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Australia Awards – Intake 2018

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

What are the Australia Awards Scholarships English Language Requirements?


To be eligible you must meet the following minimum standards in English language proficiency with the results valid as at 1 January 2018:

  • IELTS (Academic): a minimum overall score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0;
  • TOEFL: a minimum paper-based test score of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English or an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all subtests; or
  • PTE:  an academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

What are the timelines involved?

The selection process is open and transparent. The main steps in the processes are:

  • Intake opens 1 February 2016
  • Submit applications with necessary supporting documents
  • Intake closes 30 April 2016
  • Compliance checks
  • Short listing and interviews
  • Notification to successful candidates
  • Australia Awards Maldives seeks university placement
  • Immigration/visa and health clearances
  • Pre-departure briefing and pre-mobilisation
  • Departure to Australia early January 2017

What are the eligibility requirements?

General eligibility criteria

You are eligible if you:

  • are a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the Scholarship;
  • are a Maldivian citizen;
  • are residing in and applying for the scholarship from the Maldives;
  • satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for an Australian Student Visa sub-class 500;
  • satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the Award is to be undertaken (this may mean that Award will be withdrawn if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution's admission requirements.)

You are NOT eligible if you are:

  • married, engaged to, or are a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any part of the application, selection or mobilisation phases;
  • current serving military personnel;
  • applying for a course of study in Australia for which you have already achieved the same qualification that is deemed equivalent to the Australian qualification;
  • applying for another long term Australia Award without having resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that you 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 been home for eight years).

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:

  • not have obtained an academic qualification outside the Maldives in the 24 months preceding the application closing date, calculated from the date of arrival back in the Maldives;
  • have a tertiary qualification at least equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s degree;
  • select a Master’s course not longer than 2 years in duration;
  • have worked in the Maldives for at least 24 months preceding the application closing date (30 April 2017) and after completing their Bachelor’s degree;
  • have a minimum IELTS (Academic) overall score* of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, or a TOEFL paper-based test score* of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English, or a TOEFL internet-based (iBT) score* of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all sub-tests, or a PTE Academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

*Note: IELTS, TOEFL and PTE certificates must be valid at 1 January 2018.

Special conditions

Awardees are required:

  • to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring they will comply with the conditions of the Scholarship;
  • to return to the Maldives for at least two years after completing their Scholarship, to contribute to the economic and social development of the country. Failure to do so will incur a debt to the Commonwealth of Australia for the total value of the Scholarship.

You can visit this link to verify whether you satisfy the eligibility criteria before commencing an application.

Application, Assessment Process and Required Documents

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

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:

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

About Australia Awards

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: 

  • Full tuition fees
  • Return air travel - payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route
  • Establishment allowance-a once only payment of A$5,000 as a contribution towards accommodation expenses, text books, study materials
  • Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) - is a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by the department
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP) - a compulsory 4-6 week program prior to the commencement of formal academic studies covering information on life and study in Australia
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only) - provided to cover the student's basic medical costs
  • Supplementary Academic Support may be available to ensure a Scholar's academic success or enhance their academic experience

Please check the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook for a detailed discussion about Scholarship benefits and entitlements.