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Short Term Training Awards for Pacific Region Candidates in New Zealand, 2019

Applications are invited for New Zealand Short Term Training Awards funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government’s international aid and development programme. Individuals from selected developing countries can undertake training of up to one year in duration in New Zealand.

New Zealand Short Term Training Awards give candidates from selected countries an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through study in specific subject areas which will assist in the development of their home country.



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The New Zealand Aid Programme delivers New Zealand’s official support for developing countries. The purpose of New Zealand’s aid is to develop shared prosperity and stability in the Pacific and beyond, drawing on the best of New Zealand’s knowledge and skills.

If applicants are awaiting the result of an IELTS or TOEFL test, they can note this on their application form.


  • Application Deadline: Throughout the year
  • Course Level: Awards are available for undertaking one year training in New Zealand (Training Certificate, Internship/work experience programme, graduate certificate and graduate diploma).
  • Study Subject: A wide range of short-term vocational and/or skills courses or work attachments are offered.
  • Award: The entitlements of the Scholarship include full tuition fees, a living allowance (paid fortnightly), an establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance, travel between their home country and New Zealand at the start and end of their scholarship, home leave or reunion travel for some eligible scholars, pastoral and academic support at their institution, and assistance with research and thesis costs for most postgraduate research students.
  • Number of Awards: Not given
  • Nationality: Pacific and ASEAN countries
  • The award can be taken in New Zealand


  • Eligible Countries: Applications for New Zealand-Short Term Training Awards (STTA) are welcome from the following countries:List of Counties: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Pacific Territories (Wallis and Futuna, New Caledonia and French Polynesia), Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Viet Nam
  • Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following conditions to be eligible for a New Zealand Scholarship:
    • Be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing your scholarship.
    • Be a citizen of the country from which you are applying for a scholarship.
    • Not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, European Union countries, United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, South Korea, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia.
    • Important note: this condition does not apply to applicants from the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue, or applicants from Samoa with dual Samoa-NZ citizenship.
    • Have resided in your home country for at least two years immediately prior to commencing your scholarship.
    • Important note:this condition does not apply to applicants who are members of the diplomatic corps or their dependants, and may not apply to applicants for Short Term Scholarships.
    • Have at least 2 years of work experience (part time or fulltime, paid or voluntary).
    • Important note:this condition does not apply to applicants from the Pacific who are applying for a pre-service scholarship -Not be serving military personnel.
    • Be able to satisfy Immigration requirements for international student entry to New Zealand or the country in which you will undertake your scholarship (i.e. medical checks, police clearances/character checks, etc.)
    • Be academically and linguistically able to obtain an Offer of Place for the proposed programme of study from the tertiary institute where you will undertake your scholarship.
    • Not have been previously terminated from a New Zealand government award
    • Seek a qualification that will contribute to the sustainable development of your home country
    • Commit to return to your country for a minimum of 2 years at the end of your scholarship.
  • 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.  

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Application Procedure:

How to Apply: Short Term Training The studentships are available throughout the year. Contact your relevant New Zealand High Commission or New Zealand Embassy to submit an application.

  • The New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships application process differs depending on which country you are from.
  • You may be able to apply all year round or within application opening and closing dates.
  • Contact your local New Zealand Embassy or High Commission at any time for the opportunity application dates and to get the application form.

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