2014 New Zealand Development Scholarships for Africans

Deadline December 2, 2013

Applications are now invited from students interested in studying for up to one year from Semester Two, July 2014. The New Zealand Government provides Development Scholarships (NZDS) to targeted countries in Africa that offer the opportunity to undertake studies at tertiary education institutions in New Zealand. The Scholarships scheme aims to strengthen sustainable economic development in Africa by contributing to human resource development, particularly in agriculture and geothermal development.

Scholarship Value

For the 2014 intake, scholarships will be offered at postgraduate level for study related to Sustainable Economic Development with preference given to study in sectors of Agriculture and Renewable energy.

The scholarship will cover air travel, full tuition fees, an establishment allowance, and a living allowance to cover day to day costs in New Zealand. Applicants may also be entitled to return travel to their home country to see dependant family members under the Reunion Airfare Entitlement.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to be considered for a NZDS, applicants must:

  • be a citizen of Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe (i.e. permanent residents of these countries are not eligible to apply);
  • not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand or Australia or another developed country 1;
  • 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 applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for one already commenced in New Zealand or another country2;
  • satisfy the admission requirements of the New Zealand education institution at which the qualification is to be undertaken, including English language criteria;
  • be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the public or private or community sector (as relevant), and to their home country’s development in general; and
  • be able to take up the scholarship in the academic year for which it is offered.

It is preferred that applicants:

  • be residing in their country of citizenship, preferably for at least two years prior to application;
  • be 40 years or under before the scholarship start date;
  • 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; and
  • 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.

Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as the New Zealand Government attempts to ensure gender equity among scholarship holders.

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