Interested in applying for scholarship? In this section, you can find information on the application process and frequently asked questions about the scholarship program.
ABOUT AUSTRALIA AWARDS
Q: What is the Australia Awards Scholarships?
The Australia Awards Scholarships are the international development scholarship program of the Australian Government that aim to develop leadership, and build partnerships and enduring linkages between Australia and its partner developing countries including the Philippines. Click here to find out more about the Australia Awards Scholarships in the Philippines.
Q: Are short-term scholarships available for study in Australia?
Yes, short-term scholarships are available under the Australia Awards Fellowship. Australia Awards Fellowships (formerly Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship or ALAF) aim to develop current and aspiring leaders working in priority areas to increase institutional capacity of partner countries and to advance key regional policy objectives. This program is designed to provide short-term opportunities for study, research and professional attachment programs in Australia, delivered by Australian organisations, to nominated fellows (groups) from eligible countries such as Philippines. Nominations are submitted in Australia by Australian organisations on behalf of Filipino nominees. Note that short courses have a separate application requirement and are not covered in this site. For more information, go to www.australiaawards.gov.au
PROPOSED AREAS OF STUDY
Q: What are the types of courses available for study under the scholarship?
Australia Awards in the Philippines support Masters 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. For the open category, all proposed study should align with the following priority areas:
- Trade and Economics
- Local Economic Development
- Peace and Development
- Social Protection
- Basic Education
- Foreign Relations
- Mining and Mining-Related Fields
Note that applicants wishing to undertake Master’s by Research or a PhD must liaise with his/her preferred Australian university to locate an appropriate supervisor. Proof of Correspondence between applicant and a potential supervisor at that university indicating that the applicant has received in principle support for his/her research topic from a potential supervisor must be submitted.
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, applicant must demonstrate how he/she would use the knowledge and skills to be gained from studies to advance Philippines development.
Q: Can I still change my proposed course after the application period?
Yes. Proposed course in the application can still be changed after the candidate has been shortlisted, but not after the awardee has firmed up and accepted his/her course and university offer. A Course Counselling session will be conducted to help awardees finalise their course and university.
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 universities.
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.
ON ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Q: What are the eligibility requirements to apply for the Australia Awards Scholarships?
Click here 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 take care of your placement 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 documentary 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?
Q: What if I already have a degree from a university in Australia, do I still need to submit an English Proficiency test result?
Q: What if I am a Filipino permanently/temporarily residing abroad, am I qualified to apply for the Australia Awards Scholarships?
Yes. 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 professional work experience of at least 2 years. On-the-Job-Training (OJT) and internships 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.
A CV following a prescribed format will have to be submitted upon application. Shortlisted applicants will be required to show evidence of relevant work experience before or during the interview.
Q: Can a self-employed individual apply for a scholarship?
Yes, as long as you have an undergraduate diploma, you have two years of work experience, and you possess all the other relevant eligibility requirements.
ON BEING AN AUSTRALIA AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDEE
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 and contribute to the development of the country through his/her REAP.
Q: What is Re-entry Action Plan?
The Re-Entry Action Plan (REAP) is a unique feature of the Philippine program, which enables Filipino awardees to create and implement meaningful programs that contribute to Philippine development.
Filipino applicants are required to submit a REAP, outlining how they will use their acquired skills in Australia in contributing to development programs in their workplace/sector areas/communities upon return to the Philippines.
Q: For past awardees under this program, how is the two-year requirement before returning to Australia calculated?
He/she must have lived in the Philippines for a period of two years from the time of their return from Australia to be eligible for a PhD scholarship. The two years is calculated from the date of return to the Philippines up to the time of mobilisation for further study in Australia.
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. However, awardees will have to wait after 3 months of stay in Australia, presumably by then the awardees have had fully adjusted and settled in their new environment, before their family members can join them.
Please note that the Australian Government does not provide any financial or other support for the dependants of awardees. Dependents are entirely the responsibility of the awardee.
The Student Contact Officer at the awardee’s university is required to contact the Australian embassy indicating their support of awardees’ application for family entry. Once the Australian Embassy has received this confirmation, a letter of “No Objection” is issued to the awardee. For more information on this matter, contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (www.immi.gov.au) or the university you wish to study.