The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme beneath which associate governments tender scholarships and fellowships to nationals of other Commonwealth countries. It was set up to endow an outline through which any Commonwealth government could offer scholarships or career development opportunities to nationals of other Commonwealth countries.
This program is for pursuing Master’s or PhD level study in New Zealand and the monetary grant will be granted in agreed priority study sectors to meet countries’ or regions’ human resources development needs and training priorities, as set by the New Zealand Government and nominating agencies. The priority study sectors are: leadership and governance, economics, public sector governance and reform, environmental studies, education, health, agriculture and fisheries, biosecurity and food safety, infrastructure and utility and human rights and gender.
To be eligible to be considered for a Commonwealth Scholarship an applicant must:
The students of participating developing Commonwealth country can submit an application for this scholarship.
a. Travel: International, and New Zealand domestic, air travel at the start and end of the scholarship for awardees, and reimbursement of awardees’ visa costs. In addition, a reunion travel entitlement may be available to awardees who have left dependants in their home country.
b. Tuition Fees and other compulsory institutional course costs.
c. Postgraduate research and thesis allowance: An allowance of NZ$1,500, and a return economy airfare to awardees’ home country for overseas fieldwork, if research component is 50% or greater.
d. Medical and Travel Insurance
e. Establishment allowance: NZ$3,000 paid on arrival in New Zealand to meet text book costs and to assist with other set up costs in New Zealand. At the beginning of each additional study year NZ$1,000 will be paid to cover the full year.
f. Living Allowance: The annual rate of NZ$21,580 (NZ$415 per week) is paid fortnightly and is a contribution to living costs for day-to-day expenses, including accommodation (rent or board), food costs, utility expenses (telephone, electricity etc.), transport, personal items, and course-related costs (stationery, field trips, workshops etc.).
-academic merit of the candidate.
-the quality of the research proposal.
-the likely impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country.
The application form is available from the applicant’s Nominating Agency. Each applicant must submit to their Nominating Agency one (1) original application form and all requested attachments. In addition to the application form the following documents are required:
a. Certified copy of applicant’s birth certificate (in English);
b. Certified copy of official evidence of any name change for applicant (in English);
c. Certified copy of the personal pages of applicant’s passport;
d. Certified copy of the academic transcript for all tertiary qualifications held by the applicant and the grading schedule for each qualification (in English);
e. Certified copy of the completion or graduation certificate for each tertiary qualification that the applicant has completed (in English);
f. If the applicant is employed, a current job description confirming their position and outlining their responsibilities and duties;
g. A current (dated) curriculum vitae – a brief history of the applicant’s education, work experiences and skills;
h. Three (3) references (no more than 24 months old) on official letterhead, supporting the scholarship application to study in New Zealand, and relevant to their proposed study programme or research topic. References should be provided from the applicant’s current employer, a former lecturer or academic supervisor (in an area of study relevant to the application) and, where possible, a relevant government or community based organization;
Note: Applications with less than three references will be disadvantaged;
i. An letter of offer from the New Zealand University at which the applicant wishes to study (see Section 8 of the application form);
j. A 500 word statement describing the specific skills and knowledge the applicant wishes to gain from the proposed study and how this will contribute to the applicant’s current and/or future job (see Section 9 of the application form);
k. A 500 word statement describing how the applicant’s proposed area of study will enable them to contribute to the social or economic development of their home country (see Section 9 of the application form);
l. A 500 word statement outlining the proposed research topic.
From the applications received each Nominating Agency will identify up to two applications to nominate to Universities NZ. Universities NZ will receive the nominated applications from the Nominating Agencies. These applications will be subject to a final check for eligibility and completeness. Any nominated applications that are found to be ineligible or incomplete will be rejected. Only those nominees whose recommendation by Universities NZ is endorsed by the New Zealand Aid Programme will be offered a scholarship.
Each Nominating Agency will set their own country deadline for the receipt of applications. Nominating Agencies are aware that their nominations must be received by Universities NZ in Wellington, New Zealand no later than 31st July 2013.
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