New Zealand Development Scholarships

2014-04-05 - 2014-04-05

The New Zealand Development Scholarships 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).

The purpose of the scholarships is for candidates to gain knowledge and skills through post-graduate study in specific subject areas that 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 organisations.

New Zealand Development Scholarships

These scholarships are available to applicants from Mongolia and Nepal to undertake postgraduate full-time study at one of the ten eligible New Zealand education institutions.


For further information on and to submit an application, please contact the eligible New Zealand education institution you wish to apply to.

  • Sustainable rural livelihoods

  • Primary health

  • Trade and development

  • be a citizen of an New Zealand Development Scholarships participating country (permanent residents are not eligible to apply)

  • not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand, Australia, or another developed country*

  • be aged 17 or over 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

  • have been working in your home country since completing their highest tertiary qualification gained to date, preferably for at least two years prior to application

  • are studying full-time at post-secondary level

  • be able to satisfy Immigration New Zealand requirements for international student entry to New Zealand (i.e. medical checks, police clearances/character checks, etc.)

  • The New Zealand education institute will distribute application forms for the applicant to complete and return with all required supporting documentation.

  • Assess the candidate’s application for admission to the institution.

  • Some candidates may be interviewed as part of the selection process.

  • The education institution will inform successful candidates, and then assist them with their travel arrangements to New Zealand.

  • Successful candidates commence their studies around February the following year.