AusAID's Australia Awards are an important component of Australia’s investment in education—the flagship of the Australian aid program. They provide long and short term study and professional development opportunities to citizens from developing countries around the globe.
They provide opportunities for all—one of five strategic goals that guide the aid program. They are targeted to provide enhanced leadership, knowledge and technical skills to partner governments, tertiary institutions and strategic organisations that are driving sustainable development.
They provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) 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.
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 as 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 AusAID. From 1 January 2013, CLE payable to Scholars studying under an ADS is A$30,000 per year.
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 (with the exception of pre existing conditions).
Pre-course English (PCE) fees—if deemed necessary PCE may be available for students for in-country and/or in-Australia training.
Supplementary Academic Support may be available to ensure a Scholar's academic success or enhance their academic experience.
Fieldwork (for research students only)—may be available for eligible research students foronereturn economy class airfare via the most direct route to their country of citizenship or within Australia.
Applicants who want to accept an Australia Awards scholarship will need to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship.
Awardees are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Failure to do so will result in the awardee incurring a debt for the total accrued cost of their scholarship.
The Australia Awards Scholarships open on 1 February 2013, and close on 30 April 2013.