New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship

Conducted By : Government of New Zealand
March 28 2018   Scholarship   Post Graduate, Ph.D.   India
 About New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship
  • The New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship offers scholarships to people from developing countries who are motivated to make a difference at home.
  • New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship 2018 is offered for Environmental Studies and Agriculture and Fisheries courses at Masters and Ph.D. Levels. It is a fully funded scholarship.
  • The Government of New Zealand will provide for the scholar's boarding, lodging, medical care and expenditure on tuition and other fees etc. 
  • The Scholarship will be offered to the candidates for Master’s and for Ph.D. courses and the application has to be made online at MHRD's website
  • If the candidate is shortlisted by MHRD for the interview then they need to submit their research proposal along with the application form at the time of interview. 
  • The interview will be taken by MHRD and the research proposal & the application form of the nominated candidates would be sent to the concerned authority in New Zealand and they would be the final decision maker in selecting the candidates for the scholarship.

Eligible Countries:  The following Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

  • In African continent: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, ZambiaCaribbean: Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • In Asian continent: Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
  • Pacific: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Entrance Requirements: New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships are available for the following postgraduate qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree (1 – 2 years)
  • Ph.D. (up to 3.5 years)

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.

Academic Qualifications:

  • Candidates who have already been abroad for study/training or research and living in India for more than 2 years (on April 01, 2018) are eligible for the scholarship
  • Candidate must agree to return to their country for a minimum period of 2 years to contribute to their country’s development 
  • For Employed Candidates: Must get ‘No Objection Certificate’ from their employer and in case of Government Employee, must clear Cadre 
  • An offer letter/ conditional offer letter from a New Zealand University is necessary for the applicant to be accepted for the scholarship 
  • The candidates who have already completed Ph.D. in India or abroad cannot apply for this scholarship
 Reward Description

Reward from New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship 2018:

  • Tuition Fee: The scholarship covers the complete tuition fee of the institution or university
  • Living Allowance: Living allowance which will be paid fortnightly
  • Insurance: Medical insurance and Travel Insurance
  • Air Fare: Economy class fare between India and New Zealand
  • Other Support: Pastoral and Academic Support at the institution. Establishment Allowance will be offered to the candidates
  • Academic Support: Research and Thesis cost for many postgraduate research students
  • Support for Family: All the expenses need to be paid by the scholars themselves but some facilities will be provided to them, such as Work Visa. Access to New Zealand Health Care.
  • Primary and Secondary education. For family members from Pacific, some candidates might get an additional dependent allowance

Note: Candidate must not hold any other scholarship along with the New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship

 Application Process
  • No application needs to be sent via email or any other medium.
  • Along with applying online, candidates also need to fill the New Zealand Scholarship Application Form and deposit 2 copies of the same at the time of the interview. 
  • Candidates must submit their research proposal or study plan in 500 words describing their proposed research topic. Online Application on MHRD's Website
  • Documents to be uploaded Date of Birth Proof: Self-attested copy of Date of Birth Certificate/ Class 10th Certificate or any other relevant document indicating the date of Birth
  • Academic Records: Self-attested scanned copies of certificate, degree, mark sheets or any other qualifying examination
  • Official Explanation adopted by University: the Official explanation of the grades as per the system adopted by the University or Institution
  • Language Proficiency: A self-attested copy of documents showing the required level of language proficiency
 Selection Process

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship Selection Process: 

  • From the candidates who applied for the scholarship, MHRD will conduct interviews to shortlist some applicants
  • Just fulfilling the minimum requirements stated above does not ensure that the candidate will be called for interview
  • The applications of the shortlisted candidates will be forwarded to the Government of New Zealand for Final Selection
  • The Final selection of the Candidates will be done by the Government of New Zealand
  • The Decision made will be Final and No objection regarding the same will be entertained
  • All the information regarding the shortlisted applicants will be made available on the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Website
  • The candidates are requested to regularly check their emails and MHRD’s website for an update regarding the scholarship
 Contact Details
  • Address: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Shastri Bhavan,(2) Jeevan Deep Building, Parliament Street & (3) West Block No.1, New Delhi-110001
  • Phone: 011-23383936 Fax: 011-23381355/23384271