Deadline: March 30, 2017 | Apply here
Eligibility: Master’s and PhD students from the eligible coutries (list below)
Scholarship value: fully funded tuition and other financial benefits, as well as personal and academic support
Location: New Zeland
New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships 2017
New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships are prestigious scholarships that recognise New Zealand’s history and ties to the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth Scholarships are part of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) – an international programme under which Commonwealth countries offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commwealth states.
The purpose of the scholarships is set out in the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, with the following key principles to:
- promote mutual cooperation and share educational experience among all Commonwealth countries
- be available across the Commonwealth
- recognise and promote the highest level of intellectual achievement.
The aim of the scholarship is to promote mutual cooperation and share educational experience among all Commonwealth countries as well as recognise and promote the highest intellectual achievement.
New Zealand Scholarships foster and build future leaders, as well as equipping you with skills and knowledge to benefit your home country. Their scholarships offer top quality education at New Zealand’s world-class tertiary institutes or a major Pacific regional university.
With a New Zealand Scholarship, you’ll get fully funded tuition and other financial benefits, as well as personal and academic support. While studying in New Zealand, you’ll enjoy the benefits of their world-class educational facilities and share in the unique Kiwi lifestyle.
Financial support includes:
- full tuition fees
- a fortnightly living allowance – this is a contribution to basic living expenses
- an establishment allowance – this is a once only payment as a contribution towards accommodation expenses, text books, study materials
- medical and travel insurance
- travel to and from your home country – this is for travel from your home country at the start of the scholarship, and for you to return to your home country at the end of your scholarship. Note that we offer our scholarships for the shortest amount of time needed for you to complete the academic programme.
- home leave or reunion travel for some scholars
- assistance with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate research students
In return, you’ll undertake to return home to share your knowledge and skills to benefit your country. You’ll also need to fulfil your obligations as a scholarship recipient.
Candidates should be from any of the following countries:
Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.
Caribbean: Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Asia (other): Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
Pacific: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships are available for the following postgraduate qualifications:
- Master’s Degree (1 – 2 years)
- PhD (up to 3.5 years)
Nominating agencies will review all applications received and select the two candidates that best meet the eligibility conditions, preference factors and priority sectors for their country. In May, they will contact you via email if you have been nominated.
All shortlisted candidates will be assessed, interviewed and undergo reference checks through the New Zealand Scholarships office.
A final decision will be made by 11 October 2017. Preferred candidates will be notified and go through the placement process at their selected institution. Once successfully placed, they will officially become New Zealand Commonwealth scholars.