New Zealand: Fully Funded New Zealand Development Scholarships for Developing Countries, 2018

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).

Country of Study: New Zealand Institution/ University: Universities in New Zealand
Application Deadline: 14th March 2018 Level of Study: Postgraduate Degrees

Eligible 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.


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).

Scholarship 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.

Study Subject(s)

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

Eligibility Requirement

Be at least 18 years old at the time you start the scholarship.
A citizen of a participating country (as listed above) and residing in and applying for a scholarship from your country of citizenship.
Not a citizen or permanent resident of any the following countries: New Zealand, Australia, Israel, South Korea, Japan, USA, any European Union country, Qatar, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (Note: This criteria does not apply to people from Niue, Cook Islands and Tokelau who are New Zealand citizens, and it also does not apply to NZ-Samoan dual citizens.)
On 31 December 2018, your country will have been your main country of residence for the last two years or more (unless you are a member of the diplomatic corps or a dependent of a member of the diplomatic corps).
Not currently serving in the military.
You are expect to meet immigration requirements for a student visa to New Zealand or the Pacific Island country you will study in (i.e. medical checks, etc.)
Meet the academic entry requirements (including English language ability) for your preferred programme of study and institution. Refer to the website of your preferred institution to confirm entry requirements.
Confirm that you have not previously had a New Zealand Scholarship terminated because of poor academic performance (within the past 5 years) or breach of scholarship contract.
You intend to return to your country for two years or more at the end of my scholarship to contribute to my country’s development.
Have at least one year full-time (two year’s part-time) work experience relevant to your career and/or preferred qualification unless I am applying straight from secondary school or during my first year of tertiary study (for countries offered undergraduate study).(Part-time work is defined as up to 29 hours per week, Full-time work is defined as 30 plus hours per week).

The Online Eligibility Test (external link) is part of the online application process, and will show you if you can apply for:


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)

Application Procedure

Most applications should be completed online and this is the only option for some countries. Paper applications are accepted for some countries only.

If both online and paper applications are accepted, please use only one method when applying. We strongly recommend online applications.