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The New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards 2012 selection round is now open for applications.

Application Deadline: 3 April 2012

New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to economic, social and political development within ASEAN nations.

The New Zealand Government, through the New Zealand Aid Programme, provides scholarships for eligible post graduate students from Indonesia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Viet Nam and the Philippines to undertake development-related studies at a tertiary education institution in New Zealand.

If you are currently working in the public, private or civil society sectors, you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship to study at a university or polytechnic in New Zealand.

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New Zealand and ASEAN

New Zealand is a long-standing and committed partner of ASEAN.

ASEAN and New Zealand have worked together over 35 years to build trade and business links, foster close political relationships and address regional issues.

Studying in New Zealand

New Zealand is known throughout the world for its space, natural beauty and tranquility. It is a friendly, multicultural nation of just over 4 million people.

New Zealand educational institutions observe and are bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. This means that international students studying in New Zealand can expect a high level of support.

New Zealand educational institutions and facilities are world class and an internationally recognised New Zealand qualification opens up new and exciting opportunities.

New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards for Cambodia

The New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards were introduced to Cambodia in 2005 under an agreement with the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) as part of the New Zealand bilateral development cooperation program.

New Zealand is offering up to 30 scholarships in the 2012 selection round for those who are working in the public, private or civil society sectors.

When and How to Apply

Television, radio and newspaper advertising of the New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards scheme run throughout March 2012.  Application forms are available from IDP Cambodia.

Applicants must submit their completed applications to IDP Cambodia by 5.00pm, 3 April 2012.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards, applicants must:

  • be a citizen of Cambodia and be residing in Cambodia for at least two years at the time of application;
  • be 35 years or younger at the time of application;
  • hold a Bachelor’s degree, of strong academic merit, relevant to the proposed postgraduate qualification;
  • not hold a qualification at a similar level or in a similar field of study at similar level;
  • be applying to commence a new qualification (not seeking support for one already commenced);
  • satisfy the admission requirements of the New Zealand education institution in which the qualification is to be undertaken, including English language criteria;
  • have a minimum two years work experience in Cambodia in their relevant public, private or civil society sectors and these two years must be after completion of their highest qualification;
  • not have citizenship or permanent residence status for New Zealand, Australia or another developed country, or be married or engaged to be married to a person who holds, or who is eligible to hold, New Zealand or Australian citizenship or permanent residence status;
  • not hold or have held a New Zealand Government or Australian Government scholarship in the preceding 24 months at the time of application recipients (excluding previous New Zealand Aid Programme ‘English Language Training for Officials’ scholarships);
  • have a minimum IELTS (Academic) result of 5.5 overall, with no band less than 5.0 and results to be no older than 24 months at time of application*
    (* Some candidates may be provided IELTS testing following their interview);
  • be available to take up the scholarship in the calendar year for which the scholarship is offered.

    In addition, applicants must:

  • have an appropriate work background for the anticipated field of study;
  • be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to Cambodia’s public sector and/or private and/or community sector (as relevant), and to the development of Cambodia in general;
  • satisfy New Zealand Government requirements for international student entry to New Zealand (medical and character checks etc.);
  • not hold any other scholarship during the period of the New Zealand Aid Programme-funded scholarship;
  • in being offered and accepting a New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards, agree in writing that they will return to Cambodia to take up a position that utilises their study skills for a minimum period of two years.

Officials from government agencies involved in New Zealand Aid Programme projects are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates who do not hold the required IELTS result to commence postgraduate study in New Zealand (usually 6.5 overall with no band less than 6) must undertake pre-departure training for up to nine months in Cambodia prior to tertiary studies in New Zealand

Length and Level of Study

New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards are for full-time, multi-year postgraduate study at the Graduate Diploma or Master’s level in New Zealand.
Female and provincial candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Field of Study

In line with New Zealand’s country strategy for Cambodia, preference will be given to applicants in the following priority sectors:

  • Agriculture: Phytosanitary, agri-business management, sericulture, vegetables production, livestock, bio-security, food  sciences, post-rice harvest processing
  • Business and Private Sector: Management, leadership, economics, value chain development, trade facilitation, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) development, private sector management
  • Disaster Risk Management: Renewable energy, climate change adaptation, natural resource management
  • Sustainable Tourism: Ecotourism, tourism management
  • Governance and Public Sector: Law, justice, legal and judicial reform, human rights, gender equity, development, public administration, public policy and management

English Training Stipend

In recognition that some students will be required to undertake full-time pre-departure English language training prior to postgraduate studies, the New Zealand Government pays a stipend to all candidates who undertake prescribed pre-course training in Cambodia.

Scholarship Entitlements

The New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards covers tuition and orientation fees, an economy return airfare, a basic living allowance (including accommodation expenses), and medical and travel insurance. Assistance is provided for some course-related costs.

Scholarship Conditions

Applicants who are offered a New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards will be asked to sign a statement declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship:

  • full-time study of the approved programme;
  • satisfactory academic progress;
  • compliance with education institution regulations and New Zealand Aid Programme scholarship conditions;
  • compliance with New Zealand law as it applies to any agreement between awardees and the New Zealand Government;
  • acceptance that the scholarship may be withdrawn by New Zealand Aid Programme where awardees fail to comply with scholarship conditions;
  • return to their home country for a minimum period of two years within 14 days of the completion date of the scholarship.

Additional Information

For further information, please contact:
IDP Education (Cambodia)
#657, Kampuchea Krom Blvd, Teuk Laark 1,
Toul Kork, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel:  (+855) 23 881 017
Fax: (+855) 23 881 020