A. NATIONAL TOPPERS SCHEME

1. What is National Toppers Scheme (NTS)?

·         Full scholarships for the top ranked students who have completed their Year 13 or equivalent foundation studies a year preceding the award.

·         For simplicity, the awards for 2017 will be given to students who have completed year 13 or foundation studies in 2016 and achieved the minimum marks or GPA of 3 required for priority areas established by Government

 

Full scholarships for the top ranked students who have completed their Year 13 or equivalent foundation studies a year preceding the award.

For simplicity, the awards for 2017 will be given to students who have completed year 13 or foundation studies in 2016 and achieved the minimum marks or GPA of 3 required for priority areas established by Government

 

2. How many NTS awards are there currently?

·         630

·         The exact number of awards and the distribution per priority area will be determined on an annual basis.

 

630

The exact number of awards and the distribution per priority area will be determined on an annual basis.

 

3. What is the NTS Eligibility Criteria?

·         Applicant must be a Fijian citizen.

·         Applicant must have successfully completed year 13 or foundation studies in the year preceding the award year.

·         Applicant must have an offer letter from an approved Higher Education Institute in the priority area applied for. 

·         Applicant must meet the annual cut off mark for each priority area applied for.

 

Applicant must be a Fijian citizen.

Applicant must have successfully completed year 13 or foundation studies in the year preceding the award year.

Applicant must have an offer letter from an approved Higher Education Institute in the priority area applied for. 

Applicant must meet the annual cut off mark for each priority area applied for.

 

4. What are the qualifying Institutions for NTS?

Fiji National University, The University of the South Pacific, University of Fiji, Fulton University College, Centre of Appropriate Technology Department, Corpus Christi Teachers College, Sangam Institute of Nursing, University of Fiji and Overseas Universities (Program within priority area not offered in Fiji and need basis).


Fiji National University, The University of the South Pacific, University of Fiji, Fulton University College, Centre of Appropriate Technology Department, Corpus Christi Teachers College, Sangam Institute of Nursing, University of Fiji and Overseas Universities (Program within priority area not offered in Fiji and need basis).
 

5. What are the Fijian’s Government’s priority areas?

Tourism, Engineering, Mining and Milling, Medical & Health, Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry, Technology, Environment/ Marine Science, Land/Town Planning, Commerce, Social Sciences, Teacher Training and Special Areas of High Priority – Diplomas & Certificate.For details on the priority areas including majors and combination of majors, click here…. www.tslb.com.fj...


Tourism, Engineering, Mining and Milling, Medical & Health, Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry, Technology, Environment/ Marine Science, Land/Town Planning, Commerce, Social Sciences, Teacher Training and Special Areas of High Priority – Diplomas & Certificate.For details on the priority areas including majors and combination of majors, click here…. www.tslb.com.fj...
 

6. Is NTS awarded for overseas studies?

·         Limited number of scholarships may be awarded for overseas studies.

·         Overseas Scholarship awards will be merit based and will apply only to Programs that are currently not available in Fiji,and which are high on Government’s priority as specified under the National Toppers Scheme and as reviewed from time to time.

 

Limited number of scholarships may be awarded for overseas studies.

Overseas Scholarship awards will be merit based and will apply only to Programs that are currently not available in Fiji,and which are high on Government’s priority as specified under the National Toppers Scheme and as reviewed from time to time.

 

7. What does NTS cover?

Tuition Fee; Accommodation and meal (amount to vary depending on the choice of institution up to a maximum of $2400 per semester of $2000 per Trimester), Book and Material Allowances and Incidental Allowances.


Tuition Fee; Accommodation and meal (amount to vary depending on the choice of institution up to a maximum of $2400 per semester of $2000 per Trimester), Book and Material Allowances and Incidental Allowances.
 

8. What is not covered under NTS?

·         Repeat Units

·         Foundation Units

·         Units outside your program of studies

·         Studies in perpetuity

·         Any other costs apart from the ones specified in your offer letter

 

Repeat Units

Foundation Units

Units outside your program of studies

Studies in perpetuity

Any other costs apart from the ones specified in your offer letter

 

9. How Do I apply?

It is preferred that you apply online. Click here to apply online. Applying online will enable you to check your application status, offer letter, bond forms and confirmation letter online. To apply online, you need to first register yourself by filling the registration details.
Alternatively you can post or hand-deliver a printed copy of your application.


It is preferred that you apply online. Click here to apply online. Applying online will enable you to check your application status, offer letter, bond forms and confirmation letter online. To apply online, you need to first register yourself by filling the registration details.
Alternatively you can post or hand-deliver a printed copy of your application.
 

10. When do I apply?

Towards the end of each High School academic year, the Board will publish in the local media, the priority areas that will be given consideration. The usual deadline for applications is 31 December of each year.


Towards the end of each High School academic year, the Board will publish in the local media, the priority areas that will be given consideration. The usual deadline for applications is 31 December of each year.
 

11. Am I required to Sign a Bond Agreement with the Fijian Government?

All grantees are required to enter into a bond agreement with the Fijian Government before any disbursement of the scholarship funds.


All grantees are required to enter into a bond agreement with the Fijian Government before any disbursement of the scholarship funds.
 

12. What does the bond period mean for the Grantees?

After graduating and getting into employment in Fiji, the Grantee must serve Fiji for a period equal to 1.5 times the duration of the award. For Instance, if NTS award is for 3 years, the Grantee must serve Fiji for 4.5 years before being cleared off the bond agreement.


After graduating and getting into employment in Fiji, the Grantee must serve Fiji for a period equal to 1.5 times the duration of the award. For Instance, if NTS award is for 3 years, the Grantee must serve Fiji for 4.5 years before being cleared off the bond agreement.
 

13. What documents are required for signing the bond?

Offer letter from the Institution, Offer Letter from TSLB, Salary Slip of the 2 Guarantors, Guarantors Tin Letter. The Minimum Salary for the Guarantors should be FJD$10,000.00.  If there are no guarantors, fill in a statuary declaration form.


Offer letter from the Institution, Offer Letter from TSLB, Salary Slip of the 2 Guarantors, Guarantors Tin Letter. The Minimum Salary for the Guarantors should be FJD$10,000.00.  If there are no guarantors, fill in a statuary declaration form.
 

14. When is the award confirmed?

Once you get the confirmation letter from TSLB

 

15. What is the academic requirement for my award to be continued from one term to another?

A NTS Grantee must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 per academic term for the continuation of the award.

 

16. Can I change my program/major/minor/Institution?

Any change in program/major/minor/institution must be approved by the Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board Committee. An approved change in major by the Board shall be completed within the duration not exceeding the duration specified the bond form from the initial semester of the award under the initial contract.
If approval for change in program, major, minor or intuition is granted, students will be liable to pay the difference in fees or any additional allowances that may be required.
 
Change in programs from the awarded area of priority to another priority area will not be granted.