Application

The sections below contain information about applying for an Australia Awards scholarship 2020 Intake in the Philippines.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Take the Eligibility Assessment

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.

View REAP Tips | Preview REAP Template

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.

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

Further Information

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

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

Eligibility Assessment

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Interested in applying for scholarship? In this section, you can find information on the application process and frequently asked questions about the scholarships program.

ABOUT AUSTRALIA AWARDS

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.

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

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
    • 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

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.

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.

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

Click on the eligibility tab for a full description of the eligibility criteria.

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.

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.

Yes. But during the application period English proficiency is not yet required.  It will be required only if you are shortlisted.

Yes.

No. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be residing in the Philippines at the time of their application.

There is no age limit.

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.

No. Work experience does not have to be continuous or with the same employer.

A CV (as part of the online application form) 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.