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In-Country Scholarship Program

Become an ICSP Scholar

The Australian Government’s In-Country Scholarship Program (ICSP) offers opportunities for potential leaders and technical specialists of the Bangsamoro to pursue postgraduate studies in premier academic institutions in the Philippines and contribute to addressing the needs of the Bangsamoro government. The program aims to respond to the human resource development (HRD) priorities of the new Bangsamoro government as it pursues its vision of a “united, enlightened, self-governing, peaceful, just, morally upright, and progressive” region in Mindanao.

ICSP Throughout the Years

Launched in 2012, the ICSP complements the Australia Awards Scholarships by providing learning opportunities for individuals in the Bangsamoro region who are unable to study in Australia because of work or family demands. Under this program, the development of competencies will be carried out through postgraduate studies that aim to continue building up a pool of professionals who may be tapped by the new government for its posts or lead in facilitating development activities. Since its launch, a total of 158 awardees from Mindanao have been granted this study option through two runs of the program.

In 2019, the approval and subsequent implementation of the Republic Act 11054, an Act Providing for the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), heralded a new chapter for the Bangsamoro people. This impels the BARMM government, and its agencies to ensure the presence of a team of competent human resources to manage its operations and accelerate developments in the region.

In response to this challenge, the Australian Awards and Alumni Engagement Program-Philippines (AAAEP-P) through ICSP will support the human resource development (HRD) priorities of the new Bangsamoro government in pursuing peace and security in Mindanao and delivering government services in the Region. The ICSP’s overall strategy centers on competency building and enhancement and intends to contribute in addressing selected HRD needs of the BARMM Government. It will also support building competencies that will take part in addressing COVID-19 and the post-pandemic period.

The priority themes for program study are:

  • Agronomy
  • Forestry
  • Agri-Business
  • Fisheries
  • Engineering (Civil Engineering, Structural)
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
  • Social Welfare and Development
  • Public / Community Health
  • Enterprise Development
  • Gender
  • Human Resource / Organisational Development
  • Peace and Development
  • Development Communication

Applications for ICSP Batch 3

Applications for the ICSP Batch 3 is now open until 07 June 2022.

Am I Eligible?

1

Filipino citizens, residing and working in the Bangsamoro region, who are committed to work for the development of the BARMM

2

At least two (2)-year work experience after completing undergraduate degree

3

Has not been the subject of any disciplinary actions that warranted suspension or expulsion from your employers. A certification of no pending administrative case from employer is required

4

Not a current beneficiary of any scholarship or other education assistance program at the time of application or for the duration of the scholarship

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

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The scholarship awards shall be for the prescribed duration to finish the degree program

2

The scholarship is valid for the academic year following the offer of award and cannot be deferred except for justifiable reasons as determined by the ICSP

3

Scholars are to maintain good academic standing in the academic institutions and to comply with the prescribed retention policy of the university and the ICSP

4

The awardees are to execute a Scholarship Agreement with ICSP and their respective organisations

5

Evaluation of the academic performance is undertaken every term against ICSP policies and progress notes and grades provided by the scholar's academic institution.

The Application Process

1

Fill out the online application form

2

Gather the following required documents:

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From your current employer:

  • Nomination to the scholarship for those employed in BARMM agencies. (download template here - https://www.australiaawardsphilippines.org/icsp/downloadable-documents/nomination-form-icsp-application-for-2022-intake.docx)
  • Declaration/Certificate of no pending administrative case

4

Re-entry Action Plan (REAP). This serves as your plan to apply learning from the post-graduate program study. 

View the annotated guide on crafting your REAP here (https://www.australiaawardsphilippines.org/icsp/downloadable-documents/annotated-reap-template-for-icsp-applicants-2022-intake.pdf)

Download the REAP Template for editing.  You will be asked to upload this filled up REAP in the application form. 

(https://www.australiaawardsphilippines.org/icsp/downloadable-documents/icsp-annotated-reap-template_2022_v1-for-applicants.docx)

Completed Application Form + Documents + REAP

Scholarship Entitlements

Full Tuition and other Approved School Fees

The academic institutions will bill ICSP the full tuition and other approved school fees.  ICSP will pay this directly to the school. 

Book Allowance

Book expenses will be given on a yearly basis and will be reimbursed upon presentation of valid receipts.  The books should be prescribed by the school.

Research/Thesis support (as applicable)

ICSP will provide thesis allowance (as applicable) to awardees who will undertake research/thesis as part of the program requirements. 

One (1) Round Trip Transportation

This covers expenses for air/sea/land travels during the commencement and completion of studies. 

Contribution to Monthly Cost of Living Expenses (CLE)

The contribution to CLE will be given to those who will need to relocate during the study. CLE will be based on current place of residence and location of the university. This is assuming that face-to-face learning mode has been adopted by the respective academic institution

The Selection Process

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Scholars are selected according to criteria set by the Australian Embassy in the Philippines

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Shortlisted applicants are interviewed by a panel composed of representatives from the Australian Embassy, BARMM, and key sector/s.

3

Equal opportunities for both men and women are ensured in the application and selection of successful awardees

4

Proposed field of study aligned to current work and/or undergraduate degree

5

Subject to the assessment, special consideration will be given to persons with disabilities and application from the marginalised groups

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