New Zealand Embassy Manila, The Philippines



New Zealand ASEAN Scholars awards

The New Zealand ASEAN Scholars awards empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to economic, social and political development within the ASEAN region.

The New Zealand Aid Programme provides scholarships for eligible postgraduate students from the Philippines to undertake development-related studies at a tertiary institution in New Zealand.

The awards are for full-time postgraduate study (i.e. postgraduate diplomas, master degrees and doctorates) undertaken in New Zealand.  An indicative allocation of 18 scholarships is made available for Filipinos who wish to obtain a postgraduate degree in New Zealand commencing in 2015.

Selection criteria

The New Zealand-ASEAN Scholars awards are open to eligible candidates from the public, private and civil society sectors. This acknowledges the significant contribution of the private and civil society sectors to the country’s social and economic development, but also recognises the New Zealand Aid Programme’s objective of supporting the Philippine government to strengthen public service capacity.

Priority Sectors

  • Agriculture Development - agriculture, fisheries, dairy development, rural development, bio-security (protection of animal and plant health) and food science
  • Disaster Risk Management - emergency management, hazard assessment and management, climate change adaption, natural resource management, environmental management, geology ad land planning and development
  • Private Sector Development - trade and development, trade facilitation, market chain development, international trade, economics, improving the business-enabling environment, small and medium enterprise development) including Tourism (sustainable tourism, ecotourism, tourism management) and Renewable Energy.
  • Public Sector Management - governance, law, justice, legal and judicial reform, public administration, public policy and public sector management  
  • English Language Training


Applicants will be selected on merit, including the development benefits of their proposed course of study.  Not all the above themes can be addressed each year, but each year and over time attempts will be made to select candidates across a range of these themes.

Leadership and academic excellence

Applicants who can demonstrate leadership qualities and potential for future leadership will be given preference. Priority will also be given to applicants who have demonstrated high academic standards, especially in their undergraduate degree.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria before their applications are considered against the selection criteria, including any criteria specific to the Philippines.  At the minimum, to be eligible under the programme, applicants from the Philippines must:

  • be a Filipino citizen residing in the Philippines;
  • not be more than 40 years old at the scholarship start date;
  • not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand or Australia, or be married or engaged to be married to a person who holds, or who is eligible to hold, New Zealand or Australia citizenship or permanent residence status;
  • not hold, nor have held in the preceding 24 months at the time of application, a New Zealand Government or Australian Government scholarship;
  • be applying to commence a new programme of study and not be seeking support for one already begun;
  • be applying for a higher-level qualification than previously achieved;
  • have at least two years work experience relative to their chosen career;
  • be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the Philippine public, private or civil society sector (as relevant) and to the development of the Philippines in general;
  • have an unconditional offer for a postgraduate course at a participating New Zealand tertiary institution; and
  • be available to take up the scholarship in the calendar year for which the scholarship is offered.

In addition, applicants must:

  • be able to satisfy New Zealand Government requirements for international student entry to New Zealand (such as medical and character checks);
  • not hold any other scholarship during the period of the New Zealand-funded scholarship;
  • agree in writing that they will return to the Philippines for a minimum period of two years following completion of their scholarship in order to contribute to their country’s social or economic development.

Application process

Anyone applying for a New Zealand ASEAN Scholars award must identify their desired course of study and provide evidence of an unconditional offer of a place at a participating tertiary institutions in New Zealand.

There is no deadline in applying for admission to your selected institution, but this needs to be done well in advance. Processing times vary, but you may need to allow up to two months for the institution to process your admission application. Once you have received an unconditional offer of admission from a New Zealand institution, include it with your scholarship application to reach Bato Balani by 15 July 2014.

Applicants should submit an original and a copy of the application form completed in English, with a copy of the letter of offer from a participating tertiary institution in New Zealand, directly to the Bato Balnai Foundation. PhD students must also include evidence of correspondence with a potential supervisor.

Applications should be addressed and sent to:

New Zealand ASEAN Scholars awards
c/o Bato Balani Foundation, Inc.
6th Floor, PDCP Bank Centre
Rufino corner Leviste Streets
Salcedo Village, Makati City
1227 Philippines

For enquiries, please contact Reina Lino, NZAS Programme Administrator of Bato Balani Foundation Inc., at email address or telephone number (632) 892 5462.

Selection process

Applications are assessed and a shortlist is drawn up for consideration by a selection committee in Manila.  Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview as part of the selection process. The list of recommended candidates is submitted to a regional moderation committee for review and approval.

Indicative timetable


15 July

Deadline for applications (The embassy will not accept late and incomplete applications)

July – August

Formal screening and shortlisting
Panel interviews

August – September

List of recommended candidates submitted to the regional moderation committee


Final results and letters of offer sent to successful applicants

October - December

Pre-departure arrangements (visa application including undergoing required medical tests)



January - February

Pre-departure briefing and departure for New Zealand








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