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In-Country Scholarship Program

What is In-Country Scholarship Program?

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The In-Country Scholarship Program (ICSP) is an initiative to complement Australia Awards Scholarships. It provides postgraduate scholarship opportunities for potential leaders and technical specialists of the Bangsamoro region who are unable to study in Australia because of work or family demands.

“The ICSP was launched by the Australian Aid in 2012 granting 99 allocations to targeted professionals in conflict and post-conflict areas in Mindanao. “

“In July 2015, an expanded ICSP was introduced targeting professionals who have a stake in Mindanao. A total of 69 awards was opened and aimed at building a pool of potential leaders and technical specialists who can contribute in pursuing Bangsamoro development priorities.

“The ICSP awardees pursued post graduate degrees in Education, Social Protection and Community Development, Urban Planning and Infrastructure Development, Engineering, Public Administration and Governance, Peace and Development Programs, Public/Community Health, Human Resource/Organisational Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Sustainable Development Studies. Philippine schools/universities based in Metro Manila and in the cities of Iligan, Cotabato and Davao also referred to as Partner Academic Institutions (PAIs) hosted the awardees.”

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What is In-Country Scholarship Program?

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The In-Country Scholarship Program (ICSP) is an initiative to complement Australia Awards Scholarships. It provides postgraduate scholarship opportunities for potential leaders and technical specialists of the Bangsamoro region who are unable to study in Australia because of work or family demands.

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“The ICSP was launched by the Australian Aid in 2012 granting 99 allocations to targeted professionals in conflict and post-conflict areas in Mindanao. “ “In July 2015, an expanded ICSP was introduced targeting professionals who have a stake in Mindanao. A total of 69 awards was opened and aimed at building a pool of potential leaders and technical specialists who can contribute in pursuing Bangsamoro development priorities. “The ICSP awardees pursued post graduate degrees in Education, Social Protection and Community Development, Urban Planning and Infrastructure Development, Engineering, Public Administration and Governance, Peace and Development Programs, Public/Community Health, Human Resource/Organisational Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Sustainable Development Studies. Philippine schools/universities based in Metro Manila and in the cities of Iligan, Cotabato and Davao also referred to as Partner Academic Institutions (PAIs) hosted the awardees.”

What our scholars say

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As a government worker, the in-country scholarship program has helped me a lot in understanding governance. As a writer, I need knowledge on governance for me to be a good government communicator. My Master of Public Administration Major in Public Policy and Program Administration from University of the Philippines-Diliman has proven useful in the campaign I oversee in our office. I was able to apply my learning about the collaboration among the government, civil society, and private sector for a common cause for society.

Nesreen Abdulrauf Hadjirasid

Master of Public Administration Major in Public Policy and Program Administration, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Fairoz Abdulkadir

Master of Education in Instructional Leadership, University of Southeastern Philippines

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ICSP helped develop and improve my learning styles and teaching skills. It increased my skills in relating and adjusting to varied personalities and in handling different situations as well as finding solutions.

Ansar Amiang

Master of Arts in Educational Administration, Ateneo de Davao University

Ansar Amiang

Master of Arts in Educational Administration, Ateneo de Davao University

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My ICSP stint helped me actualise a target assigned to me in my workplace; and this was on drafting the LGU’s succession planning that guided the promotions of several employees in the provincial office.

Maria Jesusa Gupit

Master in Business Administration major in Human Resource and Organisation Development, Ateneo de Davao University

Maria Jesusa Gupit

Master in Business Administration major in Human Resource and Organisation Development, Ateneo de Davao University

What our scholars say

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ICSP has influenced me to be involved in development activities. I now contribute in decision making processes and developed my potentials as leader.

Fairoz Abdulkadir

Master of Education in Instructional Leadership, University of Southeastern Philippines

Fairoz Abdulkadir

Master of Education in Instructional Leadership, University of Southeastern Philippines

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ICSP helped develop and improve my learning styles and teaching skills. It increased my skills in relating and adjusting to varied personalities and in handling different situations as well as finding solutions.

Ansar Amiang

Master of Arts in Educational Administration, Ateneo de Davao University

Ansar Amiang

Master of Arts in Educational Administration, Ateneo de Davao University

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My ICSP stint helped me actualise a target assigned to me in my workplace; and this was on drafting the LGU’s succession planning that guided the promotions of several employees in the provincial office.

Maria Jesusa Gupit

Master in Business Administration major in Human Resource and Organisation Development, Ateneo de Davao University

Maria Jesusa Gupit

Master in Business Administration major in Human Resource and Organisation Development, Ateneo de Davao University

News and Updates

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Armelyn A. Malila, Master in Science in Social Work, Ateneo de Davao University

Thesis: “The Role of Spirituality Component in Community Based Rehabilitation and Aftercare Program (CBRAP) of Recovering Drug Dependents in Tagum City” Congratulations on your well-deserved success!

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Saliha Macacuna-Hadji Nasser (Intake2), marched last 22 January 2020

Hurray! Saliha Macacuna-Hadji Nasser (Intake2) - Master of Arts in English Language Studies, marched last 22 January 2020 during the Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology graduation rites. Thesis Title: Tarpaulins in Space: Demarcating the Scope of Meranaw Identity. Congratulation, Ika!

