New Zealand Embassy Mexico City

Short-Term Training Awards (STTA)

Short-Term Training Awards provide an opportunity for individuals working in certain countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to undertake short duration (up to a maximum of one year) training in New Zealand.

The objective of the STTA is to assist in building the capacity of development-focussed institutions working on projects, programmes and processes that are consistent with the “promotion of sustainable development in developing countries, in order to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world” through the transfer of knowledge and skills where New Zealand has the expertise, experience and capacity to assist.

STTAs awardees must have a strong focus on sustainable economic development and demonstrate a commitment to the promotion and protection of gender equity, human rights and environmental sustainability.

Programmes will be prioritised if they have a strong focus on agricultural development, or target other areas of New Zealand’s comparative advantage e.g. oceans, fisheries, law of the sea, disaster risk management, parliamentary assistance, good governance, renewable energy and other issues relevant to small island developing states. Applicants should demonstrate that the benefits of training will be distributed more widely within the applicants’ organisation, country and/or region.

Eligible Countries

Citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela are eligible to apply. Applicantions from Cuba and other Caribbean countries may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Eligible Applicants

The STTA programme is open to persons working in key areas in: central government ministries, departments, and agencies; local government departments and agencies; independent government entities; non-governmental organisations (NGOs); educational and research and development institutions; and multilateral agencies.

Applicants will be required to return to their home country on completion of their programme to demonstrate the application of their new skills and knowledge in support of the development of their home country.

How to apply

To apply, applicants must choose an eligible programme then fill out the application form (below). Send completed application forms to the Embassy's scholarships officer at .

Preliminary applications may be accepted at any time during the year; there is no deadline for application for a Short Term Training Award. However, applications must be received no less than eight weeks prior to the beginning of the intended course of study, and where possible a longer application period is advised to ensure that an appropriate placement is able to be made.

For more information – including the application process, criteria, programme eligibility, costs and general conditions – please go to the New Zealand Aid Programme website. 

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