New Zealand Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina
Information for Latin America and the Caribbean for study commencing in 2014
The New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) scheme offers the opportunity to undertake development-related studies at tertiary education institutions in New Zealand.
NZDS are a central part of the New Zealand Government’s development assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean.
The New Zealand Aid programme offers NZDS awards to citizens from Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Trinidad & Tobago, and Venezuela.
The purpose of the NZDS scheme is for scholarship holders to gain knowledge and skills in specific subject areas that will assist in the development of their home country by contributing to identified human resource development training needs. It is a pre-condition of accepting a NZDS award that scholarship holders return to their home country for a minimum period of two years.
For the 2014 Academic year NZDS scholarships will be offered at postgraduate level for study related to Sustainable Economic Development with preference given to study in sectors of:
- Agriculture development; and
- Geothermal development.
Type, level and number of scholarships
The NZDS is directed to public sector, private sector and civil society (including NGO) candidates who independently apply for a scholarship, and who meet the eligibility and selection criteria outlined below.
The scholarships are offered for full-time, postgraduate study at the Postgraduate Diploma, Masters or Doctorate (PhD) levels. Study at PhD level will only be considered where particularly strong development relevance is demonstrated.
New Zealand will offer 14 scholarships with as equitable a spread as possible across all eligible countries, for study beginning in the 2014 academic year.
Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as the New Zealand Government attempts to ensure gender equity among scholarship holders.
Applicants with relevant paid or unpaid work experience, for example in public, private sector, development organisations, civil society/non-government organisations (NGOs), will be prioritised.
Applicants must meet the following NZDS eligibility criteria before their application will be considered against the selection criteria.
To be eligible to be considered for a NZDS, applicants must:
- be a citizen of Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Trinidad & Tobago, and Venezuela (i.e. permanent residents are not eligible to apply);
- be residing in their country of citizenship, preferably for at least two years prior to application;
- not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand or Australia or another developed country ;
- not be married or engaged to be married to a person who holds, or who is eligible to hold, citizenship or permanent residence of New Zealand, Australia or another developed country;
- be 40 years or under before the scholarship start date;
- be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for one already commenced in New Zealand or another country ;
- not have completed, or nearly completed, a qualification at a similar level (i.e. applicants must apply for a higher level qualification than any previously attained), unless strong developmental relevance is demonstrated;
- satisfy the admission requirements of the New Zealand education institution at which the qualification is to be undertaken, including English language criteria;
- have been working in their home country, preferably for at least two years prior to application, including since completing their highest tertiary qualification gained to date;
- be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the public or private or community sector (as relevant), and to their home country’s development in general; and
- be able to take up the scholarship in the academic year for which it is offered.
- Applicants cannot:
- be studying full-time at post-secondary level;
- be transferring from another tertiary scholarship (either in New Zealand or in another country) to a NZDS;
- hold, or have held, a New Zealand Government or Australian Government scholarship in the 24 months preceding the scholarship start date; or
- have been terminated from a New Zealand or Australian Government scholarship previously.
Applicants are expected to continue residing in their home country during the NZDS application and selection process. If offered a NZDS, candidates must:
- be able to satisfy Immigration New Zealand requirements for international student entry to New Zealand (i.e. medical checks and police clearances/character checks, etc);
- not hold another scholarship during the period of the NZDS; and
- agree in writing that they will return to their home country for a minimum period of two years following completion of their scholarship in order to contribute to their country’s social or economic development.
English language requirements
New Zealand tertiary education institutions set their own admission requirements for English language proficiency. As a guide, most New Zealand education institutions require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, for postgraduate level study. Some postgraduate qualifications may require a higher score. All applicants should check the IELTS or TOEFL score required for admission to their selected New Zealand education institution.
Applicants with an IELTS score 0.5 below the entry requirement and who have a strong academic record may be considered for bridging English Language Training of up to one Semester in length. Failure to meet the IELTS requirement at the end of this bridging period will result in a termination or downgrade of their award.
It is mandatory for candidates to provide the original copy of their IELTS or TOEFL exam result as a pre-condition of placement. Results must be no older than 24 months at the time of the scholarship start date.
