The purpose of the scholarships is set out in the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (external link), with the following key principles to:
- promote mutual cooperation and share educational experience among all Commonwealth countries
- be available across the Commonwealth
- recognise and promote the highest level of intellectual achievement.
The following Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply:
|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, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.|
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
Applications open 15 February and must arrive at your country’s Commonwealth Nominating Agency by 30 March, 2017.
The application process for a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship is different to other New Zealand Scholarships. Please read the below section carefully before you submit an application.
Step 1: Confirm suitability
- Check that meet all eligibility criteria (external link)
- Read about our scholarships – why New Zealand offers scholarships and what you can expect
- Read your country page and ensure your application is aligned with the priority sectors for your country- your choice of study must align to one of these sectors in order to be eligible.
- Understand our selection preferences for scholars
- Understand what we expect from you if you win a scholarship – what you will need to do during your study and after you graduate.
- Do your research about which institution and qualification is right for you and the development needs of your country. For more information, see Where you can study and What you can study, as well as Study in New Zealand (external link). (external link)
- Those who wish to pursue doctoral studies are also recommended to start contacting and securing a potential supervisor for your PhD. You must have a Letter of Support from a supervisor should you be shortlisted.
Step 2: Complete your application form
Download and print the Application Form
Additional copies may also be available at your local nominating agency or at selected New Zealand High Commissions.
Refer to the Application Guidance page on this website for essential information and helpful tips.
Complete all sections of the application form, and make sure you have attached the additional documents required.
Step 3: Submit to your nominating agency
Deliver to your country’s nominating agency by 30 March, 2017.
Note: any applications received directly from applicants will not be considered.
What happens after I apply?
Nominating agencies will review all applications received and select the two candidates that best meet the eligibility conditions, preference factors and priority sectors for their country. In May, we will contact you via email if you have been nominated.
All shortlisted candidates will be assessed, interviewed and undergo reference checks through the New Zealand Scholarships office.
A final decision will be made by 11 October, 2017. Preferred candidates will be notified and go through the placement process at their selected institution. Once successfully placed, they will officially become New Zealand Commonwealth scholars.