Application Process

The selection process will include an interview and take into account the applicant's academic credentials, professional and volunteer accomplishments, and potential to contribute to development in the Philippines.

Applicants are encouraged to provide details on their re-entry plans as part of their application.

Application Process

Stage 1: Review of submitted application requirements

Stage 2: Assessment and ranking of eligible candidates

Stage 3: Panel Interview

Stage 4: Release of results/Pre-departure preparation

Please ensure that you have read and have met the eligibility criteria before applying.

Eligibility Criteria

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 program’s criteria.

Basic Eligibility Criteria (On citizenship and residency upon application)

To be eligible for the Australia Awards Scholarships in the Philippines, applicant must be a Filipino citizen and be residing in and applying for the scholarship in the Philippines, except:

  • Applicant is working for the government in a third country
  • Applicant is residing in the immediate region to which he/she would be willing to grant an award (e.g. Pacific Island countries considering applicants from other eligible Pacific Island countries), noting that the award will be reported as belonging to the Philippines.
  • Has satisfied any specific criteria established by the Government of the Philippines.


Eligibility Restrictions for Australia Awards Applicant
Applicant must not:

  • be married, 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 of the application, selection or mobilisation phase
  • be currently serving military personnel
  • be applying for a visa to live in Australia
  • be applying for another 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 been home for eight years)

The Philippine program also requires that applicants must:

  • have completed a formal undergraduate degree (for master’s applicants)
  • have at least two years of work experience (On-the-job training and internships will not be credited to work experience)
  • be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken (this may mean that Post will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution’s admission requirements. This may not be known until Post requests a placement at selected institutions)
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship for an AusAID Temporary Visa (subclass 576). This may mean that Post will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the visa requirements.
  • have met the required English language proficiency result

Source: Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, February 2014, Section 2: Applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship, page 16

Special consideration is given to ‘disadvantaged applicants’ who are defined as ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities.

Applicants must inform the Australia Awards Scholarship Secretariat of any connection or relationship to staff employed at AusAID or with PAHRODF so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.

Application Requirements

The application document checklist displayed below may also be downloaded from this link.

All applicants are required to submit these documents:

  • Fully Accomplished Application Form
  • English Proficiency Certification (IELTS or TOEFL)
  • Graduation Certificate/Diploma
  • Transcript of Records of Degrees
  • NSO-certified Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of GWA/GPA
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 Referee Reports
  • Certificate of No Scholarship Obligation
  • NBI Clearance for International Travel
  • Police Clearance
  • Completed Re-Entry Action Plan (REAP) Form

Additional Requirements for Married Female Applicants:

  • An applicant who has studied under a previous name must present proof of her change of name e.g. marriage certificate or notarized affidavit.

Additional Requirements for those Applying for a Master's By Research or PhD Program:

  • Proof of Correspondence with Potential Supervisor
  • Research Proposal
  • 2 Academic Referee Reports

Additional Requirements for Applicants from the Government Sector:

  • Ombudsman Certificate
  • Endorsement of Scholarship Application by Head of Agency or Head of Scholarship Committee
  • Certificate of No Pending Administrative Case

If you meet the eligibility criteria to apply for Australia Awards Scholarships, the next step is to prepare the documents necessary for your application.

Please see below checklist of application requirements for your guide:

Requirement Details
Fully Accomplished Application Form

Applicants to the TARGETED CATEGORY must complete their application form online. Start the online application process by creating an account

Applicants to the OPEN CATEGORY have the option to either apply online or submit the printed scholarship application form via courier only during the prescribed application dates.

To view and print the Australia Awards scholarship application form, download the hard-copy version.

English Proficiency Certification (IELTS or TOEFL)

Must have met the minimum IELTS or TOEFL requirement:

  • If IELTS, at least an overall score of 6.5 with no individual band score lower than 6.
  • If TOEFL:
    • Paper based test: 580 with TWE of 4.5
    • Computer-based test: 237
    • Internet-based test: 92

Please submit only 1 test result.

Graduation Certificate/Diploma
  • Certified true copies can be accepted in lieu of original during the application stage.
  • If your application is successful, you will be asked to:
    • Present original copy of the document
    • If your diploma is not in English, please submit a certified translation copy
Transcript of Records of Degrees, Completed or Not
  • Certified true copies can be accepted in lieu of original during the application stage.
  • If your application is successful, you will be asked to:
    • Present original copy of the document
    • If your diploma is not in English, please submit a certified translation copy
Scanned first page of passport
NSO-certified Birth Certificate
Certificate of GWA/GPA

This must be secured from the institution where you earned your degree.

Curriculum Vitae

To view and print the Curriculum Vitae template, download the hard-copy version.

2 Referee Reports
  • At least one academic referee report and at least one other referee report (e.g., work supervisor). Click here for the Referee Report Template.
  • If Master's by Research or PhD, see additional requirements below.
Certificate of No Scholarship Obligation
  • Should be issued by current employer.
  • Not required for those who are not currently employed.
NBI Clearance for International Travel

Must be valid at the time of application. Validity is for 6 months.

Police Clearance

Must be valid at the time of application. Validity is for 6 months.

Completed Re-Entry Action Plan (REAP) Form

To view and print the Re-Entry Action Plan (REAP) Form template, download the hard-copy version.

Additional requirements for those applying for a Master's by Research or PhD program

Requirement Details
Proof of Correspondence with potential supervisor This correspondence must show that you have received, in principle, support for your research topic from a potential supervisor in an Australian university.
Research Proposal Must provide an overview of the research topic including research methodology, timeframe, brief, preliminary literature review, and how the research output will benefit the country. View and download the research proposal template.
2 Academic Referee Reports A template for the preferred format of a referee report is available at here.

Additional requirements for applicants from the government sector

Requirement Details
Ombudsman Certificate Certificate must indicate that you have no pending case at the time of issuance
Endorsement of Scholarship Application Must come from Head of Agency
Certificate of No Pending Administrative Case Should be issued by current employer

 

Important Note

When submitting your application for the Australia Awards Scholarships, you are required to declare that the contents of your application are true and correct; and acknowledge that AusAID has the right to vary or reverse any decision regarding an Australia Awards Scholarship made on the basis of incorrect or incomplete information.

The following could constitute fraud in the context of the Australia Awards:

  • False application supporting documents
  • False information on forms
  • Not disclosing relevant information
  • Not disclosing a conflict of interest (e.g. relationship with decision-makers)
  • Deliberately claiming a benefit not entitled to (e.g. reunion travel when dependent family members are residing with the awardee in Australia).

Source: Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, January 2013, Section 3: Fraud, page 23

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