The New Zealand government is allocating 18 scholarship slots to Filipinos who wish to obtain post-graduate degrees in their universities for school year 2014.
Reina Lino, Bato Balani Foundation Inc. program administrator for New Zealand-Asean Scholars awards, said they hope to get applications from various provinces, including Negros Oriental and Cebu, a government press release said.
BBFI is a nongovernment organization and is the exclusive contractor for the NZAS program in the Philippines.
Lino said they started the scholarship caravan last month in hopes of generating more applications from the provinces.
She said the 18-slot requirement for the Philippines is a challenge to fill.
NZAS is a postgraduate scholarship program funded by the New Zealand government through the New Zealand Aid Program.
It invites Filipinos to pursue post-graduate development related degrees in areas where New Zealand has globally recognized expertise.
Last year, the program generated 500 applications, of which 100 applicants got offer letters from the universities and 40 got shortlisted.
This year, they hope to shortlist 30 scholarship applications, Lino said.
New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines Reuben Levermore said NZAS is an opportunity for his country to share their expertise with the Philippines.
He said that although New Zealand is a small country, it is globally recognized in areas such as agriculture, tourism, governance and renewable energy.
“We hope that Filipino scholarship winners will expand their knowledge and skills in a way which can be applied in the Philippines,” Levermore said in a statement.
Other eligible fields of study include public sector management, trade development, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.
The scholarship is open to Filipinos from the public, private, and civil society sectors not more than 40 years old and with at least two years work experience relative to the chosen career.
The applications for the 2014 scholarships will close on July 15.*PNA
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