The New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) scheme offers the opportunity to people from developing countries to undertake development-related studies at tertiary education institutions in New Zealand.
New Zealand Development Scholarships in the Open category (NZDS-Open) are available to eligible citizens of the Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
By providing people with knowledge and skills to contribute to the sustainable development of key sectors in their home country, the NZDS scheme aims to reduce poverty, provide better services to the poor in the region, promote good governance and contribute to the human resource base of targeted countries. Capacity building aims to strengthen the institutional and organisational ability of government and non-government organisations (NGOs) and communities with assistance that is appropriate to local needs and that promotes self-sufficiency.
Type, level and number of scholarships
New Zealand Development Scholarships in the Open category (NZDS-Open) are awarded for full-time postgraduate level study (i.e. Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters degrees and a limited number of Doctorates (PhD)) in New Zealand. Applicants may be working in the public sector, private sector, or for civil society organisations (including NGOs). Preference will be given to applicants from disadvantaged communities.
Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka: Up to nine (9) NZDS-Open scholarships will be offered to eligible candidates for study beginning in the 2011 academic year, with an equitable spread across all three countries.
Mongolia: Up to two (2) NZDS-Open scholarships will be offered to eligible candidates from Mongolia for study beginning in the 2011 academic year.
Myanmar: Up to two (2) NZDS-Open scholarships will be offered to eligible candidates from Myanmar for study beginning in the 2011 academic year.
In line with NZAID’s Asia Strategy, scholarships will be awarded for study linked to the following priority sectors:
• sustainable rural livelihoods
• basic education
• primary health
• trade and development
• conflict prevention and peace building
• development studies
Applicants must meet the following generic NZDS eligibility criteria before their application will be considered further against the selection criteria. Applicants must:
• be a citizen of the Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal or Sri Lanka (permanent residents of these countries are not eligible to apply);
• be residing in their home country, preferably for at least two years prior to application;
• not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand, Australia or another developed country
• not be married or engaged to be married to a person who holds, or who is eligible to hold, citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand, Australia or another developed country;
• for candidates from the countries identified above, be 45 years or younger at the time of application;
• be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for one already commenced in New Zealand or another country;
• 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;
• satisfy the admission requirements of the New Zealand education institution at which the qualification is to be undertaken, including English language proficiency criteria;
• have been working in their home country for at least two years since completing their highest tertiary qualification, prior to application;
• be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to their home country’s public, private or civil society sector (as relevant), and to the development of their home country in general; and
• be able to take up the scholarship in the academic year for which it is offered.
English language requirements
New Zealand tertiary education institutions set their own admission requirements for English language proficiency. As a guide, most New Zealand education institutions require a minimum IELTS 2 score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, for postgraduate level study. Some postgraduate qualifications require a higher score, especially in the fields of education and the health sciences. All applicants should check the IELTS or TOEFL 3 score required for admission to their selected New Zealand education institution.
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