Australia Awards Scholarships for African student
Application Deadline: 6 December 2019
Scholarships for master’s level studies in Australia are offered to eligible African candidates for postgraduate studies.
Focus sectors for the Australia Awards Scholarships reflect areas that have been identified as priorities by partner governments and in which Australia is recognised as having world-leading expertise and experience. Current priority sectors include agricultural productivity, extractives and public policy.
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must meet their country’s eligibility requirements. Generally, the following requirements apply:
Citizen of an eligible African country
Minimum academic requirement: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
Mid-level to senior-level professional, currently employed in a relevant field
Meet relevant post-graduate work experience requirements
For Australia Awards Scholarships, applicants must be at least 25 years and not older than 52 years at the date of application.
For Australia Awards Short Courses, applicants must be at least 25 years and not older than 55 years by June 2021.
Demonstrate a clear vision of how the knowledge gained through the scholarship will be used to improve policy, practise or reform in their home country
Satisfactory English proficiency to enable full participation in a training course delivered in English
Satisfy all requirements of the Australian Government for the appropriate student visa (subclass 500).
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
All shortlisting and final selection take place between January and June of each year. Face-to-face interviews with shortlisted candidates are held in May and June. Candidates from countries where English Language Proficiency tests are required should refer to the previous section on English language requirements or support. Australia Awards may also arrange separate English language testing of shortlisted candidates during the selection process.
The Australia Awards Scholarship interviews are conducted by independent selection panels chaired by Australian Government officials and comprising of Australian academics, African alumni and industry experts. Representatives from African partner governments may also attend the interviews as observers and provide advice on the country context or on specific policy priorities for the government.
To secure placement for a Master’s program at an institution in Australia, Palladium will approach the applicants’ preferred institutions on their behalf. Only two institutions will be approached with a request for placement for each applicant. Following receipt of an institution’s offer of placement, Palladium then proceeds, on behalf of the Australian Government, to finalise the formal offer of the scholarship.
Awards will not be offered until the contract accompanying the letter of offer has been signed by the candidate and counter-signed by the Australian Government.
Australia Awards Short Courses
Selection for Australia Awards Short Courses is based on the assessment of the application, including the applicant’s personal statements, Reintegration Action Plan and supporting documentation. Australia Awards Short Course applicants are not required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. However, applicants and their employers may be contacted by phone to verify claims made in the application, including questions regarding current employment status.
Australia Awards Short Courses are delivered by approved training providers, contracted to deliver the specific courses for which applicants are selected. It is not possible for these participants to nominate their preferred institution.
For eligible mid-career professionals, who receive an Australia Awards Scholarship, the following benefits will generally apply
• Australian educational experience
• Fully paid tuition fees
• Fully paid economy class flight to and from Australia
• Fully paid visa expenses
• Overseas Student Health Cover, for basic medical costs
• A contribution to living expenses
• Adjustment support for women and people with disabilities, if required
• Supplementary academic support if required, to improve a student’s performance
• The opportunity to develop and maintain global links with Australians and other international students
• The opportunity to join a prestigious alumni network after the scholarship