International Scholarships for South African Students: New Zealand Aid Programme 2020

March 3, 2019

The New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade is offering its International Scholarship Programmes for the year 2020. The scholarship programme is being offered through the Ministry’s New Zealand Aid Programme. In addition, the scholarship is available in two separate programmes: the New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship and New Zealand Scholarship for International Tertiary Students.

New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarship for South African Students

The two scholarship programmes currently available to South African applicants slightly vary in the study programmes offered, territories included and application processes.

New Zealand Scholarship for International Tertiary Students

This scholarship programme is largely available to postgraduate Master’s studies at any recognized New Zealand tertiary level institution. Only 10% of the scholarship is awarded to Phd students. Those who are awarded this scholarship are expected to pursue any of the fields of study listed below:

  • Government Services
  • Public Management
  • Policy and Governance
  • Public Policy
  • Agribusiness, Agricommerce or Agricultural Management
  • Dairy Systems
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Rural Development
  • Energy Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Energy Efficiency

As full awardees of this international scholarship programme, the chosen applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • Tuition fee coverage
  • Weekly stipend of NZ$ 491
  • Establishment fee of NZ$ 3000 to cover book fees, lodging expenses, etc.
  • Medical insurance once in New Zealand
  • Airfare travel from South Africa to New Zealand and back (start and end of the scholarship)
  • Depending on the length of the scholarship, airfare is provided for one to two trips back home
  • Travel insurance coverage
  • Financial assistance to cover for research and thesis expenses

Requirements or Eligibility

For New Zealand Scholarship for International Tertiary Students Programme applicants, an Eligibility Test is required.

Click on the link below and accomplish the online questionnaire completely and accurately.


Applicants for the New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship Programme are required to meet the following basic requirements:

  • At least 18 years old at the start of the scholarship
  • A citizen of South Africa
  • Willing to study in a New Zealand tertiary level institution
  • Must meet New Zealand student visa requirements
  • Not in the military at the present
  • Must have at least one year (or two years part-time) working experience related to the scholarship study
  • Must not have forfeited any New Zealand scholarship grants in the last five years due to low academic results or breach of student scholarship code of conduct
  • Must be committed in returning home and stay for at least two years and be able to contribute to the nation’s progress

How to Apply

NZ Scholarship for International Tertiary Students will need to accomplish the Eligibility Test before going through the application process. Applicants will also need to upload the following documents:

  • Copy of academic records/transcript
  • Educational institution’s grading scale
  • Documents must be in English

Once ready, click here and register an account to be able to apply online.

For New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship Programme applicants, download the application DHET-New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship 2020 Application Form.

DHET-New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship 2020 Application Form

Completed application forms must be submitted along with the required documents to: internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za

Opening and Closing Dates

The application process for the NZ Scholarship for International Tertiary Students will close on 14 March 2019.

Applicants for the NZ Commonwealth Scholarship Programme can submit their application until 28 March 2019.

Contact Information

For enquiries about the scholarship programmes, click on the link and fill out the enquiry form:


For more information about these scholarship programmes offered by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, click the link to its website below:


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