1. TRIPARTITE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS(AUS/NZ/Samoa)

The Government of Samoa (S-MFAT) in conjunction with the Government of Australia (A-DFAT) and the Government of New Zealand (NZ-MFAT), jointly offer a limited number of Awards for Samoan nationals to study in tertiary institutions overseas and in the region in the following year of application. The Government of Samoa funds the Distance Flexible Learning (DFL) Awards only. The majority of these Awards are funded by Australia and New Zealand.

These Awards are tenable at tertiary institutions in Australia, Fiji, New Zealand or Samoa. Awards are allocated on a competitive basis each year in either a general public category, i.e. the OPEN CATEGORY AWARDS, or in one of the specific categories i.e. the APTC AWARDS, FOUNDATION YEAR AWARDS and NUS AWARDS.

 

Open Category Awards

Subject to funding availability approximately 23 on-site Awards and 5 DFL Awards are offered annually on a competitive basis for candidates outside of the Foundation Year programme. The level of study can be for Diploma, Bachelor, Postgraduate, Master or Doctorate (PhD limited to 1-2 candidates). The short listing, interviews and final selection of candidates are carried out jointly with development partners A-DFAT and NZ-MFAT.

Status: Invitation for applications for the 2016 Intake under this Award is now OPEN

Process:

  1. Invitation for Preliminary Forms.
    Due: Tuesday 29th March 2016
  2. List of eligible candidates to submit the Common Application Form.
    Issue Date: Monday 11th April 2016
  3. Invitation for Eligible Candidates to complete the Common Application Form.
    Due: Friday 13th May 2016
  4. Screening of Common Application Forms.
    [Applications undergo a screening process, followed by a thorough assessment and ranking undertaken by the SPBEA, Fiji]
  5. Interviews of short listed candidates.
    Complete: 30 June 2016
  6. Bond signing for successful candidates.
    Due: from November 2016

Specific Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be working in a related sector for at least 2 years at the time of application;
  • Must not have held a Government administered Award within the last 2 years;

Foundation Year Awards

Subject to funding availability approximately 55 on-site Awards are offered annually on a competitive, merit based criteria across all faculties of the Foundation Year Programme. The level of study is only for Bachelors. The final selection of candidates are carried out jointly with development partners A-DFAT and NZ-MFAT.

Process: The National University of Samoa submits the First Semester Results of Foundation Year students to the Ministry. The Ministry will contact students for a meeting prior to completing the preliminary form for eligibility assessment. Award Offers are finalized only at the end of the academic year following receipt of both First Semester and Second Semester results.

Specific Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be undertaking Foundation Year studies for the first time;
  • Must have undertaken all Secondary School Education in Samoa;
  • Proposed field of study must have strong relevance to National HRD priority areas;

APTC Awards

Subject to funding availability approximately 7 on-site Awards are offered annually for Australia Pacific Technical College graduates, and existing students, to undertake further studies at a University or Vocational Institution in New Zealand, in the following year of application. These Awards are funded by the New Zealand Government. The level of study must be at a three year Diploma or Bachelors. The final selection of candidates is carried out with development partner NZ-MFAT and APTC.

Status: Invitation for applications for the 2016 Intake under this Award is now OPEN

Process: Invitations for applications for these Awards are assessed, advertised and processed in line with the procedures for the Open Category Awards.

Specific Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be an APTC student or graduate within the last two years;
  • Graduated APTC students who are currently working OR
  • Current APTC students in their final year of study and who will complete their programme of study before the intended date of scholarship commencement.
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Subject to funding availability approximately 2 on-site Awards are offered annually to staff from the National University of Samoa to undertake further studies at a University in New Zealand in the following year of application. These Awards are funded by the New Zealand Government. The level of study can be at the Bachelors, Postgraduate, Masters or Doctorate. Final selection of candidates is carried out jointly by the partner Governments A-DFAT, NZ MFAT, and S-MFAT.

Status: Invitation for applications for the 2016 Intake under this Award is now OPEN

Process: Invitations for applications for these Awards are assessed, advertised and processed in line with the procedures for the Open Category Awards.

Specific Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be working with NUS for at least two years at the time of application;
  • Common Application Form must be endorsed by the NUS Vice-Chancellor;
  • Must be a priority field for development identified by NUS.
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2. CHINA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The Government of the People’s Republic of China offers on-site Awards in two main streams:

Bilateral Programme

There is no set number of Awards per annum although they have ranged from 18-22 over the last three years. These Awards are offered to Samoan nationals to study in tertiary institutions in China in the following year of application. The level of study can be at the Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate. Selection of candidates is carried out with the Chinese Embassy although the final decision rests with the China Scholarship Council (CSC) in China.

Note: All successful Awardees pursuing undergraduate programmes are required to take and pass a one year Chinese language course before they proceed to undertake their academic course of study which is conducted in Chinese. Post graduate level studies are generally offered in the English language.

Status: Invitation for applications for the 2016/2017 Intake under this Award is now CLOSED.

Download Forms: Preliminary China Scholarship Application Form and List of Chinese Universities.

Process:

    1. Invitation to fill out the Preliminary China Scholarship Application Form.
      Due: 8th February 2016
    2. Screening of Applications and short listing for interviews.
      Due: 8th March 2016
    3. Successful Applicants complete and submit Full China Scholarship Award.
      Due: 8th April 2016
    4. Bond signing for successful candidates.
      Due: from August 2016

Specific Eligibility Criteria:

    • Must have resided in Samoa within the preceding three years;
    • Maximum age requirement for each level of Study. Bachelor’s Degree (less than 25 years), Masters (less than 35 years) and Doctoral (less than 40 years).

