New Zealand ASEAN Scholar Awards 2017

Sponsored by: New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade
Deadline30 March 2017, 12pm (midday) NZ Time
Organisation TypeGovernment Agencies
Fund TypeScholarship
Study Local or Abroad?Local


The New Zealand ASEAN Scholarships (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. NZAS are offered for postgraduate level study only.



Candidates must meet all the New Zealand Scholarships eligibility criteria.

  • Will be at least 18 years old at the time you start the scholarship. 
  • A citizen of a participating country (as listed above) and you are residing in and applying for a scholarship from your country of citizenship. 
  • Confirm that you are 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 2017, your country will have been your 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).
  • Confirm that you are not currently serving in the military.
  • Expect to meet immigration requirements for a student visa to New Zealand or the Pacific Island country you will study in (i.e. medical checks, etc.).  Check the following websites for further information:
  • Expect to meet the academic entry requirements (including English language ability) for your preferred programme of study and institution. Refer to the website of your preferred institution to confirm entry requirements.
  • Confirm that you have not previously had a New Zealand Scholarship terminated because of poor academic performance (within the past 5 years) or breach of scholarship contract.
  • Intend to return to your country for two years or more at the end of your scholarship to contribute to your country’s development.
  • Have at least one year full-time (two year’s part-time) work experience relevant to your career and/or preferred qualification unless you are applying straight from secondary school or during your first year of tertiary study (for countries offered undergraduate study).

Online eligibility test for online applications

The Online Eligibility Test (external link) is part of the online application process, and will show you if you can apply for the New Zealand ASEAN Scholar Awards 2017.

The test will give you an 'Eligibility Code' which is needed for your online application. 

More information on the application process is on How to apply and Application Guidance pages.


Qualification Types

New Zealand ASEAN Scholarships are available for the following qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (6 months)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)
  • Masters Degree (1 – 2 years)
  • PhD (up to 3.5 years)


Priority sectors

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:

Agriculture development

  • Agri-business management: agricultural economics, 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

Renewable energy

  • Solar, hydro-electric and wind energy, energy engineering, renewable energy distribution systems, energy sector management/reform, including energy economics and financials

Disaster risk management

  • Disaster preparedness and response, emergency management
  • Disaster risk reduction: hazard and vulnerability assessment, risk management, natural resource management, environmental management, geology, geotechnical engineering, water resource management
  • Climate change adaptation, land use planning & development

Public sector management/governance

  • Economic policy: public financial management/reform, government budgeting, tax reform, public sector auditing, statistics, demography
  • Education: policy, sector management and reform
  • Public sector leadership: public administration, public policy and management, public sector governance, human resource capacity development, information managment
  • 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.


Selection Preferences

We are guided by both the Priority Sectors (above) and Selection Preferences when shortlisting candidates. 

Make sure you understand our Selection Preferences.


Scholarship Deadline

The online application portal is under heavy stress in the days before applications close, so don't leave your application to the last minute.

  • Get your application in at least 3-7 days before the closing time in case there are technical problems with the online application portal.
  • We accept no responsibility for technical problems with the online process.
  • Late applications are not accepted.
  • Application deadline is in New Zealand Time. Applications close at midday (NZ Time), not midnight.

Applications close: 30 March 2017, 12pm (midday) NZ Time


How to Apply

See the How to Apply page for details.


Contact us

We get many enquiries that can be answered by reading the extensive information on our website. For example, see Eligibility, How to Apply or frequently asked questions.

For questions which are not answered by the information on this website, submit an online enquiry here (external link).

Regional contact:

New Zealand High Commission
Level 21, Menara IMC
8 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +60 3 2078 4612



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