Opportunity: Under a dedicated bilateral programme, the New Zealand Aid Programme has announced to offer offer up to 12 postgraduate scholarships over a five year period, starting 2016 academic year.

A press  release from the New Zealand High Commission, New Delhi, India  states that the New Zealand Development Scholarships were re-established after New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, visited Bhutan in August last year and

following an agreement with Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay and the foreign minister.

New Zealand Development Scholarships are available for Postgraduate Certificate (6 months), Postgraduate Diploma (1 year) and Masters Degree (1-2 years) programmes. Scholars are required to return home for at least two years after finishing their studies. Scholarships are valid in a range of subjects – renewable energy, agriculture development and private sector development – that will help Bhutan’s social, economic or political development.

“I am delighted that New Zealand Aid Programme Scholarships are being offered in Bhutan. This is a very positive development in a growing relationship and offers opportunities to Bhutanese in areas of Bhutan’s skills requirement and New Zealand expertise,” New Zealand’s High Commissioner to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Grahame Morton said.

Financial support offered through these scholarships includes full tuition costs, a fortnightly living allowance, an establishment allowance, medical and travel insurance, travel to and from your home country at the start and end of your scholarship, home leave or reunion travel (for some students), and assistance with research and thesis costs for most postgraduate research students.

Detailed information, including where to send the application and the full range of eligible subjects, can be accessed at: http://www.aid.govt.nz/funding-and-contracts/scholarships/eligible-countriesregions/bhutan.