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Armelyn A. Malila, Master in Science in Social Work, Ateneo de Davao University

Thesis: “The Role of Spirituality Component in Community Based Rehabilitation and Aftercare Program (CBRAP) of Recovering Drug Dependents in Tagum City” Congratulations on your well-deserved success!

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Saliha Macacuna-Hadji Nasser (Intake2), marched last 22 January 2020

Hurray! Saliha Macacuna-Hadji Nasser (Intake2) - Master of Arts in English Language Studies, marched last 22 January 2020 during the Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology graduation rites. Thesis Title: Tarpaulins in Space: Demarcating the Scope of Meranaw Identity. Congratulation, Ika!

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Armelyn A. Malila, Master in Science in Social Work, Ateneo de Davao University

Thesis: “The Role of Spirituality Component in Community Based Rehabilitation and Aftercare Program (CBRAP) of Recovering Drug Dependents in Tagum City” Congratulations on your well-deserved success!

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Saliha Macacuna-Hadji Nasser (Intake2), marched last 22 January 2020

Hurray! Saliha Macacuna-Hadji Nasser (Intake2) - Master of Arts in English Language Studies, marched last 22 January 2020 during the Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology graduation rites. Thesis Title: Tarpaulins in Space: Demarcating the Scope of Meranaw Identity. Congratulation, Ika!


Story Bites

Story Bites

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Supporting women-led SMEs in time of COVID-19

The opportunity given to Australian Aid In-Country Scholarships Program alumnus Selahuddin Yu Hashim has helped him made changes in the lives of the Bangsamoro region in terms of health, nutrition, good governance, women and youth, peace, social cohesion and economic revolution. His organization, The Moropreneur Inc., spearheaded Women-led Innovative Solution for Economic Recovery (WISER), a program that aims to support women’s livelihoods and community leadership capacities during the pandemic in the conflict-affected areas and ceasefire communities in the region. WISER provided advocacy and awareness building on COVID-19 using digital platform – Kapit Bisig, and COVID-19 early recovery and economic stimulus packages especially with women-led cooperatives and small-medium enterprises.

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ICSP alumna spearheads COVID-19 info campaign in Marawi City

Australian Aid In-Country Scholarships Program alumna Zuhaina Abubacar’s ultimate desire of helping people suffering because of armed conflicts and other disasters has always been her inspiration to be a humanitarian worker. As a Health Promotion Supervisor of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)/Doctors without Borders in Marawi City, she is managing activities such community health promotions through information campaign about COVID-19 and orienting barangay health workers of their roles and responsibilities in contact tracing and surveillance and how they can manage carefully the locally stranded individuals in the city.

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Supporting women-led SMEs in time of COVID-19

The opportunity given to Australian Aid In-Country Scholarships Program alumnus Selahuddin Yu Hashim has helped him made changes in the lives of the Bangsamoro region in terms of health, nutrition, good governance, women and youth, peace, social cohesion and economic revolution. His organization, The Moropreneur Inc., spearheaded Women-led Innovative Solution for Economic Recovery (WISER), a program that aims to support women’s livelihoods and community leadership capacities during the pandemic in the conflict-affected areas and ceasefire communities in the region. WISER provided advocacy and awareness building on COVID-19 using digital platform – Kapit Bisig, and COVID-19 early recovery and economic stimulus packages especially with women-led cooperatives and small-medium enterprises.

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ICSP alumna spearheads COVID-19 info campaign in Marawi City/h4>

Australian Aid In-Country Scholarships Program alumna Zuhaina Abubacar’s ultimate desire of helping people suffering because of armed conflicts and other disasters has always been her inspiration to be a humanitarian worker. As a Health Promotion Supervisor of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)/Doctors without Borders in Marawi City, she is managing activities such community health promotions through information campaign about COVID-19 and orienting barangay health workers of their roles and responsibilities in contact tracing and surveillance and how they can manage carefully the locally stranded individuals in the city.

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Supporting women-led SMEs in time of COVID-19

The opportunity given to Australian Aid In-Country Scholarships Program alumnus Selahuddin Yu Hashim has helped him made changes in the lives of the Bangsamoro region in terms of health, nutrition, good governance, women and youth, peace, social cohesion and economic revolution. His organization, The Moropreneur Inc., spearheaded Women-led Innovative Solution for Economic Recovery (WISER), a program that aims to support women’s livelihoods and community leadership capacities during the pandemic in the conflict-affected areas and ceasefire communities in the region. WISER provided advocacy and awareness building on COVID-19 using digital platform – Kapit Bisig, and COVID-19 early recovery and economic stimulus packages especially with women-led cooperatives and small-medium enterprises.

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ICSP alumna spearheads COVID-19 info campaign in Marawi City

Australian Aid In-Country Scholarships Program alumna Zuhaina Abubacar’s ultimate desire of helping people suffering because of armed conflicts and other disasters has always been her inspiration to be a humanitarian worker. As a Health Promotion Supervisor of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)/Doctors without Borders in Marawi City, she is managing activities such community health promotions through information campaign about COVID-19 and orienting barangay health workers of their roles and responsibilities in contact tracing and surveillance and how they can manage carefully the locally stranded individuals in the city.