Indian students who are interested to pursue their masters or post graduate diploma courses or Ph. D in New Zealand should consider the Commonwealth Scholarship program. It is offered by Official Development Assistance, providing the additional support many students seek. It is offered to students from developing nations all over the world. Students who have been awarded the scholarship program can opt to study either in University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington, University of Waikato, Massey University, Auckland University of Technology, University of Otago or Lincoln University.
There are a few courses which the students can opt from which are covered by the scholarship program. They are scattered across the Ph.D., Masters or Post Graduate Diploma across streams such as Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Fisheries, Biosecurity and Food Safety.
The scholarship program gives an allowance of NZ$1,500 and covers travel expenses, visa processing fee, tuition fees, institutional course cost, living expense, medical and travel insurance charges as well. It also sponsors a travel called reunion travel which allows students to travel to their home country if they have a dependent there.
In order to apply for this scholarship the student should be within 40 years of age as on 31st May of the year of application and should have scored more than 65% in bachelor’s or master’s degree. They should be citizens of commonwealth developing nations and should have been residing in their home country for a minimum of two years prior to the date of application. The student cannot transfer from one tertiary scholarship program to the commonwealth scholarship program and should not have been terminated from a New Zealand or Australian government scholarship previously.
The given format should be followed while sending in the application and recent passport size photographs should be sent along with the application. The application form can be downloaded from the site http://www.education.nic.in and the filled in application form is to be sent to
Section Officer (ES.4 Section),
Ministry of Human Resource Development,
Department of Higher Education,
West Block-I, Wing-6, 2nd Floor, R.K. Puram,
Even if you send the application online, you have to send an attested hard copy to the above mentioned address with all the required documents. The last date for applying is usually by end of May. So, get cracking on that higher education program you have your eye set on, and apply without wasting any time.