The New Zealand ASEAN Scholar Awards (NZAS) recognise New Zealand’s close cultural, economic, and geographic ties with Southeast Asia. They seek to empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to the economic, social, and political development of their region. These scholarships are offered for postgraduate level study only.
NZAS are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development programme. They are managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Aid Programme offers scholarships to people from Viet Nam who are motivated to make a difference at home.
Applications open from 1 February 2018 to 30 March 2018. Read Application dates for more information.
Applicants from all eligible countries must meet the following conditions to be eligible for a New Zealand Scholarship:
|I will be at least 18 years old at the time I start the scholarship.|
|I am a citizen of a participating country (as listed above) and I am residing in and applying for a scholarship from my country of citizenship.|
|I confirm that I am not also a citizen or permanent resident of any the following countries: New Zealand, Australia, Israel, South Korea, Japan, USA, any European Union country, Qatar, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. (Note: This criteria does not apply to people from Niue, Cook Islands and Tokelau who are New Zealand citizens, and it also does not apply to NZ-Samoan dual citizens.)|
|On 31 December 2018, my country will have been my main country of residence for the last two years or more (unless you are a member of the diplomatic corps or a dependent of a member of the diplomatic corps).|
|I confirm that I am not currently serving in the military.|
|I expect to meet immigration requirements for a student visa to New Zealand or the Pacific Island country I will study in (i.e. medical checks, etc.). Check the following websites for further information:
|I expect to meet the academic entry requirements (including English language ability) for my preferred programme of study and institution. Refer to the website of your preferred institution to confirm entry requirements.|
|I confirm that I have not previously had a New Zealand Scholarship terminated because of poor academic performance (within the past 5 years) or breach of scholarship contract.|
|I intend to return to my country for two years or more at the end of my scholarship to contribute to my country’s development.|
|I have at least one year full-time (two year’s part-time) work experience relevant to my career and/or preferred qualification unless I am applying straight from secondary school or during my first year of tertiary study (for countries offered undergraduate study).
(Part-time work is defined as up to 29 hours per week, Full-time work is defined as 30 plus hours per week).
We want scholars who are interested in studying subjects that can improve the social and economic development of your country. We’ve chosen priority sectors that can help your country and that New Zealand has expertise in.
If you can show that your study is connected to any of these sectors, you are more likely to be selected.
These are the priority sectors:
- Agri-business: agricultural economics, agri-business management, agricultural systems and management, rural development, logistics, supply chain and distribution management, value chain development, agriculture marketing, international agribusiness
- Agriculture production: animal science, veterinary nursing, plant science, horticultural science, soil science
- Agriculture trade and technology: phytosanitary, bio-security, biotechnology, agricultural trade
- Post-harvest: food production, food sciences/technology, post-harvest processing, food storage and packaging, food safety
- Solar, hydro-electric and wind energy, energy engineering and renewable energy distribution systems,
- Market reform and sector management, including energy economics and energy efficiency
Disaster risk management
- Reducing risk: hazard and vulnerability assessment, risk management, natural resource management, geology, geotechnical engineering, water resource management
- Readiness: disaster preparedness at national level or community level including public education
- Response: disaster response and emergency management
- Recovery: economic and social recovery from disasters
- Climate change adaptation: including planning for infrastructure, land use and water use
Public sector management
- Economic policy: public financial management, government budgeting, tax reform, public sector auditing, statistics, demography
- Education: policy, qualifications management and reform, educational quality assurance, meeting workforce needs
- Public sector leadership: legal reform, public administration, public policy and management, public sector leadership and governance, human resource capacity development, information management
- International trade and business, trade facilitation, trade policy
Private sector development
- Business/private sector management and leadership, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) development, entrepreneurship, marketing, accountancy
- Business finance, commerce
Read the What You Can Study page to see examples of qualifications for these subjects.
We are guided by both the Priority Sectors (above) and Selection Preferences when shortlisting candidates.
Make sure you understand our Selection Preferences. Including:
- Preference will be given for study at Masters level
- Under the ‘private sector development’ area, preference will be given to applicants interested in developing particular capabilities rather than generalist management and business administration
- Applications from across Viet Nam are welcome, including cities and rural areas, and from ethnic majority and minority groups
For questions which are not answered by the information on this website, submit an online enquiry here (external link).