The New Zealand Development Scholarships for international students is funded by the New Zealand Government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), delivers the scheme through the New Zealand Aid Programme for post graduate programs aimed for foreign students.

General eligibility for Master Degree Scholarships New Zealand

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.

To be eligible to be considered for a New Zealand Development Scholarship, applicants must:
  • be a citizen of a New Zealand Development Scholarship participating country ( permanent residents are not eligible to apply)
  • be residing in their country of citizenship, preferably for at least two years prior to application
  • not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand or 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 one already commenced 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 their home country, preferably for at least two years prior to application, including since completing their highest tertiary qualification gained to date
  • be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the public or private or community sector (as relevant) of their home country, and to their country’s development in general
  • be able to take up the scholarship in the academic year for which it is offered.

Applicants cannot:
  • be studying full-time at post-secondary level
  • be transferring from another tertiary scholarship (either in New Zealand or in another country) to a New Zealand Development Scholarship
  • hold, or have held, a New Zealand Government or Australian Government scholarship in the 24 months preceding the scholarship start date or have been terminated from a New Zealand or Australian Government scholarship previously.
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.
English language requirements

New Zealand tertiary education institutions set their own admission requirements for English language proficiency. As a guide, most New Zealand education institutions require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, for postgraduate level study. Some postgraduate qualifications may require a higher score. All applicants should check the IELTS or TOEFL score required for admission to their selected New Zealand education institution.

Application process
For application details to the New Zealand Development Scholarships for International Students please visit the New Zealand Aid Program website.

Please mention on your application while applying for this scholarship.

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