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O er of Scholarships by the New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
For Study Commencing February 2015
The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago invites ONLINE applications
from citizens of Trinidad and Tobago for scholarships being o ered by the New Zealand
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for the academic year commencing 2015.
A. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
To apply for this scholarship, applicants must:
(a) Be citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. Permanent Residents are not eligible to apply.
(b) Be residing in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, preferably for at least two (2)
years prior to application.
(c) Have been working in their country of citizenship, preferably for at least two years
prior to application.
(d) Provide a current job description con rming your position and outlining your
responsibilities and duties, if employed.
(e) Not have citizenship or permanent residence status of New Zealand or Australia, or
another developed country.
(f ) Be applying to commence a new quali cation and not be seeking funding for one
already commenced at the PhD or Master's level.
(g) Provide proof of acceptance at an accredited academic institution in New Zealand.
(h) Satisfy the admission requirements of the New Zealand education institution in
which the quali cation is to be undertaken, including the English Language criteria.
(i) Be in good health, both physically and mentally. A medical certi cate must be
provided the cost of which is to be borne by the applicant.
(j) Be available to commence their academic studies in New Zealand by the start of
the New Zealand academic year in February 2015.
(k) Meet the age requirement as follows;
(i) Be between 18 and 45 years of age for persons not employed in the Public
(ii) Be between 18 and 50 years of age for persons employed in the Public
(l) Possess the following quali cations:
For Master's degree:
An undergraduate degree with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) or a
minimum GPA of 3.00
For PhD degree:
An undergraduate degree with Second Class Honours; and relevant post graduate
quali cation, which will normally be a Master's degree
(i) Be studying full-time at post-secondary level.
(ii) Be transferring from another tertiary scholarship (either in New Zealand or
Australia or in another country) to a Commonwealth Scholarship
(iii) Hold, or have held, a New Zealand Government or Australia Government
scholarship in the 24 months preceding the scholarship start date
(iv) Have been terminated from a New Zealand or Australian Government
Once nominated by The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT),
the New Zealand Commission will require nominees to provide the following
(i) A 500 word statement describing the speci c skills and knowledge you want to
gain from the proposed study and how this will contribute to your current and/
or future job.
(ii) A 500 word statement describing how your proposed area of study will enable
you to contribute to the social or economic development of your home country.
(iii) A 500 word statement outlining your proposed research topic. Information on
additional requirements for this scholarship programme can be accessed at
the following link www.aid.govt.nz/scholarships/. Kindly ensure that you have
read all the information attached to the above mentioned link.
Applicants must ensure that two (2) Recommendations are submitted 'online' by their
(i) One must be an academic recommendation; and
(ii) Recommenders must attest to the candidate's ability to perform and to succeed
as a scholarship recipient by providing relevant and practical examples where
applicable. They must also describe what contribution and the likely impact the
candidate will have on the institution/community/country.
Please ensure that your Recommenders sign, scan and upload their
recommendations to your online application.
Applicants must prepare and submit a Study Plan 'online' of no more than 500 words,
which must include:
(i) The impact your studies will have on your institution/ community/country;
(ii) Information on how the course of study relates to the existing and future
development needs of your institution, community or the country;
(iii) A description of how exposure gained from pursuing this course of study
could contribute to the development of the nation. Please indicate clearly
where the development need has been identi ed and outlined in the national
development strategy; and
(iv) Your ve-year plan upon returning to Trinidad and Tobago to put into practice
the knowledge and experience acquired through the scholarship.
C. SELECTION CRITERIA:
Applicants will be assessed and recommended for a scholarship based on the following:
(i) Academic Merit;
(ii) Area of Study; as it links to the development of Trinidad and Tobago;
(iii) The likely development impact the applicant will have on completion of
(vi) The quality/content of the plan of study/research proposal.
(v) Work Experience
(vi) Interview- short-listed candidates will be interviewed to get a sense of their
maturity, commitment, adaptability, cultural awareness, and their state of mind
in relation to the undertaking of studies overseas and their ability to complete
the programme of study successfully.
Candidates must attain at minimum 50% the pass mark at the interview
in order to be considered for the award of a scholarship.
Please note that the New Zealand Government has indicated that The Government of the
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) should ensure that there is gender balance in the
selection process. (
Please refer to our website at www.scholarships.gov.tt for further information on the
eligibility and selection criteria and for preparation and submission of an online application.
All applicants must ensure that their transcripts are sent directly to the following address:
Ministry of Public Administration
(Scholarships and Advanced Training Division)
5th Floor National Library Building
Corner Hart and Abercromby Streets
Port- of- Spain
Attention: Head, Selections Secretariat
Applicants who wish to hand deliver their transcripts must ensure
that this document is properly sealed by the academic institution and
submitted to the Selections Secretariat.
Transcripts must be received before the closing date of the scholarship
for your application to be considered.
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