New Zealand Development Scholarships are available for study at the following institutions:
- University of Auckland
- Auckland University of Technology
- University of Waikato
- Massey University
- Victoria University of Wellington
- University of Canterbury
- Lincoln University
- University of Otago
In order for the application to be considered, applicants must:
- complete an NZDS application form (available from a New Zealand Embassy, http://www.aid.govt.nz/, or New Zealand education institutions);
- indicate the level and field of study required, and the preferred education institution (For more information on study options in New Zealand please visit http://www.nzeducated.com or the eligible New Zealand education institute’s webpage.);
- attach to the application form an original or certified copy of the documents necessary to substantiate educational qualifications (i.e. full academic transcript and completion certificate), and an official translation of each document in English;
- attach to the application form three references (no more than 24 months old) on official letterhead, supporting the application to study in New Zealand under a NZDS. One reference should be from a current employer and one from a former academic supervisor or lecturer;
- ensure the relevant section of the application form has been signed and stamped by their employer;
- ensure all other relevant supporting documents have been included, including the original and current IELTS or TOEFL exam result; and
- forward the completed original application form and all relevant supporting documentation, plus one photocopy of the completed application form and all supporting documents, to the New Zealand education institute where you wish to complete your study.
All applications must be completed in English, with certified true copies of official English translations (where the original document is not in English) attached to the NZDS application form and must be received by the preferred New Zealand education institute by that institution’s closing date. Please note that closing dates vary by institution and level of study with closing dates between 30 April 2013 and 1 June 2013.
Applicants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela may forward application forms to the New Zealand Embassy in their country, or to the nearest New Zealand Embassy accredited to their country, for the Embassy to forward on behalf of the student.
Once received by the New Zealand institute:
- The relevant education institution will assess each application for admission to the institution. Applicants who meet the institution’s admission criteria will have their application sent on to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for consideration.
- The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will consider all submitted New Zealand Development Scholarships applications for selection.
- Some candidates may be interviewed as part of the selection process.
- The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will advise the institution of the outcome in September 2013.
- The education institution will inform successful candidates in September 2013, and then assist them with their travel arrangements to New Zealand.
- Successful candidates commence their studies around February 2014.
In addition to the eligibility criteria above, candidates’ applications will be considered against the following selection criteria:
- the proposed study programme links to an identified priority sustainable economic development sector for their home country eg agriculture or geothermal development;
- the applicant clearly demonstrates the developmental relevance and applicability of their proposed study programme to the human resource development training needs of their country;
- the applicant has a strong academic background. Applicants for postgraduate study must hold a recognised Bachelors degree of good standard. (Note: Preference is given to candidates who do not already hold a degree from a developed country);
- consideration of gender equity, including efforts to ensure the scholarships are offered equitably between male and female candidates;
- the applicant must not have applied for New Zealand or Australian permanent residency;
- the applicant clearly demonstrates their links and commitment to their home country (e.g. services to their community, ability to influence change in a key development sector etc), supported by references. The proposed study programme must be relevant to:
- recent paid and/or unpaid (volunteer) work experiences ;
- the training needs of the employing organisation; and
- identified employment opportunities on completion of their study.
consideration of other factors which will contribute to the success of their studies (e.g. good character, positive study attitude and motivation to succeed).
New Zealand Development Scholarships must be taken in the year for which they are offered and cannot be transferred to the next academic year.
If offered a scholarship, travel to New Zealand is subject to a visa being issued by Immigration New Zealand.
Information on NZDS allowances and entitlements, and conditions of the NZDS, is provided on the scholarships pages of the New Zealand Aid Programme’s website.
The scholarships include financial support for tuition, living costs while in New Zealand, and airfares. Applicants may also be entitled to return travel to their home country to see dependant family members under the Reunion Airfare Entitlement Scholarship awardees are eligible to work part time, and the partners of students are eligible for a work visa that allows them to live and work in New Zealand for the duration of their partner’s study. However, there is no additional funding provided for the awardee’s family members to support family members accompany the awrdee to New Zealand.
Applicants must not seek or apply for New Zealand or Australian permanent residency or a work permit while on scholarship or in the two years following completion of the scholarship.
Note: The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has the right to make a final decision on the offering of scholarships. The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has the right to amend terms and conditions of New Zealand Aid Programme scholarships. Amendments will be posted on the website http://www.aid.govt.nz/funding-and-contracts/scholarships
Addresses for further information
Auckland University of Technology
International Student Centre, Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
University of Auckland
International Office, University of Auckland
PO Box 92019
International Office, Unitec
Private Bag 92025
University of Waikato
Waikato International, University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
International Office, Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria International, Victoria University
PO Box 600
University of Canterbury
International Office, University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
PO Box 94 Lincoln 7647
University of Otago
International Office, University of Otago
PO Box 56