Application

The sections below contains information about applying for an Australia Awards scholarship 2020 Intake.

Australia Awards in the Philippines

Australia’s international development assistance in the Philippines helps promote prosperity, reduce poverty, and enhance political stability.

Australia Awards scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.

Applicants are assessed on their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in the Philippines.

Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability and other marginalised groups.

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Priority Areas

Applicants must choose courses in the following priority areas:

  • Trade and Economics
  • Infrastructure and Smart Cities
  • Digital Economy
  • Peace and Development
  • Education
  • Governance and Public Policy, including civil society and media
  • Natural Resource Management, including mining and energy
  • Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Management
Scholarships are available only for courses that are listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), which is the official Australian Government website that lists all Australian education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas.  Visit http://cricos.education.gov.au for a full list of institutions and then check with the universities' own websites for detailed information about course content and other requirements.

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Types of Courses Available to Applicants

  • All scholarships must be taken up in the year for which they are awarded. Should an awardee not be able to commence their study by November in the year of the award, the scholarship will be cancelled.
  • The types of courses available for study under a Scholarship will depend on the applicant’s home country government and/or DFAT policy. Australia Awards Scholarships may be available for the following types of courses:
    • Masters degree courses
    • Doctorate degree (PhD) programs (economics and governance only)
  • Australia Awards Scholarships do not support completion of studies already commenced in Australia.
  • Australia  Awards  Scholarships  do not support study for a lesser degree than one already held by the applicant.
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Eligibility Criteria

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The Australia Awards Scholarships are for high-achieving Filipinos who demonstrate passion for intellectual pursuit and who are committed to development work. The program doesn’t have an age limit and is open to qualified applicants who meet the eligibility criteria below.

To be eligible to receive an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants must:

  • be a minimum of 18 years of age on 1 February of the year of commencing the scholarship;
  • be a Filipino citizen and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from the Philippines;
  • not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or  be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently;
  • not be married to, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection or mobilisation phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but must apply for a Student visa [subclass 500]);
  • not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or  be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently
  • not have pending residency or citizenship application in other countries
  • not married to an Australian citizen or to a New Zealand citizen; not married or engage to be married to a person who holds or who is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence status, at any time during the application, selection or mobilisation phases
  • not be a current serving military personnel
  • not have previously received a long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia (for example, a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside Australia for eight years);
  • be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken (this may mean that Program Areas will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution’s admission requirements. This may not be known until Program Areas request a placement at selected institutions);
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Home Affairs to hold a Student Visa. This may mean that the Program Area will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the visa requirements;
  • Not be applying for a scholarship for a course of study at an academic level lesser than they have already achieved (eg be applying for a Master’s scholarship when they already hold a PhD); and
  • Applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Program Areas (including locally engaged staff at post) or with managing contractors so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.

Aside from the general eligibility requirements above, nominees from the targetted category should also need to fulfill the following:

  • be a regular employee of the Australia Award’s targetted organisation
  • be in a leadership role where the enhanced technical or managerial skills to be gained via the recommended AAAEP-P study program can be used to effectively contribute to the agreed change agenda of the organisation
  • preferably have at least five (5) year work experience with public sector
  • have passed the screening and interview process of the organisation’s scholarship committee;
  • have passed the medical screening of targetted organisation
  • not hold a scholarship service agreement/contract
  • have no pending application to other scholarship programs locally or internationally;
  • have no pending administrative, criminal or civil case
  • be willing to sign a service contract with the nominating agency/targetted organisation

Additional requirements for alumni applying for another long-term award:

  • have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia (for example, a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside Australia for eight years)
  • have satisfactorily implemented his/her REAP (if applicable)

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Note:  Applicants must declare during application of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Australian Embassy Manila or with Australia Awards Scholarships secretariat so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.

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Australia Awards Benefits

Australia Awards scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian education institution, including any preparatory training.

Scholarships recipients will receive the following:

  • return air travel
  • a one-off establishment allowance on arrival
  • full tuition fees
  • contribution to living expenses
  • introductory academic program
  • overseas student health cover for the duration of the scholarship
  • supplementary academic support
  • fieldwork allowance for research students and masters by coursework which has a compulsory fieldwork component

For full details of scholarship benefits, please read the Scholarships Handbook:

Scholarships Policy Handbook

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Application Dates

For study commencing in Australia in the January 2020 intake:

  • Opening date: 1 February 2019
  • Closing date: 30 April 2019

Applications and/or supporting documents received after the closing date will not be considered.

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Application Process

Online applications

All applications must be lodged online through the Australia Awards website.  Start filling out the application form by answering some eligibility questions. You will be directed to the application form once you have completed the assessment.

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Re-Entry Action Plan (REAP)

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Applicants are required to submit a REAP as part of the application process, and implement these in their workplace or proposed area upon return.

The REAP outlines a project where the newly acquired knowledge and skills will be used to contribute to development in the Philippines.

REAP implementation is closely monitored and evaluated.

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Supporting documents

Applicants must fill out the online application form together with all the relevant supporting documents listed in the Australia Awards Philippines website, including:

  • Affidavit of citizenship and residency (A notarised affidavit indicating that you are a Filipino citizen and that you have been residing in the Philippines for the the last 12 months upon application. View Sample Download Affidavit Template)
  • Certification of the Grade Point Average/General Weighted Average (Secured from the academic institution where you earned your highest completed degree, the certificate must indicate the details of your course including your General Weighted Average (GWA) or Grade Point Average (GPA)) View Sample

For applicants from the Philippines Government applying under the targeted category:

  • Certificate of no scholarship obligation
  • Letter from the head of the agency endorsing the scholarship application which have passed the agency’s scholarship committee
  • Certificate of no pending case signed by the Human Resource Manager (or relevant officer)
  • Clearance from the Office of the Ombudsman certifying that the applicant has no pending criminal and/or administrative case.
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Selection Process

  • Applications will be shortlisted after eligibility checking.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • The selection process includes an interview. Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:
    • academic competence
    • potential outcome, specifically the contribution to development outcomes in the Philippines
    • professional and personal leadership attributes including relevant work experience.
  • Successful candidates will be notified no later than August 2019.
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Preparatory Training

Successful applicants will be required to attend:

  • course counselling
  • pre-departure briefing
  • university’s Introductory Academic Program
  • other required preparatory study on arrival in Australia
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Further Information

More general information about the Australia Awards, Australia’s aid program, and studying in Australia can be found at the following links:

•    dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/australia-awards/pages/australia-awards-scholarships

•    studyinaustralia.gov.au

Information about visas and Australia Awards scholarship entitlements and conditions can be found in the Scholarships Policy Handbook: dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Pages/australia-awards-scholarships-policy-handbook.aspx

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