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Fully Funded New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships

New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships for Pacific & Timor-Leste

  • New Zealand-certified training provider
  • Fully Funded
  • New Zealand
  • Approved Sectors
  • Pacific & Timor-Leste
  • February 28, 2021

Applications are invited for Fully Funded New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships for Pacific and Timor-Leste citizens to learn new skills in New Zealand.


The New Zealand Government offers scholarships to professionals from eligible countries to learn new skills in New Zealand. Scholars can use these skills to improve their own country.

New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships fund skills training and work experience for professionals from eligible Pacific countries and Timor-Leste for between a minimum of one week and up to 12 months.

Successful applicants will come to New Zealand to:

  • gain experience at a workplace, which may be a private or public sector entity or another organisation, or
  • attend a training course with a New Zealand-certified training provider.

Scholarships are available for:

  • Technical or vocational study (e.g. Certificate level)
  • Non-formal courses
  • Work experience (a work ‘placement’)
  • Diploma programmes (up to Level 6 of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework)
  • Approved maritime courses (at Level 7 of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework)

Applicant’s chosen training programme:

  • must align with the human resource development needs of your country, and
  • align with the following New Zealand priority themes and sectors:


Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Training-related costs
  • Return air travel
  • An one-off establishment allowance on arrival
  • Residential/Accommodation expenses
  • Weekly allowance to cover basic living costs
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the scholarship
  • Travel insurance
  • Approved visa expenses


To be eligible for New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships, applicants must:

  • Be citizen of one of the following countries or territories: 
    Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
  • From the date my application is submitted, have lived in my country of citizenship for the last two years or more.
    Exception for diplomatic corps and their family: A member of the diplomatic corps or a dependant of a member of the diplomatic corps, living outside their own country, can apply for a Scholarship.
  • Not be a citizen or permanent resident of any of the following countries: 
    New Zealand, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, any European Union country, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom or the United States of America.
    Exceptions: People from the following countries and territories are eligible to apply:
    • Niue and Tokelau, even though they are New Zealand citizens.
    • French Pacific Territories, even though they are French citizens.
    • New Zealand-Samoan and Timor-Leste-Portuguese dual citizens.
  • Be at least 18 years old at the time I start the scholarship.
  • Not be currently serving in the military.
  • Within the last five years, have not had a New Zealand Scholarship terminated.
  • Have at least one year of full-time or two years of part-time work experience (paid, unpaid or voluntary) that relates to my career and/or my proposed training programme.


For New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships, applicants are required to submit:

  • A certified copy of the personal pages of your passport (or an alternative form of photo identification if you do not hold a passport).
  • A Current Curriculum Vitae (in English).
  • A current job description stating your position title and outlining your responsibilities and duties, if you are employed (in English).
  • Certified copes of academic transcripts and completion certificates (in English) for all qualifications have completed or are completing (where applicable), including the grade assessment schedule used at each institution.
  • Where available, certified copies of International English proficiency test results, such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), from within the last 18 months; or
  • Evidence of completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction; or
  • Evidence of completion of five years of secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction.

NOTE: Applications opening and closing dates for New Zealand Scholarship vary for countries.

Contact your local New Zealand Embassy or High Commission at any time for the scholarship application dates and to get the application form. Embassy and High Commission staff can help you to complete the application form.