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New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships for Commonwealth Countries



New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship Invitation: Applications are currently ongoing for the New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships (Masters and PhD) for Commonwealth Countries. Interested students can see the details and apply if eligible.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships for Commonwealth Countries

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship Details and FAQs

Financial support opportunities for African students are not as common in New Zealand compared to countries like UK. However there are scholarship programmes students from Africa can partake in. Prospective students who want to study for Masters or PhD in New Zealand can take advantage of few scholarship programmes offered in this country.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The CSFP was established at the first Commonwealth education conference in 1959 and is reviewed by education ministers at their triennial meetings – the only scholarship scheme in the world to receive such high-level recognition.

When is the application deadline?

28th March 2019

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

  • Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.
  • Caribbean: Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • Asia (Other) Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • Pacific: Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

In which host country will the awardees be studying?

New Zealand

What is the category of this opportunity?

  • Master’s
  • PhD

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

Applicants must meet the following conditions to be eligible for a New Zealand Scholarship (An update on this situation will be given on Monday 4 February 2019):

  • Be a member of a Commonwealth country
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing your scholarship.
  • Be able to satisfy Immigration requirements for international student entry to New Zealand or the country in which you will undertake your scholarship (i.e. medical checks, police clearances/character checks, etc.)
  • Be academically and linguistically able to obtain an Offer of Place for the proposed programme of study from the tertiary institute where you will undertake your scholarship.
  • Not have been previously terminated from a New Zealand Government Scholarship
  • Seek a qualification that will contribute to the sustainable development of your home country
  • Commit to return to your country for a minimum of 2 years at the end of your scholarship.

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

New Zealand has first-rate education institutions that offer world-recognised qualifications. Successful applicants will have access to excellent academic knowledge in quality facilities. The scholarships include financial support for tuition, living costs while in New Zealand, and airfares. 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.

What is the duration of the scholarship?

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships are available for the following postgraduate qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree (1 – 2 years)
  • PhD (up to 3.5 years)

How to Apply for the New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

Read the Commonwealth section of the How to Apply page carefully before you submit an application.

Scholarship Webpage


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