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New Zealand Development & Commonwealth Scholarship 2019 for African Countries

Organisation : New Zealand High Commission /New Zealand Aid Programme
Name Of The Scholarship : New Zealand Development & Commonwealth Scholarship 2019 for African countries
Applicable for : African countries (including South Africa) Master’s and PhD Students
Closing Date : Thursday 14 March 2019 12.00 pm NZ Time.
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The New Zealand Aid Programme offers scholarships to potential applicants from eligible African countries (including South Africa) who are motivated to make a difference at home.

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The following scholarship types are available. Follow the links below for more information about the particular scholarship type.

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Development Scholarship

Eligible countries :
** Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Commonwealth Scholarship

Eligible Countries :
** Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Degree level : Master’s and PhD

Application Dates

Application Group Eligible countries Dates
Group 1 A: Algeria, Angola, Argentina

B: Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil

C: Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba

D: Djibouti

E: Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia

F: Fiji

G: Ghana, Guatemala

H-K: Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya

L: Lao PDR, Lesotho

M: Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar

N: Namibia, Nauru, Nicaragua, Nigeria

P-R: Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda

S: Samoa (Open Category), Senegal, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Swaziland

T: Tanzania, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Tuvalu

U-Z: Uganda, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Opens: Friday 1 February 2019 12.01 am NZ Time.

Closes: Thursday 14 March 2019 12.00 pm NZ

Group 2 A: Antigua and Barbuda

B: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize

D: Dominica, Dominican Republic

G: Grenada, Guyana

H-K: Haiti, Jamaica, Jordan

M: Malaysia, Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau), Mongolia

N: Nepal, Niue

P-R: Philippines

S: St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname

T: Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago

U-Z: Viet Nam

Opens: Friday 15 February 2019 12.01 am NZ Time

Closes: Thursday 28 March 2019 12.00 pm NZ Time

Who can apply?

** Candidates must meet all eligibility criteria.
** You can complete the online questionnaire below to confirm whether you can apply.

Application process

** Selection Preferences The New Zealand Aid Programme is guided by both the Priority Sectors (above) and Selection Preferences when shortlisting candidates.

For questions which are not answered by the information on this :
website, submit an online enquiry here (external link).
Regional Contact :
New Zealand High Commission Attention:
125 Middle Street,
Nieuw Muckleneuk 0181,
Pretoria, South Africa.
Tel: +27 12 435 9000

Apply Here :

The Eligibility questionnaire will check things such as :
Which country you hold citizenship in
How long you have been living in your home country
How much work experience you have
Whether we provide scholarships to your country
Whether your intended study aligns to levels and sectors provided to your country
You must complete the eligibility questionnaire before you can apply for a Scholarship.

Age requirements :
** To apply for a full New Zealand Scholarship, you must be 18 years old or older when you start your scholarship.
** This means if you are 17 years of age when you apply, you must have your 18th birthday before you start your scholarship in semester one.

How To Apply

** Four steps in the online application process
** Eligible applicants can access the New Zealand Scholarships online application system from the application opening date for their country.

Follow these four steps:
Step 1: Confirm your eligibility
** Complete the Online Eligibility Test to see if you are eligible to apply.
** If the Online Eligibility Test confirms that you are eligible, you will get an eligibility code (number).
** This eligibility code displays on your screen at the end of the test.
** You need this eligibility code in Step 3.
** Please write down your eligibility code.

Step 2: Create a login to access New Zealand government forms online
** To access any online form for a New Zealand government department, first you need to register online.
** This registration system is called RealMe.
** You will need a RealMe login (username and password) to access the online New Zealand Scholarship application form.
** You also need the same RealMe login to apply for a student visa if you get a scholarship.
** Please remember your RealMe username and password.
** You need this login to view, edit and submit your New Zealand Scholarship application form.

Note: You will not need to verify your RealMe account with a post office. This is only necessary for New Zealanders.

Step 3: Register with New Zealand Scholarships online application system
** Use your eligibility code from Step 1 to register online with the New Zealand Scholarships online application system.

Note: Steps 2 and 3 require you to register with two different IT systems.

Step 4: Complete and submit your application before the closing date
** Use your RealMe login to access the New Zealand Scholarship online application system anytime between the opening and closing dates for your country.

Fields of Study

** We want scholars who are interested in studying subjects that can improve the social and economic development of your country.
** We’ve chosen priority sectors that can help your country and that New Zealand has expertise in.

Priority Sectors
If you can show that your study is connected to any of these sectors, you are more likely to be selected.

Agriculture development :
Agri-business management :
** Agricultural economics, agricultural systems and management, rural development, logistics, supply chain and distribution management, value chain development, agriculture marketing, international agribusiness;
Agriculture production:
** animal science, veterinary nursing, plant science, horticultural science, soil science;

Agriculture trade and technology :
** Phytosanitary, bio-security, biotechnology, agricultural trade;

** Food production, food sciences/technology, post-harvest processing, food storage and packaging, food safety.

Renewable energy :
** Geothermal, solar, hydro-electric and wind energy, energy engineering, renewable energy distribution systems, energy sector management/reform, including energy economics and financials.

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