New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships

Publish Date: Feb 24, 2016

Deadline: Apr 15, 2016

New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships

The purpose of the New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships (NZRDS) is for Pacific island candidates to gain knowledge and skills 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.

NZRDS 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.

Scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate study at a Pacific based tertiary institution, available to candidates from specific countries in the Pacific region.

How to apply online

New Zealand Scholarships applications are open now, and will close on 30th April 2016 (Midnight NZST).

Anyone from an eligible country, which is currently accepting online applications, can apply online in four simple steps.

At this time, the following applications are not currently supported online:

  • Commonwealth Scholarship
  • New Zealand China Doctoral Research Scholarships
  • Short term training Scholarships
  • Kirbati and Samoa are not currently support online applications (please refer to how to submit a paper application)

Step 1: Confirm your eligibility

Before you start your application you will need to check your eligibility through the online eligibility test (external link).  If you are eligible, you will be given a personal eligibility number and you can use this to apply for a scholarship.

At this stage, you will also need to decide the type of institution and qualification that is right for you. For more information, please click on our Frequently Asked Questions. For information about studying in New Zealand visit link).

Step 2: Create a RealMe login

Once you have confirmed your eligibility for a scholarship, you will to create a RealMe login (external link) to apply. You will use this login any time that you want to access your online Scholarship application, and can also use the same login for a range of other New Zealand Government service, including applying for a Student Visa through Immigration New Zealand if you are successful in being awarded a Scholarship. You will need your reference number in order to start your application form – so please make a note of it at the end of your eligibility checklist.

Step 3: Register with NZ Scholarships online

You will need to register with New Zealand Scholarships online (external link) before you can submit your application.  To do this you will need to provide us with a few basic details such as your name and email address. This is also where you will need to provide the eligibility reference number from step one above.

Step 4: Complete your application

You will now be able to complete your application (external link), and apply for any open Scholarship intake in your country.  You can also update your contact details at any time should they change, which will help us to get in touch with you regarding your application(s) if needed. Please note that you will need to scan your academic transcripts to upload onto the application portal. You can add one attachment for each of your qualifications. They must be either Word, PDF or JPEG. The shortlist will be confirmed several months after the application deadline has been reached.

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