New Zealand Development Scholarships for Developing Countries


Deadline: May-June 2013 (annual)
Study in:  New Zealand
Course starts AY 2014-2015



Brief description:


The New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) offers the opportunity for international students from selected developing countries to study in New Zealand.

The purpose of the scholarships is for candidates to gain knowledge and skills through post-graduate study in specific subject areas that will assist in the development of their home country. Awardees are required to return to their home country for at least two years after the completion of their scholarship to apply these new skills and knowledge in government, civil society, or private business organisations.

The scholarships are offered for full-time, tertiary level study (Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, or PhD) at participating education institutions.

 Host Institution(s):

The contact details and close-off dates to receive applications of each institution is found at this link.

 Field(s) of study:

 The scholarships cover studies related to education, health, rural livelihoods, governance, human rights, or economic development, depending on the human resource development training needs of the home government.

 Number of Awards:

Varies per country. See country information sheet for more information.

 Target group:

The scholarships are open to citizens of:

Africa: Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia,  Zimbabwe,  Ethiopia,  Botswana, Lesotho, Mozamobique, Namibia, Swaziland,  Mauritius

Asia: China, Mongolia, Nepal

Latin America: Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador,  Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

 Scholarship value/inclusions:

 The scholarships include financial support for tuition, living costs while in New Zealand, and airfares.


Applicants must meet the following New Zealand Development Scholarships eligibility criteria before their application will be considered against the selection criteria, including any region-specific criteria. Applicants are expected to continue residing in their home country during the Scholarship application and selection process.

To be eligible, you must:

• be a citizen of an New Zealand Development Scholarships participating country (permanent residents are not eligible to apply)

• be residing in your country of citizenship, preferably for at least two years prior to application

• not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand, Australia, or another developed country

• not be married or engaged to be married to a person who holds, or who is eligible to hold, citizenship or permanent residence of New Zealand, Australia or another developed country

• be aged 17 or over before the scholarship start date

• be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for a qualification already in progress in New Zealand or another country

• not have completed, or nearly completed, a qualification at a similar level (i.e. applicants must apply for a higher level qualification than any previously attained), unless strong developmental relevance is demonstrated

• satisfy the admission requirements of the New Zealand education institution at which the qualification is to be undertaken, including English language criteria

• have been working in your home country since completing their highest tertiary qualification gained to date, preferably for at least two years prior to application

• be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the relevant sector in your home country, and to your country’s development in general

• be able to take up the scholarship in the academic year for which it is offered.

 Application instructions:

 Application processes and timelines can vary depending on the country. For information about the application process please see the scholarship information page for your home country.

The application deadline varies but is around May to June each year.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Global Scholarships for International Students at York University Source Canada,Bachelor Programm

York University
Bachelors (BS) Degree

Deadline: 15 March 2013 (annual)
Study in: Canada
Course starts September 2013

Brief description:

The University of York offers Global Leader of Tomorrow Scholarships. United World College Scholarships, and International Entrance Scholarships for international students who would like to take a full-time undergraduate degree at University of York.

Host Institution(s):

York University in Ontario, Canada

Field of study:

Any undergraduate program in one of the following Faculties:  Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Glendon, Health, Science & Engineering, Schulich School of Business.

Number of Awards:

Only one candidate per school will be considered for this award.

Target group:

The scholarships are open to international students from around the world.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Global Leader of Tomorrow Award: $60,000 ($15,000 x 4 years)

United World College Scholarship $100,000 ($25,000 x 4 years)

International Entrance Scholarships: $100,000 ($25,000 x 4 years)

To renew the scholarship, one must maintain a high academic standing (7.80 on a 9-point York scale) in each academic year at York.


•  You MUST be applying for September entry.
• You MUST be an international student who is required to have a Study Permit to study in Canada.
•  You must be nominated by your high school.
• You must be applying to the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree program in one of the following Faculties: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Glendon, Health, Science & Engineering, Schulich School of Business.
• You must possess an excellent academic record (“A” average or equivalent) and have other accomplishments such as community service or excellence in the arts, sports or other areas of individual achievement. (Exception: York University Entrance Award)
• Demonstrates leadership skills

Important Note: Please take note of the specific eligibility criteria of each scholarship.

Application instructions:

The deadline for applications is on 15 March 2013. You are required to fill up the scholarship application form and submit supporting documentation (listed in the form).

