New Zealand Development Scholarship for Africa

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 organizations.

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).

Eligible countries

NZDS are for postgraduate study in New Zealand and are available to candidates from

  • African countries

  • specific Latin American,

  • Bhutan, Jordan, Nepal, Timor-Leste and Mongolia.

Study Levels

New Zealand Development Scholarships are available for the following qualifications Levels:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)

  • Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)

  • Master’s Degree (1 – 2 years)

  • PhD (up to 3.5 years)


Candidates must meet all the scholarship eligibility criteria including:

  • 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 and have resided in that country for at least the last two years.
  • Agree to return to your home country for a minimum of two years on completion of the scholarship.
  • Read the full eligibility criteria

Application instructions:

Most eligible countries are able to apply online at the official website from 1 February 2016 to 30 April 2016. If you are from a country which allows paper applications, you can submit this to your nearest New Zealand High Commission or Embassy to arrive no later than 15 April 2016.


30 April 2016

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