Regional Programme

These Awards are offered on a competitive basis for Pacific regional nationals only to study in tertiary institutions in China in the following year of application. There is no set number of awards being offered to the Pacific Region on an annual basis. The Awards are administered and managed by the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji.

Status: Invitation for applications for the 2015 Intake under this Award is now CLOSED.

3. COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The conditions and application procedure varies for each country offering Awards.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

The Government of New Zealand offers 2 on-site Awards for study in New Zealand in the following year of application. The level of study is for Masters or Doctorate level. The final selection of candidates is carried out by the NZ CSFP Selection Committee.

Status: Invitation for applications for the 2017 Intake under this Award is now  OPEN

Download Forms: Information for Applicants2016 Application Form for NZ Commonwealth Awards ; List of HRD Priority Sectors.

Process:

  1. Invitation for submission of Commonwealth Application Form.
    Due: 23rd May 2016
  2. Submission by S-MFAT of 2 Samoa nominees to NZ CSFP Selection Committee.
    Due: 13th June 2016
  3. Notification of successful candidate from NZ CSFP Selection Committee.
    Due: from September 2016
  4. Bond signing for successful candidates.
    Due: from November 2016

For more information visit: http://www.universitiesnz.ac.nz/NZcommonwealthscholarships

UK Commonwealth Scholarships

The United Kingdom offers 2 on-site Awards for study in the United Kingdom in the following year of application. The level of study is for Masters or Doctorate level. Final selection of candidates is carried out by the UK CSFP Selection Committee.

Status:Invitation for applications for the 2016 Intake under this Award is now CLOSED

Process:

  1. Invitation for submission of Commonwealth Application Form.
    Due: 19th November 2015
  2. Submission by MFAT of 2 Samoa nominees to UK CSFP Selection committee.
    Due: 17th December 2015
  3. Notification of successful candidates from UK CSFP Committee.
    Due: from January 2016
  4. Bond signing for successful candidates.
    Due: from June 2016

University of the South Pacific

The USP offers 1 on-site Award for study at their Suva Campus in the following year of application. The level of study is for Masters. Interested applicants must apply directly to USP who assesses and selects eligible candidates. The final selection of candidate is carried out by USP.

Status: Invitation for applications for the 2016 Intake under this Award is now CLOSED.

4. JAPAN SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The Government of Japan offer Scholarship Opportunities for Samoa nationals in the following avenues:

Bilateral Programme

Through its Bilateral Programme, the Government of Japan offers scholarships for Samoan nationals to undertake studies in Universities or Institutions in Japan. The Level of study is for undergraduate, research (graduate) and technical/vocational including a special category for the Teaching Profession. The administration and final selection of candidates is carried out with the Embassy of Japan.

Status: Invitation for applications for the 2016 Intake under this Award is now OPEN

For details on the MEXT – Teachers Training Scholarship Awards, click hereCLOSED

For details on the Pacific LEADS Masters Programme Awards, click hereCLOSED

GRIPS Programme

The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) is an independent national graduate university located in central Tokyo. The programs at GRIPS are taught entirely in english and offer promising early and mid-career professionals in the public sector and policy-oriented academia an opportunity to network and extend their knowledge in a wide range of topics regarding public policy and policy formulation. Full Scholarships to study at GRIPS funded by the Japanese Government are available for outstanding applicants.

Scholarships are allocated on a competitive basis and only a limited number of scholarships are available.

For GRIPS admissions and scholarships information, please visit Admissions at http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/admissions/index/.

Status:Invitation for applications for GRIPS Programme is now OPEN

Process:

  1. Application procedures differ by program. Some programs require application directly through GRIPS. Please refer to the Online Application Guide 2016-2017 accessed athttp://www.grips.ac.jp/en/admissions/apply/
  2. Latest brochures on GRIPS can be viewed at http://www.grips.ac.jp/en/about/brochures/. .
5. VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON (VUW) SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS (2013 – 2017) SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

In 2012 VUW signed three (3) separate 5 year MoUs with 1) the Government of Samoa, 2) NUS and 3) the Scientific Research Organization of Samoa (SROS) to promote educational co-operation and facilitate the training of Samoan professionals in New Zealand. Final Selection of candidates is carried out by a Joint Review Committee that comprises of a representative from NUS, SROS, VUW and S-MFAT. These are on-site Awards at VUW and are offered to Samoa professionals at the postgraduate level in the following categories:

  1. VUW and Government of Samoa
    VUW offers 1 Award per annum for a Samoa national to undertake Doctorate studies only. The Award covers full tuition fees and joint funding of living costs in partnership with the Government of Samoa.
  2. VUW and NUS
    VUW offers 2 Awards per annum for NUS staff members. The level of study is for Master’s and Doctorate level. The Award covers full tuition fees and living costs in New Zealand only.
  3. VUW and SROS
    VUW offers 1 Award per annum for a SROS professional. The level of study is either at the Master’s or Doctorate level. The Award covers full tuition fees and living costs in New Zealand only.

Status: Invitation for applications for the 2016 Intake under this Award is now OPEN

Process:

  1. Submission of online forms for PhD Studies only via http://www.victoria.ac.nz/fgr/prospective-phds/how-to-apply . Hard copy to be submitted to S-MFAT Scholarships Office [Note: Category ii-iii are nominated by respective Heads of Agencies].
    Due: 11th November 2016
  2. Joint Review Committee assessment of applications.
    Due: February 2017
  3. Bond signing for successful candidates.
    Due: from March 2017

Specific Eligibility Criteria:

    • Must be currently employed, and have resided in Samoa for no less than 3 consecutive years at the time of application;
    • Must secure admission/placement at VUW by time of application;
    • Applicants who have held scholarships in the last two years will not be eligible to apply.

General Eligibility Criteria

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