New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Awards

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 education 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 education institutions and facilities are world class and an internationally recognized New Zealand qualification opens up new and exciting opportunities.
New Zealand ASEAN Scholar Awards for Cambodia
The New Zealand ASEAN Scholar 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 2013 selection round for those who are working in the public, private or civil society sectors.

When and How to Apply
The 2013 NZAS awards open for application on 1st April 2013. Application forms are downloadable at or can be collected from the three Australian Centre for Education (ACE) campuses (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh).

Applicants must submit their completed applications to IDP Cambodia by 5.00pm, 31 May 2013 (# 657, Kampuchea Krom Blvd, Sangkat Teuk Laark I, Khan Toul Kork, Phnom Penh, Cambodia).
Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for a New Zealand ASEAN Scholar Awards, applicants must:
  • be a Cambodian citizen residing in Cambodia for at least two years at the time of application;
  • be 35 years or younger at the time of application closing date;
  • hold a Bachelor’s degree, of strong academic merit, relevant to the proposed postgraduate qualification and which is considered equivalent to a New Zealand Bachelors degree;
  • 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 first undergraduate qualification
  • not have citizenship or permanent residence status for New Zealand, Australia or another developed country, or be married or engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or 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 (excluding previous recipients of 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 (subject to test which can be undertaken after applications have been submitted)
  • 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 scholarships during the period of the New Zealand Aid Programme-funded scholarship
  • in being offered and accepting a New Zealand ASEAN Scholar 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.
Female and provincial candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
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 Scholar Awards are for full-time, multi-year postgraduate study at the Graduate Diploma or Master’s level in New Zealand.

Field of Study
Strong candidates from all areas will be considered.  However, preference will be given to candidates whose work experience or proposed field of study relates to the following sectors:
  • Governance and Public Sector: Law, justice, legal and judicial reform, human rights, gender equity, development, public administration, public policy and management
  • Agriculture: Phytosanitary, agri-business management, agricultural economics, agricultural systems and management, sericulture, vegetable production, livestock, bio-security, biotechnology, food sciences, post-harvest processing, rural development
  • Disaster Risk Management: emergency management, hazard assessment and management, climate change adaptation, natural resource management, environmental management, geology, land planning & development
  • Renewable Energy: Geothermal, solar, hydro engineering and wind energy
  • Tourism:  Ecotourism, tourism management, tourism planning
  • Business and Private Sector: Management, leadership, economics, value chain development, trade facilitation, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) development, private sector management, accountancy, applied economics, business finance, commerce, marketing, entrepreneurship, industrial relations, logistics & supply chain 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 Scholar Awards cover 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 Scholar 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.
For further information please contact IDP Education (Cambodia)
within the ACE building at:
# 657, Kampuchea Krom Blvd, Teuk Laark I, Toul Kork,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: (023) 881 017



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