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Malaysia International Scholarships 2013

Malaysia International Scholarships (MIS)

Last updated: 22 Jan 2013

Gov’t of Malaysia

Deadline: 30 March 2013
Study in: Malaysia
Course starts 2013

 Brief description:

The Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) for International Students is an initiative by the Malaysian Government to attract the best brains from around the world to pursue advanced academic studies in Malaysia. This scholarship aims to support Malaysian Government’s effort to attract, motivate and retain talented human capital from abroad.

 Host Institution(s):

Malaysian Public and Private Universities

 Field(s) of study:

This scholarship is divided into two (2) categories of study: Postgraduate and Post-doctoral Studies. Field of studies are in the following priority areas:

a) Science and Engineering
b) Agriculture and Fisheries
c) Economics and Islamic Finance
d) Information and Communication Technology
e) Biotechnology
f) Biosecurity and Food Safety
g)  Infrastructure and Utility
h) Environmental Studies
i)  Health including but not limited to, nursing, medicine, clinical pharmacy

*Applicants may choose any related course within the field/areas mentioned above

 Number of Scholarships:

Not specified

 Target group:

Talented international students with excellent academic records and outstanding co-curricular backgrounds are welcomed to apply for this scholarship and further their studies in any selected and well-established Malaysian public and private universities.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Each scholarship consists of:

a) Air tickets from recipient’s capital city to Malaysia
b) An approved tuition fees
c) Monthly maintenance allowance
d) Annual grant for books and internal travel
e) Medical / Health Insurance
f) Installation and Termination grant
g) Thesis allowance (will be paid at the beginning of research (after proposal defense) and the balance will be paid only upon submission of the thesis) – For PhD and Post-Doctoral only
h) A conference travel grant and journal publication grant (PhD and Post-Doctoral only)

* The Government of Malaysia reserves the rights to review the value of awards at anytime (and if such changes are made, the value of scholarship will be changed and the effective date will be informed to the successful candidates).


To be eligible for Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS), applicants must fit the following criteria:-

a) Not be more than 40 years of age during application.

b) Obtained a minimum of Second Class Upper (Honours) or a CGPA of 3.5/4.0 at Bachelor Degree Level for Masters Degree applicants and for PhD candidates must possess CGPA 3.5/4.0 or very good result at Masters degree level in a similar field of intended PhD study. In addition, for post-doctoral programme, the selection will be evaluated based on the number of books produced, refereed/non refereed journals, portfolio and patent copyright. The Post-Doctoral candidate must have excellent reputation in research and possesses knowledge related to the research to be carried out.

c) Took one of the following English Language Proficiency Test not more than two years before the date of application. The list of tests and minimum scores required:

– IELTS Academic Test with a score of at least 6.5; or

– TOEFL paper-based test with a score of at least 580 or computer-based test with a score of at least 230 or internet-based test with a score at least 92.

d) In excellent health condition and certified by a Certified Doctor/Medical Professional. The cost of medical examination is to be borne by the applicants

e) Wrote a proposal that is relevant to the needs and interests of Malaysia (research-based programme only)

f) Has applied for and gained admission to postgraduate and post-doctoral studies in Malaysia (conditional letters of offer will be accepted at the time of application or has a confirmation of acceptance or affiliation with the universities in Malaysia).

 Application instructions:

 All applications should be made ONLINE through Ministry of Higher Education’s website starting from 15 January until 30 March 2013. It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the online application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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Living in Finland

 Living in Finland

Whether you are just considering studies in Finland, or have already been accepted to a degree programme at a Finnish university or polytechnic, in this section you can find some important information and issues you should consider before your arrival and also during your stay in Finland.

This section briefly lists the essential things you need to take into account, and then directs you to the right sources for detailed information. Please refer to the subsections to learn more!

visas for short-term visits
student residence permits
insurance and health
student accommodation
cost of living
    working in Finland during & after studies

You should bear in mind, however, that a single web page like this can not be all-encompassing source of information on these issues. These pages can only provide you with general outlines. For example, the detailed requirements and ways to proceed in these issues may depend on your nationality. Therefore, it is essential that you always check with the appropriate authorities in Finland or your home country which rules and procedures concern you, in your particular situation.
Other sources of information

In addition to the general links provided on these pages, you can also find useful information from

The university/polytechnic you will be studying at (many higher education institutions and student unions provide ‘welcome guides’ and tutoring services for international students)
The web site of the city/town you’ll be living in (public transport, sports facilities, medical services, etc.)

Social media, Internet discussion boards

You can find student groups on websites like Facebook, or on various different web discussion boards. This kind of ‘peer-to-peer information’ you may find on web forums can be quite helpful, however, when it comes to important matters like application requirements or visas/residence permits, it is always recommended you check with the relevant authorities whether the information you have received on an informal web discussion board is correct.