APPLY NOW For New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

New Zealand Government is pleased to offer Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan in 2017 academic session. Scholarships will be awarded to undertake Master’s or PhD studies in New Zealand. New Zealand Scholarships empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to economic, social and political development within selected developing countries.

The CSFP was established at the first Commonwealth education conference in 1959 and is reviewed by education ministers at their triennial meetings. The CSFP is the only scholarship scheme in the world to receive such high-level recognition.

Applicants must be applying for direct entry to a Masters or PhD programme at a New Zealand university. As a general rule, for those wishing to complete a postgraduate qualification an overall IELTS score of 6.5 and no band less than 6.0 is the minimum required.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing Master’s or PhD studies in New Zealand.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in the subjects that are a priority for each country.

Scholarship Award: The entitlements of the Scholarship include full tuition fees, a living allowance (paid fortnightly), an establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance, travel between applicants home country and New Zealand at the start and end of scholarship, home leave or reunion travel for some eligible scholars, pastoral and academic support at applicants institution, and assistance with research and thesis costs for most postgraduate research students.

  • A top quality education at one of New Zealand’s world-class tertiary institutes or a major Pacific education institution.
  • Fully funded tuition
  • Financial support including a fortnightly living allowance, an establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance, travel to and from home country at the start and end of scholarship, home leave or reunion travel for some students, and assistance with research and thesis costs for most postgraduate research students.
  • Personal and academic support: They have international student advisors to help and support applicants with any issues with their scholarship, study or well-being. When studying in New Zealand applicants will also have the assurance of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students which sets minimum standards to ensure international students in New Zealand are well informed, safe and properly cared for by their education provider.
  • Help getting prepared: To help aapplicants get prepared for studying in New Zealand, applicants will have a pre departure briefing in their home country, and applicants will get support when they arrive in New Zealand. They also offer a programme in New Zealand to help applicants prepare for academic studies here.

Eligibility: If offered a Commonwealth Scholarship, candidates must:

  • Applications must include an offer of place, even a conditional offer of place, from a New Zealand university.
  • Applicants must make an early application for entry to a New Zealand university for their chosen programme of study to secure an offer of place.
  • Applicants must be applying for direct entry to a masters or PhD programme at a New Zealand university.
  • An offer of place from a New Zealand university must be for a Masters or PhD programme.

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must be applying for direct entry to a Masters or PhD programme at a New Zealand university.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: As a general rule, for those wishing to complete a postgraduate qualification an overall IELTS score of 6.5 and no band less than 6.0 is the minimum required.

International Fellowships

Supporting Material: In addition to the application form applicants need to provide an offer of place from a New Zealand institution and copies of their academic transcripts.

How to Apply: Applicants must send their completed applications to the Nominating Agency for their country, not to Universities NZ or to MFAT.

Application Form

Scholarship Application Deadline: Each Nominating Agency has been asked to set the closing date for applications for their country. To find out the closing date for their country applicants should contact their Nominating Agency.

Scholarship Link

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