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Organisation : Department of Higher Education and Training – DHET
Name of the Scholarship : New Zealand Development Scholarship and Commonwealth Scholarship 2019
Applicable for : South African students
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DHET New Zealand Development & Commonwealth Scholarship

Programme outline :
** 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.

Related : Department of Higher Education and Training Chinese Government Scholarship 2018 :

** Scholarships available
** Eligibility
** Priority Sectors
** Selection Preferences
** Contact us

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

New Zealand 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.

New Zealand 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


** Applications open in early 2018 for studies beginning in early 2019. Read application dates for more information.
** It is recommended that potential applicants start preparing early due to the long application process.

Who Can Apply

** Candidates must meet all eligibility criteria. Note: there are differing criteria for different scholarships.

Applicants from all eligible countries must meet the following conditions to be eligible for a New Zealand Scholarship:
** I will be at least 18 years old at the time I start the scholarship.
** I am a citizen of a participating country (as listed above) and I am residing in and applying for a scholarship from my country of citizenship.

I confirm that I am not also a citizen or permanent resident of any the following countries :
** New Zealand, Australia, Israel, South Korea, Japan, USA, any European Union country, Qatar, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Note :
This criteria does not apply to people from Niue, Cook Islands and Tokelau who are New Zealand citizens, and it also does not apply to NZ-Samoan dual citizens.)
** On 31 December 2018, my country will have been my main country of residence for the last two years or more (unless you are a member of the diplomatic corps or a dependent of a member of the diplomatic corps).

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;

Post-harvest :
** 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.
** Read the What You Can Study page to see examples of qualifications for these subjects

Application Process

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


** The New Zealand Aid Programme receives many enquiries that can be answered by reading the extensive information on their website. For example, see Eligibility, How to Apply or frequently asked questions. 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: Scholarships, 125 Middle Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk 0181, Pretoria, South Africa. Tel: +27 12 435 9000

Note :
** Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above.

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