New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships for Trinadad & Tobago Students 2018

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The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago invites ONLINE applications from citizens of Trinidad and Tobago for scholarships being offered by the New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for the academic year.

Post graduate degrees are to be pursued at any of the following accredited Universities in New Zealand:
• Auckland University of Technology
• Lincoln University
• Massey University
• University of Auckland
• University of Canterbury
• University of Otago
• Victoria University of Wellington
• University of Waikato

More about New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships are prestigious scholarships that recognise New Zealand’s history and ties to the Commonwealth.  Our Commonwealth Scholarships are part of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) – an international programme under which Commonwealth countries offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth states.  The purpose of the scholarships is set out in the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, with the following key principles, to:

  1. promote mutual cooperation and share educational experience among all Commonwealth countries
  2. be available across the Commonwealth
  3. recognise and promote the highest level of intellectual achievement

Why the New Zealand Scholarships?

New Zealand Scholarships are part of the New Zealand Aid Programme. Our aid is delivered to develop shared prosperity and stability in the Pacific and beyond, drawing on the best of New Zealand’s knowledge and skills. Read more about our approach to aid.

We support sustainable development in developing countries to reduce poverty and contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.

New Zealand Scholarships help to build a cadre of well-educated and highly capable people who can contribute to better development outcomes and help generate sustainable growth in developing countries. We also want to identify innovators and potential leaders, and provide them with opportunities to develop their skills and networks so they can contribute to their home country.

New Zealand Scholarships build a lifetime connection between scholars and New Zealand. Our scholarships also help to build strong and enduring links between New Zealand and partner countries.

NZ Commonwealth Scholarships are funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government’s overseas aid and development programme. They are managed by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

Level/Field of study:

The New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships for Trinidad & Tobago Students are available for pursuing the postgraduate programme in the field of the following subjects;

• Agricultural Development
• Renewable Energy
• Disaster Risk Management

Host Nationality:

The scholarship is hosted by the New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship Commission  in partnership with certain accredited Universities in New Zealand

Eligible Nationality:

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship is open to international students from Trinidad & Tobago who wish to pursue their postgraduate degree in New Zealand.

Scholarship Benefits:

The scholarships provide the following financial support:

  • full tuition fees
  • living allowance (stipend) – NZ$480 per week. This is  a contribution to basic living expenses
  • an establishment allowance – NZ$3000. This is a contribution to assist with set up costs in New Zealand – for example  it can be used towards accommodation expenses, text books, study materials
  • medical and travel insurance
  • travel to and from your home country – this is for travel from your home country at the start of the scholarship, and for you to return to your home country at the end of your scholarship. Note that we offer our scholarships for the shortest amount of time needed for you to complete the academic programme.
  • home leave or reunion travel for some scholars
  • assistance with research and thesis costs for many postgraduate research students

Scholarship Number:

The number of Scholarships offered: Two (2) nominees for Postgraduate studies – (PhD or Masters Level)

Eligibility:

The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

To apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. Permanent Residents are not eligible to apply.
  • Be residing in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, preferably for at least two (2) years prior to application.
  • Have been working in their country of citizenship, preferably for at least two years prior to application.
  • Provide a current job description confirming your position and outlining your responsibilities and duties, if employed.
  • Not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand or Australia, or another developed country.
  • Be applying to commence a new qualification and not be seeking funding for one already commenced at the PhD or Master’s level.
  • Provide proof of acceptance at an accredited academic institution in New Zealand.
  • Satisfy the admission requirements of the New Zealand education institution in which the qualification is to be undertaken, including the English Language criteria.
  • Be in good health, both physically and mentally. A medical certificate must be provided, the cost of which is to be borne by the applicant.
  • Be available to commence their academic studies in New Zealand by the start of the New Zealand academic year.
  • Be between 18 and 50 years of age.

For Master’s degree:

  • An undergraduate degree with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or a minimum GPA of 3.00
    For PhD degree:
  • An undergraduate degree with Second Class Honours; and
    relevant postgraduate qualification, which will normally be a Master’s degree.

At the application stage, they only ask for the following supporting documents:

  • Your academic transcript – it can be an unverified copy at this stage, but it must be in English.
  • The grading key/scale for this academic transcript. Sometimes this is on the same sheet as your academic transcript, sometimes it is on the back. Please make sure you include the grading scale so that assessors understand what an A, B, C means at your academic institution.
  • If you are applying for a PhD or Masters by Thesis, a letter of support from your potential supervisor can be attached, but if you do not have one yet you can still apply.

If you are successful in reaching the later stages of the selection process, you will be required to provide the further documentation.

Application Procedure:

The application process for a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship is different to other New Zealand Scholarships.

Before you begin your application

Check how you should apply

Most applications should be completed online and this is the only option for some countries. Paper applications are accepted for some countries only. (But applications for New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships follow a different process. Read more about how to apply for a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship)

Applications for a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship

The application process for a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship is different to other New Zealand Scholarships. Applicants must submit their paper applications to their country’s ‘Nominating Agency’ first. The Nominating Agency then ‘nominates’ two applicants from the submitted applications to send to the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Read the below information carefully before you submit an application.

