Application, Assessment Process and Required Documents

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Australia Awards – Intake 2018

Australia Awards Scholarships (AAS) 2018 intake is now closed.

Application, Assessment Process and Required Documents

What documents MUST be submitted as part of the application?

Along with the application, applicants must submit one copy of each relevant supporting document listed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook. Failure to do so may make an application ineligible. Documents requiring certification are specified in the table. Submitting documents without proper certification can also make an application ineligible. If a document is not in English, a certified translated copy must be submitted. The Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook can guide you on how to certify your documents.

In addition, applicants must provide the following documents to meet the specific requirements for Pakistan:

Mandatory Supporting Documents Type
Completed Country Requirements Sheet Original
Completed Development Impact Plan (DIP) Original
Proof of citizenship i.e. national identity card/birth certificate/passport if available Attested copy
Photographic identification:
- passport sized photograph; or
- copy of passport
Attested copy
Tertiary degree certificates (Bachelor’s and Master’s level) – both sides of all degrees should be copied Attested copy
Academic transcripts (where they are not in English please provide an English translation) – both sides of all transcripts should be copied Attested copy
IELTS or TOEFL results valid at 1 January 2018 Attested copy
Academic referee reports (two reports for Masters by Research applicants; one for Masters by Coursework applicants).  The referee report template is available in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook Original
Employment referee report (same template as above) Original
Employment letters specifying years of service and job description (not employment contract) Attested Copy
For Masters by research degree applicants only:
Evidence (a letter or email) of an in-principle agreement from a research supervisor at their chosen university in Australia (only applies to Masters by research degree applicants whose study program includes at least 50 percent research)
Attested Copy
For Masters by research degree applicants only:
Outline of the proposed research project (up to 1,000 words; only applies to Masters by research degree applicants whose study program includes at least 50 precent research)
Curriculum Vitae Current
NOC for public sector applicants Attested Copy

Note: Provision of false or falsified documents at any stage of the Scholarship cycle will render the applicant ineligible or be grounds for Scholarship offer withdrawal.

What is the timetable for applications?

Applications open 1 February 2017 and will close 30 April 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

Interviews of shortlisted applicants will take place between June and July 2017.

Final results will be released by August 2017. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by August 2017 at the latest.

How do I submit an application?

Applications MUST be submitted online, through the Online Australia Awards Scholarships Information System (OASIS) at

Are paper/hardcopy applications acceptable?


How are applications assessed?

Complete and eligible applications are assessed and ranked based on the applicant’s professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, the applicant’s potential to impact on development challenges in their home country.

What is a Development Impact Plan?

The Development Impact Plan (DIP) records how you hope to contribute to the development of your home country when you return from your studies in Australia. It is a mandatory document for Australia Awards South and West Asia Scholarship applications and must be submitted through OASIS on or before the application deadline.

The purpose of the DIP is to help awardees establish a link between their professional requirements (human resource gaps), the course of study in Australia and development priorities of their respective countries. The DIP seeks to articulate practical and realistic tasks showing how you plan to apply the skills and knowledge gained from your studies in Australia. You will also need to highlight the possible constraints and the resources that you may need to implement the tasks you have identified to demonstrate their feasibility.

The DIP is updated at various points of the award cycle (Pre-Departure Briefing, Return Home Workshop, and the Reintegration Workshop).

You can download the template for the DIP here.

What actions should I start now?

Applicants must carefully check that:

  • the proposed course aligns with a field of study listed for one of the Priority Development Sectors for Pakistan;
  • they satisfy all university enrolment requirements, including English language proficiency.