New Zealand Scholarships – developing countries

The New Zealand Scholarships Programme - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade New Zealand (MFAT)

AUT hosts a large number of scholars under the New Zealand Scholarships Programme (formerly NZAID). The scholarships are made available to assist international students to study in New Zealand. Citizens from selected developing countries intending to undertake tertiary level study in New Zealand are able to apply for these scholarships to study at AUT.

The purpose of MFAT’s scholarships schemes is to enhance the skills, training and knowledge of selected individuals and thereby build capacity to contribute to the sustainable development of key areas in their home country.

List of eligible countries (MFAT website)

New Zealand Scholarships

These are full tertiary scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate academic study in New Zealand available to eligible international students.

Priority is given to applicants who choose one of the recommended subjects specified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Recommended subjects (MFAT website)

As part of the application process, you need to describe:

  • How your preferred courses relate to one of the recommended study subjects
  • The skills and knowledge you want to gain from your preferred courses
  • How these skills and knowledge are important to your country’s development.

Applications usually open in February. Country specific opening and closing dates are listed on the MFAT website.

Opening and closing dates by country (MFAT website)

PhD applicants from the Pacific Island region

PhD applicants from the Pacific Island region are encouraged to also look at The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee AUT Doctoral Scholarship in the AUT scholarships database.

AUT scholarships database

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade New Zealand website

Commonwealth Scholarships

New Zealand offers Commonwealth Scholarships to candidates from developing Commonwealth countries for postgraduate study (master’s and PhD) in New Zealand.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade New Zealand website

Contact us

NZ Scholarships Officer

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