New Zealand Aid Program announces scholarships for Sri Lanka

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The New Zealand Aid Program has announced its latest round of Commonwealth Scholarships for Sri Lankan citizens who wish to pursue programs in New Zealand academic institutions in 2016. The New Zealand Aid Program is looking for people who demonstrate strong academic ability, leadership qualities, and a commitment to Sri Lanka’s development.

  “New Zealand and Sri Lanka share an important and growing relationship that is built on people-to-people links. Scholarships to attend New Zealand universities play an important role in facilitating this. I am very pleased to confirm that New Zealand will offer new scholarships in Sri Lanka this year,” says Grahame Morton, New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

“Scholarship recipients will get to experience New Zealand’s unique style of education which encourages independent and analytical thinking. The hands on practical experience they will gain will help equip them with skills, experience and networks to stand out from the crowd and contribute to the development of their countries,” adds Ziena Jalil, Education New Zealand’s Regional Director for South and South East Asia.

The scholarships are available for Masters Degree (1-2 years) and PhD (3-4 years) programs. They are valid for a range of subjects around the themes of renewable energy, agriculture development, disaster risk management, education and the strengthening of public and private sectors. This is intended to promote the study of subjects that will help Sri Lanka’s social, economic or political needs. Scholars are, therefore, required to return home for at least two years after finishing their studies to ensure Sri Lanka benefits from the knowledge acquired.

To be considered for these awards, scholars need to have a confirmed admission offer and send in their application on or before 5 pm (New Zealand time) on July 31, 2015.

The financial support offered through these scholarships include 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 in your application and the full range of eligible subjects can be accessed at:

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