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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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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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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 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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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. If you are using a PWD having difficulty using a screen reader to fill out the application, get in touch with our helpdesk@ttp.domains for alternative ways to fill out the form.

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Re-Entry Action Plan (REAP)

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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FAQs for 2020 Intake

Q: When is the opening of applications?
Applications are accepted from February to April every year for studies commencing the following year.

Q: When will the results of the assessment and panel interviews be released?
Applicants may expect to know the results of their application by August.

Q: How many scholars do you support yearly?
The number of scholarship placements is determined by the Australian Government and may vary yearly.

Q: What are the types of courses available for study under the scholarship?
For the open category, all proposed study should align with 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

 

Australia Awards in the Philippines support master’s and PhD programs. The Awards, however, do not support completion of studies already commenced in Australia and / or study by distance or external mode while residing outside Australia.

Q: Should my proposed course be in the field I previously studied?
For PhD applicants, proposed courses must be aligned with their master’s degree. For master’s, applicants, whose interest is in a course different from his/her bachelor’s degree, can still be considered depending on their relevant work experience and career goals. In the application form, applicants must demonstrate how they would use the knowledge and skills they would gain from study program to implement their Re-Entry Action Plans (REAPs).

Q: Where can I get information about courses and universities in Australia?
You may select any participating university in Australia. Please visit www.cricos.deewr.gov.au to search for courses and universDo I need to get accepted by an Australianities. You may also refer to www.australian-universities.com/list for a list of Australian universities. Note that currently, scholarship awards in the Philippines only support postgraduate programs.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements to apply for the Australia Awards Scholarships?
Click on the eligibility section of the website for a full description of the eligibility criteria.

Q: Do I need to get accepted by an Australian university first before I apply for the scholarship?
No. You should not apply directly to universities in Australia. The Australia Awards Scholarships secretariat will assist in placing you once you are awarded with the scholarship.

Q: What if I have an offer letter from a university in Australia, am I still qualified to apply for the scholarship?
Yes. However, an offer letter from a university in Australia is not a requirement for the Australia Awards Scholarships and is not a guarantee that the applicant shall be awarded a scholarship.

Q: What if I have an offer letter from a university in Australia, do I still need to submit an English proficiency test result?
Yes. However, please note that result of the English proficiency test is not required during the initial application. It will be required only if you passed the interview.

Q: What if I already have a degree from a university in Australia, do I still need to submit an English proficiency test result?
Yes.

Q: What if I am a Filipino permanently/temporarily residing abroad, am I qualified to apply for the Australia Awards Scholarships?
No. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be residing in the Philippines at the time of their application.

Q: Does program have an age limit?
There is no age limit.

Q: What are the work experience requirements?
You must have cumulative professional work experience of at least 2 years. Your current or immediate past employment must be in the Philippines. On-the-Job-Training (OJT), internships and volunteer work will not be credited to work experience. Any probation period will be included as part of the two-year calculation.

Q: Does the 2-year work experience have to be with the same employer?
No. Work experience does not have to be continuous or with the same employer.

Q: Do I need to submit evidence of work experience upon application?
No. However, universities may require candidates to show evidence of relevant work experience during the placement period.

Q: Can a self-employed individual apply for a scholarship?
Yes, as long as you meet the requirements of the scholarships.

Q: Can I apply for the Australia Awards even if I have had another scholarship previously?
Yes. Applicants must have completed all obligations to their previous scholarship upon application.

Q: Can I apply for another scholarship at the same time as applying to the Awards?
Yes

Q: Do I need to submit my university TOR during application?
No. Applicants are required to submit a graduate certificate with GWA/GPA of their highest completed degree.

Q: Can I work while I am studying in Australia?
Yes, scholars are allowed to work part-time (up to 20 hours per week).

Q: Does the Awards have a limit to the duration of scholarship/study?
The maximum study duration is 1.5 years for master’s programs and 4 years for PhD programs.

Q: The duration of my desired program of study is more than the allowed by the Awards. Can I still apply for the scholarships?
Yes. You would need to apply for credit to reduce the time required for you to achieve the qualification through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This is done once the secretariat confirms that you have passed the interview. You would need to submit additional documents (e.g., description of work experience from your current/past employers, certification of courses taken, etc.) to support this request for RPL.

Q: What are the obligations of a Filipino awardee?
Successful candidates are required to return to the Philippines for at least two years after completion of the scholarship to contribute to the development of the country through his/her REAP.

Q: What are the responsibilities of the awardees while studying in Australia?
Before awardees take up an offer of a scholarship, they will need to enter into a legal agreement with the Australian Government. This agreement will contain detailed information about awardee responsibilities. This condition is indicated in the Scholarships Handbook.

Q: Can a Filipino awardee bring his/her family to Australia?
Yes, awardees may bring their family members (spouse/partner and children below 18 years old) to Australia as dependents. However, dependents can only join awardees in Australia 3 months after the awardee commences his/her scholarship. Please note that the Australian Government does not provide any financial or other support for the dependents.

Q: Can I implement my REAP in a private organisation?
REAPs implemented in a private organisation must be under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.

Q: How long is the implementation of the REAP?
The REAP should be completed within 2 years upon the return of the awardee.

Q: When do I need to acquire the signature of the head of the host organisation for the REAP?
Applicants must obtain sign- off from the host organisation after the secretariat confirms that they are shortlisted for interview.

Q: I am working in public sector. Do I need to obtain an endorsement from our scholarship committee/head of agency?
Applicants from non-partner government organisations need not obtain an endorsement on initial application. Endorsements are only required after the secretariat confirms that you passed the interview.

Q: Can a scholar who is deaf use FSL (Filipino Sign Language) while studying in Australia?
No. Australian universities will provide support to awardees who are deaf learn the Australian sign language.

Q: Can you give special considerations in terms of PWDs’ scores in the English proficiency exam?
The Awards require all scholars to meet the minimum requirement for the English language test scores. However, there were cases in the past where Australian universities gave some considerations for PWDs (e.g. the speaking portion of the English test was waived for a scholar who had a cleft palate).

Q: Can carers work while in Australia?
No, their work is to care for the scholar full-time.

Q: Do you screen the carers?
No. The scholar will recommend his/her preferred carer. However, we do work with the scholar to make sure that he/she choses the appropriate carer for his stay in Australia.

Q: Is it required for all PWDs to have a carer?
No. Australia Awards will assess if a carer is required for a scholar with disability.

Q: Do you have specific courses/programs for PWDs?
No. Scholars will need to align their chosen programs and REAPs with the priority areas for the specific intake they are applying for.

Q: Does Australia Awards provide housing that is PWD-friendly?
The Australia Awards and the awardee’s chosen Australian university will help the scholar look for accommodations that fits his/her need.

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