The deadline for applications is February 28, 2023.
Applications are now open for the Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship. New Zealand offers scholarships to eligible citizens from developing countries to study abroad at a New Zealand education institution, university, or Pacific university. Applications are for study in 2024 and will be accepted by scholars in eligible countries across the Pacific, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Eligible African countries
Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Djibouti, Eswatini, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- To apply for a Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship, you must be 18 or older when you start your scholarship. If you are 17 years of age when you apply, you must have reached your 18th birthday before starting your scholarship in the first semester.
- Successful scholarship applicants must meet the academic entry and English language requirements determined by each educational institution.
- Postgraduate scholarship applicants and applicants who finished high school more than three years ago must have relevant work experience. Work experience can be paid, unpaid, or voluntary and must meet the following criteria:
- One year of full-time work experience (i.e., 30 hours or more per week), or
- Two years of part-time work experience (i.e., up to 29 hours per week)
Financial support for scholars
With a full Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship, scholars studying in New Zealand receive the following:
- Full tuition fees.
- Living allowance (a stipend) of NZ$531 per week. This will help with a scholar’s basic living expenses. If you begin your study program online in your home country, your stipend will be adjusted to reflect the difference in living costs worldwide.
- An establishment allowance of NZ$3000. This is to help with setup costs in New Zealand. For example, you can use it for accommodation expenses, textbooks, or other study materials.
- Medical insurance when you are in New Zealand.
- Tutoring costs up to NZ$1000 to assist with additional tutoring while you are studying if needed.
- Travel to and from your own country. This is for travel from your own country at the start, and return travel at the end of your scholarship.
- Travel insurance.
- Travel home during your scholarship. Scholars studying for over 1.6 years are entitled to travel home to visit family. We usually allow for one or two trips, depending on the length of your scholarship. However, this is subject to border settings and other restrictions.
- Managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ): This is no longer required when entering New Zealand. We will provide support towards the costs of MIQ upon your return to your home country if this is mandatory and your home government does not already cover this cost.
- Reimbursement for the costs of COVID-19 vaccinations if required by your study country or transit country and for the costs of any COVID-19 pre-departure tests. Please note: costs will not be reimbursed for dependent family members. Scholars must meet the requirements stipulated by national governments and/or airlines about the type of COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 pre-departure test deemed acceptable. MFAT will only cover costs if a charge has occurred and a receipt is provided.
- Reintegration allowance of NZ$1000. This is to help with setup costs upon your return to your home country.
- Help with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate students.
Recommended Research Subjects
Climate Change and Resilience
Food Security and Agriculture
- Farm management
- Agricultural technology
- Dairy systems
- Agriculture or horticulture management
- Rural development
- Supply chain management
- Geothermal, solar, hydroelectric, and wind energy
- Energy Engineering
- Renewable energy distribution systems and technologies
- Market reform and sector management, including energy economics,
- Energy efficiency
- Climate policy
- Government, public policy, public management, policy, and governance
Scholarship start dates
For tertiary study in New Zealand:
- Due to previous border closures and visa restrictions, we are currently aiming for deferred scholars and those selected in 2022 to start their studies in New Zealand in Semester 1, 2023, or later.
- Your educational institution will work with you to determine the earliest possible time to enter New Zealand and begin your studies. If there are any changes to your study date, your institution will contact you.
How to apply: