2020 New Zealand Government Fully Funded Scholarship for Africans
Deadline: February 28, 2020
New Zealand offers scholarships to eligible citizens from developing countries to study abroad at a New Zealand education institution or university or at a Pacific university.
New Zealand Scholarships are available to citizens of these countries in Africa:
Eligible African countries:
Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Djibouti, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Levels of study available:
You can study these postgraduate qualifications at one of eleven New Zealand universities and education institutions:
- Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
- Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
- Master’s Degree (1-2 years)
- PhD (up to 3.5 years)
With a full New Zealand Scholarship, scholars receive:
- full tuition fees
- living allowance (a stipend) of NZ$491 per week. This will help with a scholar’s basic living expenses, but it is not enough to cover the living costs of any family members
- an establishment allowance of NZ$3000. This is to help with set-up costs in New Zealand. For example, you can use it for accommodation expenses, text books, or other study materials
- medical insurance when you are in New Zealand
- travel to and from your own country. This is for travel from your own country at the start of the scholarship, and for return travel at the end of your scholarship
- travel insurance
- travel home during your scholarship (We allow for one or two trips home, depending on the length of your scholarship)
- help with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate students
The New Zealand Scholarship application form is quite long. You cannot see the application form before applications open for your country. As soon as applications for your country open, you should start planning your answers.
The New Zealand Scholarship application form requires you to:
- provide your name, birth date, physical address and phone number
- provide an email address: a current email address that you use regularly
- list your preferred courses and the education institution for your scholarship
Note: Your preferred courses must progress on from the highest qualification that you have previously completed.
- describe how your preferred courses relate to one of our recommended study subjects for your country
- list the qualifications you have already completed
- list any awards or prizes you have won, or articles you have published
- provide the details of previous jobs or work experience
- describe how your work experience relates to your preferred courses or career (Note: School leavers and first year undergraduate applicants do not need work experience.)
- describe the skills and knowledge you want to gain from your preferred courses
- describe how these skills and knowledge are important to your country’s social and economic development
- describe a situation when you had a problem and solved it
- describe a situation when you created a successful relationship at work or with someone in a community group
- describe a situation when you had to work very hard to achieve your goals
- provide convincing reasons why you want to study in New Zealand
- describe what challenges you could find as a new scholar in New Zealand and how you would deal with these challenges.
Academic records or transcripts
With your application form, you need to provide:
- a copy of your academic records or transcripts, showing your grades
- the grading scale of your education institution
- translations of these documents into English.
At this stage, your academic records don’t need to be verified by an official. Verified records are stamped and signed by a solicitor, a notary public or a Justice of the Peace. Their signature confirms that your academic record is genuine.
Applying for PhD study
Scholarship applicants may apply to undertake doctoral studies in any of the identified sectors. You must, however, be able to show that there are employment opportunities on your return that require you to undertake unsupervised post-doctoral research, or to teach at degree level. You must also be able to show how your proposed research proposal will benefit your country. PhD scholarship applicants who make it to the interview stage will need to provide evidence at the interview that they have either secured a supervisor or are in active discussions with a potential supervisor.
PhD and Master’s by Thesis applicants must describe their proposed research
If you apply for a PhD scholarship or a Master’s scholarship (by thesis), on your application form you need to describe:
- your proposed PhD or Master’s research
- your proposed approach to your research
- For PhD applicants: the employment opportunities on your return that will require you to undertake unsupervised post-doctoral research, or to teach at degree level
- For PhD applicants: how your proposed research proposal will benefit your country.