for a qualification already in progress in New Zealand or another country
  • not have completed, or nearly completed, a qualification at a similar level (i.e. applicants must apply for a higher level qualification than any previously attained), unless strong developmental relevance is demonstrated
  • satisfy the admission requirements of the New Zealand education institution at which the qualification is to be undertaken, including English language criteria
  • have been working in your home country since completing their highest tertiary qualification gained to date, preferably for at least two years prior to application
  • be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the relevant sector in your home country, and to your country’s development in general
  • be able to take up the scholarship in the academic year for which it is offered.

How Many Scholarship Positions are available? Up to 14

What are the benefits?

New Zealand has first-rate education institutions that offer world-recognised qualifications. Successful applicants will have access to excellent academic knowledge in quality facilities.

The scholarships include financial support for tuition, living costs while in New Zealand, and airfares.

The partners of students are eligible for a work visa that allows them to live and work in New Zealand for the duration of their partner’s study.

How long will sponsorship last? Scholarship will last for the duration of the postgraduate programme

Eligible African Countries

Applications for New Zealand Development Scholarships are welcome from the following countries.

Kenya    South Africa     Tanzania    Zambia

Other Countries

Asia: China    Mongolia    Nepal    Timor-Leste

Latin America: Argentina    Bolivia    Brazil    Chile    Ecuador    El Salvador    Guatemala    Honduras    Nicaragua    Paraguay    Peru    Uruguay

To be taken at (country): New Zealand

What time of year does Application Close?

Application deadline for applicants from Asia and Africa regions, from Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras and Nicaragu: between 30 April and 31 May depending on institution

Offered annually? Yes

How can I Apply?

You must first apply to the University of your choose. See link below.

How can I get more information?

If you need more Information about this scholarship, kindly visit the Scholarship Webpage


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

Important Notes:

If offered a scholarship, you must:

  • be able to satisfy Immigration New Zealand requirements for international student entry to New Zealand (i.e. medical checks, police clearances/character checks, etc.)
  • not hold another scholarship during the period of the New Zealand Development Scholarship
  • agree in writing that you 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.

English language requirements

New Zealand tertiary education institutions set their own admission requirements for English language proficiency. All applicants should check the IELTS (International English Language Testing System, academic stream) or TOEFL (Testing of English as a Foreign Language) score required for admission to their selected New Zealand education institution.

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  1. Stephen Ogola says

    It is a good idea to chip in supporting developing countries in attaining standardised education levels.

    For Kenya specifically, are there ways you can sponsor a student in a Kenyan university or college. I’m a STUDENT at Kenya Medical College taking Diploma in Community Health Nursing course,whoever was paying for me fees is dead… and how I’ll continoue with my studies.

    Is it possible that you can consider my application for scholarship? Please advice me on what to do.

    Thanks in advance,


  2. wondie says

    Hi, there
    having such chance for African student is good for the betterment of our continent, however, the eligible countries in our continent is very small. Why?

  3. says

    Peter Kamyalile on 05 March 2012

    i real admire the project of scholarships for African Countries. it is good idea for the revamp of African economy.

    I am Tanzanian a student of LL.B at Tumaini.university. i need to study LL.M but my economic is poor since i have only one parent who is no longer capable of paying cost actually i cant afford the cost. I ask the full scholarship. may you offer me. Thanks in advance.

  4. zelalem boja says

    dear sir/madam,
    I am 22 year ethiopian young studying civil engineering at addis ababa university institute of technology. iam going to be graduated my BSC in the coming year.but i can not further continue my education because of economic limitation.so please can you make me realize my dreams? thank you.

  5. Yeju Sira Negn says

    Dear sir/madam,
    I am from Ethiopia is there any scholarship program for Ethiopian citizen please?

  6. Dessie Mammo says

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am Dessie Mammo Alemu, 36 years old and with sound physique from a developing country, Ethiopia. I have been graduated both my first and second degree in English language and curriculum studies respectively. I have more than 10 years experience as a teacher and school director for primary and then secondary schools. I had been a certified and then diploma holder teacher before upgrading my qualification to Bachelor and masters level. Besides, I have worked as a Woreda/District education office head which still is the main partner of Save the Children Norway Ethiopia (in North Gondar). I have scored Excellent achievements in my walks of work life and also I have 3:46 CGPA (grade point in my masters degree). I am working as a curriculum and module preparation officer at Gondar College of Teachers Education by now. I want abroad further education opportunity either in masters degree or PHD degree in related courses to advance both my qualification and life career.
    Therefore, I greatly want your genuine support to achieve my objective given here above. Many thanks!
    Yours with best wishes!
    e-mail: desie.alemu@gmail.com
    mobile: +251918712867
    Tel: +251581110051
    Gondar Teachers Education College

  7. Yeju Sira Negn says


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