Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Seeking Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships Program

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Deadline: 30 April 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has announced Australia Awards Scholarship to support people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

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Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term awards, they aim to contribute to the development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop the skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to development in their own countries.

Benefits

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Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training. The following benefits generally apply:

  • Full tuition fees.
  • Return air travel—payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route.
  • Establishment allowance—a once only payment as a contribution towards accommodation expenses, text books, study materials.
  • Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) – a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by the department.
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP)—a compulsory program prior to the commencement of formal academic studies covering information on living and studying in Australia
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only)—provided to cover the scholar’s basic medical costs (with the exception of pre-existing conditions).
  • Pre-course English (PCE) fees—if deemed necessary PCE may be available for students for in-country and/or in-Australia training.
  • Supplementary academic support may be available to ensure a scholar’s academic success or enhance their academic experience.
  • Fieldwork (for research awards and Masters by coursework which have a research component where fieldwork is compulsory) may be available for eligible research students for one return economy class airfare via the most direct route to their country of citizenship or within Australia.

Award Conditions

  • Applicants who want to accept an Australia Awards Scholarship will need to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship.
  • Scholars are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Failure to do so will result in the scholar incurring a debt for the total accrued cost of their scholarship.

Evaluation Criteria

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Please evaluate the applicant against the following criteria:

  • Shapes strategic thinking: Meaning that they inspire a sense of purpose and direction focus strategically harness information and opportunities and show judgement intelligence and common sense.
  • Achieves results: Meaning that they build organisation capability and responsiveness marshal professional expertise steer and implement change and deal with uncertainty ensure closure and deliver on intended results.
  • Cultivates productive working relationships: Meaning that they nurture internal and external relationships facilitate cooperation and partnerships value individual differences and diversity and guide, mentor and develop people.
  • Displays personal drive and integrity: Meaning that they demonstrate professionalism and probity commit to action display resilience promote and adopt a positive and balanced approach to work and demonstrate self awareness and a commitment to personal development.
  • Communicates and negotiates effectively: Meaning that they communicate clearly listen, understand and adapts to audience and negotiates persuasively.

How to Apply

Interested applicant can apply via given website.

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For more information, please visit https://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/australia-awards/Pages/australia-awards-scholarships.aspx

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