Application, Assessment Process and Required Documents

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Australia Awards – Intake 2018

Before submitting an application for an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants MUST read the Scholarships Policy Handbook  and the Sri Lanka Country Profile
All details about the Australia Awards Scholarships are contained in the Handbook. Sri Lanka-specific information are contained in the Country Profile

Australia Awards Sri Lanka organizes free information seminars every Thursday at 4:30 p.m in its office at 75 1/1, Kynsey Road, Colombo 08. Information seminars will also be in outstation districts and provinces. Please access relevant information here. If you meet the basic eligibility criteria as stated in this link and are interested to participate in any of the seminars, send in an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0115772980 to register.

Application, Assessment Process and Required Documents

What documents MUST be submitted as part of the application?

A table of required documents can be found below. 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.

Required documents OASIS document type Certified (Yes/No)
Tertiary degree certificates Degree Certificate

Yes

Academic grades for university qualifications* Academic Transcript

Yes

Passport/National ID/ Driving licence Proof of citizenship

Yes

Birth certificate Proof of place of birth

Yes

Curriculum Vitae (CV) Other Document

No

Development Impact Plan (DIP) Other Document

No

Certificates of special achievement or merit Other Document

No

English language test (IELTS, TOEFL or PTE) certificate with results valid at 1 January 2018 Proof of English language proficiency

Yes

Masters by coursework applicants: One academic referee report and one other referee report (e.g. a work supervisor – with referee’s seal)
If employed, the second referee report MUST be from the immediate supervisor/employer
Referee Report

No

Masters by research applicants: two academic referee reports and one other referee report (e.g. a work supervisor) (with referee’s seal)
If employed, the second referee report MUST be from the immediate supervisor / employer.
Referee Report

No

Masters by research applicants: a research proposal. This proposal must include a proposed methodology, timeline and a brief literature review Other Document

No

Employment Letter** Other Document

No

Any other document you wish to upload supporting your eligibility Other Document

No

*Applicants must include both consolidated and year-by-year transcripts.

**The Employment Letter must address the matters detailed under Eligibility Criteria above. Applicants may need to provide more than one Employment Letter as evidence of their post-qualification experience.


What is the timetable for applications?

Applications open 1 February 2017 and will close on 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. Applicants selected for interview will be notified about interview outcome in August 2017.


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/


Are paper/hardcopy applications acceptable?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications online.


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, 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 Sri Lanka.
  • they satisfy all university enrolment requirements, including English language proficiency.