To be eligible you must meet the following minimum standards in English language proficiency with the results valid as at 1 January 2018:
The selection process is open and transparent. The main steps in the processes are:
General eligibility criteria
You are eligible if you:
You are NOT eligible if you are:
Detailed information on the Eligibility Criteria can be found in the Scholarships Policy Handbook.
Country-specific eligibility criteria
In addition to the general eligibility criteria, applicants from the Maldives must also meet the following country-specific criteria:
*Note: IELTS, TOEFL and PTE certificates must be valid at 1 January 2018.
Awardees are required:
You can visit this link to verify whether you satisfy the eligibility criteria before commencing an application.
What documents MUST be submitted as part of the application?
A table of required documents can be found here. These documents must be submitted with an application. 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.
What is the timetable for applications?
Applications open 1 February 2017 and will close 30 April 2017 at 5 pm (Maldives time). Late applications will not be considered.
Interviews of shortlisted applicants will take place between June and July 2017.
Final results will be released by September 2017. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by September 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 https://oasis.dfat.gov.au/
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.
How do I get started?
Applicants must carefully check that:
What are Australia Awards?
Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships and Fellowships funded by the Australian Government.
They offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for high-achieving Australians to do the same overseas.
What are Australia Awards Scholarships?
Australia Awards Scholarships are long term development awards administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia's partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements. They provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education institutions.
The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to the development outcomes of their own country.
Which Australian institutions participate in Australia Awards Scholarships?
A list of participating institutions for Intake 2018 is available here.
What benefits are provided as part of Australia Awards Scholarships?
The Awards are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training. The following benefits generally apply:
Please check the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook for a detailed discussion about Scholarship benefits and entitlements.