The New Zealand Aid Programme, managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is the New Zealand Government's international aid and development programme. Its mission is to support sustainable development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.
New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarships are for individuals from developing countries who are motivated to make a difference at home. Scholars have the opportunity to study subjects that will help with social, economic or political needs in their own country. The New Zealand Aid Programme is looking for people with strong academic or work skills, and leadership ability or potential.
What can I study?
Scholarships are available at a variety of levels of study from certificate to undergraduate to PhD. Tailored internships or work placements are also available to applicants from some countries.
Our scholarships are for study in subjects that support sustainable development. This means different things for different countries, but some examples are qualifications in renewable energy, agriculture, fisheries, disaster risk management, natural resource management, health, and education.
What you get with our scholarships
A top quality education at one of New Zealand’s world-class tertiary institutes or a major Pacific regional university.
Financial support including a fortnightly living allowance, an establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance, travel to and from your home country at the start and end of your scholarship, home leave or reunion travel for some students, and assistance with research and thesis costs for most postgraduate research students.
Personal and academic support. We have international student advisors to help and support you with any issues with your scholarship, study or well-being.
When studying in New Zealand you will also have the assurance of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students which sets minimum standards to ensure international students in New Zealand are well informed, safe, and properly cared for by their education provider.
Bringing your family with you. If you bring family members with you to New Zealand, you will need to pay all their expenses. But you may be eligible for some non-financial help for immediate family members, such as a work visa (subject to Immigration New Zealand requirements), access to New Zealand health care, and access to New Zealand primary and secondary education.
If you bring family members with you to the Pacific, you may be entitled to an additional dependent allowance for the duration of your scholarship.
Help getting prepared. To help you get prepared for studying in New Zealand, you’ll have a pre-departure briefing in your home country, and you’ll get support when you arrive in New Zealand. We also offer a programme in New Zealand to help you prepare for academic studies here.