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New Zealand Development Scholarships 2020/2021 for African and Developing Countries’ Students

New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarships offers the opportunity to people from targeted African countries to undertake development-related studies at tertiary education institutions in New Zealand.

Application Deadline: 28th February 2020, 12.00 pm NZ Time.

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible African countries: Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

To be taken at (country): New Zealand

Fields of study: Preference will be given to candidates who apply to study in academic disciplines relating to one or more of the following:

Agriculture development

  • Agri-business Management, AgriComerce, Agriculture Economics, Agricultural and Environmental Systems, Agriculture Systems, Agriculture Systems extension and innovation; Dairy Systems;
  • Agriculture and/or Horticulture Management, Rural Development, Agriculture and/or Horticulture Domestic Supply Chain Management and Distribution, Natural Resource and Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Public Policy, Administration, Finance, or Governance directly related to one of the above areas

Renewable energy

  • Geothermal, Solar, Hydro-electric and Wind Energy, Energy Engineering and Renewable Energy Distribution Systems
  • Market reform and sector management, including Energy Economics and Energy Efficiency
  • Public Policy, Administration, Finance, or Governance in the above areas

About Scholarship: 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. 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.

Who is eligible to apply? Applicants must meet the following conditions to be eligible for a New Zealand Scholarship:

  • 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.
  • Not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, European Union countries, United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, South Korea, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia. Have resided in your home country for at least two years immediately prior to commencing your scholarship. Have at least 2 years of work experience (part time or fulltime, paid or voluntary).
  • Not be serving military personnel.
  • Be able to satisfy Immigration requirements for international student entry to New Zealand or the country in which you will undertake your scholarship (i.e. medical checks, police clearances/character checks, etc.)
  • Be academically and linguistically able to obtain an Offer of Place for the proposed programme of study from the tertiary institute where you will undertake your scholarship.
  • Not have been previously terminated from a New Zealand Government Scholarship
  • Seek a qualification that will contribute to the sustainable development of your home country
  • Commit to return to your country for a minimum of 2 years at the end of your scholarship.

Number of Scholarship: Several

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.

Duration of sponsorship: 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)

How to Apply: If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, we encourage you to go through and complete the required Steps way before application deadline.

See the How to Apply page for details.

Visit the Scholarship Webpage for details

  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. fuad usmael yusuf says

    i need to learn fullschollarship MBA can you offer me

  4. peter kamyalile 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Ogundele Kehinde says

    why excluding nigeria.

  7. Yeju Sira Negn says

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

  8. 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: [email protected]
    mobile: +251918712867
    Tel: +251581110051
    Gondar Teachers Education College

  9. Courtesy Nhlonipho Zwelibanzi says

    Please may you send me the University names.

  10. Nani Adefris says

    Hi Tsdi Hilina Negan Baksh Tefash.

  11. Yeju Sira Negn says


  12. Samson Bamigbode says

    i want to be part of the opportunity

  13. Yemane Teka says

    I am Yemane Teka,from Ethiopia ..I need your help for the scholarship program

  14. Martin Kona says

    I am a Customs Officer with the zeal to establish an NGO to support women come out of poverty in Ghana since they are the home sustainers. This course tows my area of study at the University (Integrated Development Studies). However, per your conditions clause four, Military personnel don't qualify. Can you elaborate on what military personnel mean? Does that refer to only Soldiers or all personnel who have had paramilitary training too are not eligible?

  15. Noah Dzvatsva says

    After pre university, is there any programe for such young people.?Please you please respond.

  16. Degu Ayele says

    My name is Degu Ayele from Ethiopia.i want to be part of this opportunity.

  17. Bright Tarisai Chatikobo says

    Any late entry chatikoboemison zimbabwe

    1. KEDIR Ali says

      Thanks giving full funded scholarship for africa that exposure economic shortages.

  18. moses bujuni says

    this is a very good initiative which is going to help in the development of the African continent. please how do i apply?

  19. Tsegaye Dibaba says

    please consider me for further application.

  20. umutoni christine says

    MY NAME IS CHRISTINE I AM FROM Rwanda and i want to be part of this opportunity

  21. UMUTONI Christine says

    dear sir/madam,
    I am 35 years Rwandan Economist at University of Rwanda college of business and economic. i am going to be graduated my Masters degree in this year.but i can not further continue my PHD education because of economic limitation.so please can you make me realize my dreams? thank you.


    Good day Ma/ Sir pls is there any scholarship program for a nigerian

  23. wandera ivan says

    hello there, am glad to find such a pleasing opportunity for africa. However i would to apply early enough for this scholarship but unfortunately can’t find the application link. am kindly requesting if this can be availed for easy application procedure like other universities or countries.

    kind regards

  24. Camelyne Jepkogei Rono says

    Hello, Tena Koe,
    This is a selfless act by New Zealand community to not only help students but also to aid in economic development of our country. Am grateful for this opportunity and I humbly pray that I get chosen.

  25. Isaac Agyigra says

    I’m Isaac for Maiduguri Nigeria, the boko haram enclave. Do your scholarship programme cover areas like Pharmacology and/or cancer pharmacology.

  26. Ikram says

    I’m glad to find such a pleasing opportunity for africa.
    I am an Ethiopian a student of Rural development at Haramaya university. i need to study Rural development but i haven’t sufficient amount of payment for my study or i cant afford the cost of my study. So that, i ask the full scholarship. I would like to apply for this scholarship but unfortunately can’t find the application link. I hope you may offer me. Thanks in advance.

    kind regards.

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