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.

For the January 2019 intake, we are accepting applications for master's degree under any of the listed priority areas.  For PhD applicants, we are only supporting PhD on Economics at this time.

Applicants should:

  • be a Filipino citizen
  • be residing in and applying for the scholarship in the Philippines (except for government employees who are currently assigned in other countries e.g., such as those working in embassies or consular offices)
  • be a holder of a bachelor’s degree
  • have at least two (2) years cumulative professional work experience, either in private or public sector. (On-the-job training and internships will not be credited to work experience)
  • not 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 resided outside Australia for eight years)
  • not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or  be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently
  • no 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
  • be able to take up the scholarship place in the academic year for which the award is offered;
  • should be willing to sign a contract with the Australian Government
  • should be willing to sign an agreement to fully implement the REAP.
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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.


Documents required documents during the application period



Fully Accomplished Application Form

Applicants must fill out the online application form during the prescribed application dates.

Graduation Certificate/Diploma
During application, applicants must submit the scanned copy of the graduation certificate/diploma
If your application is successful, you will be asked to:
  • Present original copy of the document
  • If your diploma is not in English, you will be asked to submit a certified translation copy

Academic Transcript of Records (Completed Degrees)

During application, applicants are required to submit the scanned copy of the TOR of the completed degree/s.

If your application is successful, you will be asked to present original copy of the document

Certificate of GWA/GPA

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

You may submit both your undergraduate and your post-graduate GWA/GPA

Curriculum Vitae Please use the prescribed Resume/Curriculum Vitae template. Click here to download the template.
Completed Re-Entry Action Plan (REAP) Form

Please use the prescribed REAP template. Clickhereto download the template.

You may refer to this guide in crafting a REAP.

If you are an applicant who is not currently connected to an organisation, or an application who will not be implementing your REAP in your current organisation, you may look for a "host" organisation to be your partner in implementing your REAP.  A host organisation could be a public sector orgnisation, an NGO/Civil Society organisation, or an academic institution.


Additional Documents required only if shortlisted



English Proficiency Certification (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE)

Must have met the minimum IELTS or TOEFL requirement:

  • If IELTS, must be an ACADEMIC test wit 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
  • For PTE Academic, at least an overall score of 58, with no individual band score lower than 54. More info on PTE academic (www.pearsonpte.com) here.

Please submit only 1 test result that is valid until the intake month/year.

This requirement will be asked only if you are shortlisted.

NSO-certified Birth Certificate If your application is successful, you will be asked to present original copy of the document
NBI Clearance for International Travel Must be valid at the time of application.
Police Clearance


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

Additional documents if shortlisted and from the government sector



Endorsement of Scholarship Application

Must be issued by the Head of your organsition/agency or Head of Scholarships Committee of your organisation.

Certificate of No Pending Administrative Case issued by the Ombudsman and the respective agency

Must be issued by your organisation and by the office of the ombudsman. Certificates must indicate that you have no pending case at the time of issuance.

Additional requirements if shortlisted and applying for a Masters by Research or PhD



Research Proposal

An executive summary of the research proposal that details how the study will contribute to a particular research agenda.

Referee Reports

Referee Reports from 2 previous Academic Supervisors, preferably on the area of research.


A listing of relevant publications to show knowledge/ competence in research work.

Endorsement Letter from an Australia Research Supervisor

A copy of the communication with an Australian Research Supervisor based in the University of choice.  The supervisor should confirm acceptance of research proposal.

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

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 the Australian Government 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)

Source: Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, January 2017

Courses Offered

Applicants must choose courses in the following priority areas:

  • Trade and Economics
  • Local Economic Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Peace and Development
  • Social Protection
  • Governance
  • Basic Education
  • Foreign Relations
  • Mining and Mining-related fields
  • Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Management
You may select any participating university in Australia. Please visit http://cricos.education.gov.au/ to search for courses and universities.
You may also refer to www.australian-universities.com/list for a list of Australian universities.

Application Process

All candidates shall be subjected to the Australia Awards general eligibility requirements and Philippines-specific criteria and selection process. Interested candidates may submit applications online.

Special consideration for persons with disability: An English proficiency test result is not required upon submission of application. A special arrangement with English Proficiency Test provider will be done for PWD applicants who will make it to the shortlist of successful applicants after the interview.

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 shall provide complete details on their re-entry plans as part of their application.


Application Process

Stage 1:  Review of Submitted 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.

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