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Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships

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Apply for online study in 2021 and 2022 

The New Zealand (NZ) Government offers scholarships to professionals from eligible countries to learn new skills in New Zealand. In 2021 and 2022, we are offering a small number of scholarships for online professional development. These scholarships are managed by Skills Consulting Group.  

Read more about the available scholarships and eligibility requirements and apply below. 

On this page: 

  • Scholarships for online study in 2021 and 2022 
  • Who is eligible? 
  • Supporting documents 
  • Apply now 
Manaaki New Zealand Scholarships

Scholarships for online study in 2021 and 2022

ASEAN and Timor-Leste – applications have now closed

Applications for a limited number of courses will open at midday (NZ Standard Time) on 4 October 2021. 

Professionals from eligible Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, and Timor-Leste can apply for a scholarship to take a short professional training course in the following areas: 


Course Dates 

Applications Close 

Public health management 

16-30 November 2021 

18 October 2021 5pm NZST 

Public sector leadership 

1-15 December 2021 

1 November 2021 at 5pm NZST 

Good governance 

18 January – 1 February 2022 

29 November 2021 at 5pm NZST 


2-22 February 2022 

16 December 2021 at 5pm NZST 

These short courses aim to share New Zealand’s expertise in governance, health, trade, and public sector leadership with professionals in developing countries. Courses are two to four weeks long. 

The ASEAN and Timor-Leste application window has closed however Pacific is now accepting applications.

Pacific – accepting applications

Applications for a limited number of courses will open on 10 January 2022. 

Professionals from eligible Pacific countries can apply for a scholarship to take a short professional training course in the following areas: 


Course Dates 

Applications Close 

Public health management 

22 February – 8 March 2022 

24 January 2022 at 5pm NZST 

Public sector leadership 

15-29 March 2022

7 February 2022 at 5pm NZST 

Good governance 

30 March – 13 April

11 March 2022 at 5pm NZST


26 April – 11 May

4 April 2022 at 5pm NZST

Public Sector Leadership 

17-31 May

25 April 2022 at 5pm NZST

Good governance 

1-15 June

9 May 2022 at 5pm NZST


From 10 January 2022, interested applicants can take the Pacific eligibility test and complete their application online to be considered for a scholarship. 

Who is eligible? 

These are intensive short courses for eligible participants from ASEAN and Timor-Leste, and the Pacific who are currently in middle and senior management positions.

ASEAN and Timor-Leste 

To be eligible for one of these scholarships, you must be a citizen from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam.   


To be eligible for one of these scholarships, you must be a citizen from Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. 

Other eligibility criteria 

To be eligible for a Manaaki New Zealand Scholarship, all the following statements must be true for you: 

  • From the date my application is submitted, I will 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. 
  • I am not 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.
    – New Zealand-Samoan and Timor-Leste–Portuguese dual citizens. 
  • I will be at least 18 years old at the time I start the scholarship. 
  • I am not currently serving in the military.
  • Within the last five years I have not had a New Zealand Scholarship terminated.

You must also acknowledge and agree that: 

  • I have received endorsement from my employer to attend this training programme. 
  • I expect to meet the academic entry requirements (including English language requirements) for my planned training programme. 

Supporting documents 

If you are selected for a scholarship, you will need to provide copies of the following documents before taking up your scholarship:  

  • Certified copies of the personal pages of your passport (or an alternative form of photo identification if you do not hold a passport). 
  • Where available, certified copies of your 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. 

Apply now

The application window for these ASEAN and Timor-Leste scholarships has now closed. The Pacific Scholar Application at right remains open to eligible Pacific scholars

If you have difficulty completing the application form, please contact us by email at

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