Applications must arrive at your country’s Commonwealth Nominating Agency by 28 March 2018.

Step 1: Prepare to apply

  • Check that you meet all eligibility criteria.
  • Follow the steps under ‘Getting Started’ above. (The selection process is very competitive and your choice of study must align to one of these sectors to go on to be shortlisted.)
  • If you want to pursue a PhD or a Masters by Thesis you should also start contacting and securing a potential supervisor for your PhD. You will need to have a Letter of Support from a supervisor should you go on to be shortlisted.

Step 2: Complete your application form

The New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships Application Form for 2018 selection will be available to download here when applications open on 1 February 2018. Please use the below Application Form:

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships Application Form [PDF, 818 KB]

Refer to the Application Guidance page on this website for essential information and helpful tips.

Complete all sections of the application form, and make sure you have attached the additional documents required.

Step 3: Submit your application to your nominating agency

Send your completed Application Form to your country’s nominating agency by 28 March 2018.

For the contact details of Nominating Agencies – see pages 26-30 at the back of the application form.

Note: any applications received directly from applicants will not be considered. (Do NOT send your application to New Zealand). Alll applications must be sent to your country’s Nominating Agency first. Nominating Agencies play a key role in the application process.

What happens after I apply?

Nominating Agencies will review all applications received and select the two candidates that best meet the eligibility conditions, preference factors and priority sectors for their country. The Nominating Agencies then send their nominated candidates to us.

In May, we will contact you via email if you have been nominated to let you know that we have received your application as one of the two nominated applicants for your country.

We will then shortlist applications to proceed through to the next stages.

All shortlisted candidates will be assessed, interviewed and undergo reference checks through the New Zealand Scholarships office.

A final decision will be made by mid-October, 2018. Preferred candidates will be notified and go through the placement process at their selected institution. Once successfully placed, they will officially become New Zealand Commonwealth Scholars.

Supporting documents

At the application stage, we only ask for the following supporting documents:

  • Your academic transcript – it can be an unverified copy at this stage, but it must be in English.
  • The grading key/scale for this academic transcript. Sometimes this is on the same sheet as your academic transcript, sometimes it is on the back. Please make sure you include the grading scale so that assessors understand what an A, B, C means at your academic institution.
  • If you are applying for a PhD or Masters by Thesis, a letter of support from your potential supervisor can be attached, but if you do not have one yet you can still apply. See more information about Guidance for PhD applicants or Masters by Thesis.

If you are successful in reaching the later stages of the selection process, you will be required to provide the following documentation:

  1. One of the following:
    • Verified copy of passport
    • Verified copy of birth certificate
    • Verified copy of other official government issued ID
  2. Verified copies of relevant academic transcripts
  3. Verified copies of relevant completion certificates
  4. Contact details of most recent employer and two most relevant other employers (this does not apply to School Leaver applicants)
  5. A non-verified copy of an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) or an original copy of a TOEFL test result form, completed in the last 24 months. Native English language speakers will have the opportunity to provide alternative evidence of their proficiency.

Read the Selection process timeline for more information about the later stages of our selection process and when you need to provide certain documents.

For more information, visit New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships.

Application Deadline:

Currently, this scholarship is unavailable but we shall keep you posted on the new date

Applications are open, and will close on 30 March.

Applying for a student visa

You can apply online or use a printed form. Make sure you apply at least 8 weeks before you plan to come to New Zealand.

Gather your supporting documents

You’re likely to get a quicker decision if you supply all the information Immigration New Zealand (INZ) needs when you apply.

Before you apply for a student visa

If you apply online you’ll need to scan your documents before you upload them.

Decide how to apply

Most people find it easier to apply online.

Applying for your visa online 

You can also apply using a printed form, but it takes longer to process your application. You need to use the printed form if, for example, you don’t have regular access to a computer​.

Find out what it costs

The application fees you pay depend on how you apply and where you’re applying from.

Fees, decision times and where to apply 

You won’t get a refund of your fees if your application is turned down.

Apply online

When you make an online application you have to set up a New Zealand Government RealMe account.

What is RealMe?

Before you start your application, have all your supporting documents ready to upload.

Apply for a visa 

Apply using a printed form

Download the Student Visa Application form (INZ 1012) and guidance to help you complete it.

Student visa forms and guides 

Wait for a decision

Most applications are processed in a month. If INZ needs more information they’ll contact you to ask for it.

Application processing times 

You can check the progress of your application.

Finding out your application status 

When you get your visa

If you apply online, you’ll usually get an eVisa. Print it out or keep it on your mobile phone so, if you need to, you can show it at the border when you arrive. You can ask INZ to put a label in your passport, but you have to pay for this service.

eVisas 

Get help to plan your trip and find out more about life as a student in New Zealand.

For more info, contact: Ms. Patti Mohan – Grants Coordinator, International Office and Grant Funding at 642-8888 Ext 46122 – patti.mohan@utt.edu.tt or contact

Contact details
Lower Collymore Rock
St Michael BB11000
Bridgetown

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