Courses: Available courses
Level: Postgraduate (Masters, PhD, Short Courses) Degree
Provider: Australian Government
Coutry to Study in: Africa, Australia
Description: The Australia Awards in Africa (AAA), an initiative of the Australian Government is a pan-African program of development scholarships and fellowships that offers 1,000 postgraduate scholarships each year to eligible African professionals.
Australia is committed to developing the capacity and leadership skills of Africans to enable them to contribute effectively to development in their home countries.
Over the past three years, the number of scholarships available for African professionals has increased ten-fold to a total of 1,000 development awards annually. One-quarter of all Australia’s development scholarships are now directed to Africa.
Australia Awards, a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa, provide access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards Alumni are expected to contribute actively to development in their home countries.
The Australia Awards currently comprise two types of scholarship: Australian Awards Scholarships to undertake higher degree studies in Australia at Masters level (the Master Awards) AND Australia Awards – Africa Fellowships, to undertake short-term, targeted professional training courses, in Australia and/or in Africa, in a range of development-focused sectors (the Africa Fellowships & the Australia Awards Fellowships).
The 2014/15 Australian Development Scholarships applications are now open for up to 1,000 African Students.
Eligibility: You are only eligible for an Award if these apply:
- You must not be more than 50 years of age at the date of your application.
- You must have at least three (3) years’ relevant post graduate work experience. This work experience must be in a role relevant to your proposed field of study and to your employment organisation type (e.g. public sector applicants should demonstrate public sector work experience, and so on). Preference will be given to candidates with greater periods of experience.
- You possess, as a minimum, a Bachelors degree (or the equivalent) from a recognized Institution of at least 4 years in length with at least a 3rd Class Pass.
- Public sector candidates must comply with Government of your country regulations for government employees wishing to apply for scholarships
- Public sector, private sector and civil society candidates must provide evidence of completion of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) (for Nigerian candidates- visit adsafrica.com.au for country specific requirements) when they apply.
- You must not already hold, or be studying for, a Masters Degree
- You must be willing to make a formal commitment to return to your current employment following completion of the award
- You are a national of an African country. See country list below
- You are an early or mid-career professional working in the Public Sector, the Private Sector or a Non-Government Organisation (Civil Society) in one of the listed priority fields of study.
- You wish to undertake a Masters degree in Australia in one of the listed priority fields of study. You cannot study a Masters of Business Administration.
- You have a clear vision for how you will use the knowledge gained through the Masters degree to improve policy, practice or education in the proposed field of study.
- Gender Equality: Australia Awards target equal participation by women and men. Applications from women are strongly encouraged, and mechanisms are in place to support women applicants and Awardees.
- Disability Inclusion: Australia Awards aim to ensure that people with a disability are given fair and equal opportunity to compete for and obtain a scholarship. Applications from people with a disability are strongly encouraged. Mechanisms are in place to support applicants and Awardees requiring specific assistance.
African Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Cape Verde, Comoros, Congo(Republic of), Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia
In addition to the above, the following countries were eligible for the Short Course Awards (SCAs) for the 2013 Intake: Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Mauritania, Niger, North Sudan, Republic of Guinea, South Sudan
Please refer to the country-specific pages (see METHOD OF APPLICATION below) for specific country-based scholarship information and submission deadlines for the 2014/15 Intake. Sectors of focus for ADS are agreed with each participating Partner Government. The country specific information for applicants’ home country will indicate what those priority sectors are.
Participating Institution(s): All accredited institutions of higher learning in Africa and.or Australia
Fields of Study: Masters level, Doctoral level and Short term professional training courses in various fields specific for different countries (see ‘country specific details’ from link below).
Award types Include:
- Short Course Awards are available for studies in a range of priority sectors including Agriculture, Maternal and Child Health, Mining Governance and Public Policy. Studies are conducted at locations in Africa and in Australia for periods up to 3 months. Short course awards are available to eligible applicants from 51 African countries.
- Long-Term Awards are postgraduate scholarships that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university. For studies commencing in 2014, Long-Term Awards are available to eligible applicants from 28 African countries.
Two types of Fellowships are available. The first one, Africa Fellowships, offers opportunities for short post-graduate training delivered in Australia and/or in Africa for up to three months. The second type, Australia Awards Fellowships, managed from Canberra, Australia; aim to develop leadership, address priority regional development issues, and build partnerships and linkages between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries, including countries in Africa.
Australia Awards (Fellowships)
Priority areas are:
- Agriculture/Food Security (Soil and Water Conservation Agriculture, Livestock and Post-harvest Management)
- Mining (Geospatial Information Systems, Managing the Social and Environmental Impacts of Mining and Mining Resources: Regulation and Revenue Management)
- Public Policy (including Diplomacy, Public-Private Partnerships and Trade)
Australia Awards Scholarships (Masters Level)
The Current Priority Fields for 2014/15 include:
- Agriculture/Food Security
- Health (including HIV/AIDS)
- Public Policy (including public sector management, public sector reform, trade, international diplomacy)
- Technical and Vocational Education & Training (available for Short Courses only)
Number of awards: Up to 1000 scholarship awards will be granted
Sponsorship duration: For the whole duration of the Masters degree study, PhD program or short course stay
Scholarship benefits: This is a FULL government-sponsored award – thus covers full financial support for the postgraduate programmes
Method of Application: Visit the official country page OR the Africa country map. Select your country of origin (if country page) OR hover over the Africa map (if Africa country map). Follow the country-specific details and instructions to apply.
DEADLINES: Applications will be accepted for the Australia Awards from 1st September 2013. Applications will only be received over a 4 month period from September to December each year.
The closing date for the 2014/15 Australia Awards Scholarships is 13 December 2013 for Masters level Awards and 17 January 2014 for the Africa Fellowships.
PLEASE NOTE: Application from women and people with disability is strongly encouraged
To find out more information on country-specific information, eligibility criteria and application process for the two types of awards, please go to your country page.
The awards below were previously considered in past years:
- Australian Leadership Award Scholarships: Supplementary scholarships for recipients of Masters-level Awards that aim to enhance leadership in tackling development challenges; AND
- Australian Leadership Award Fellowships: Fellowships hosted by an Australian organisation that are intended to build long-term relationships between Australia and African professionals
Contact: Should you require further information on the Australia Awards in Africa program, you are encouraged to go through the Frequently Asked Questions AND/OR to contact the providers directly.
Application Deadline: 13 December 2013 / 17 January 2014
Open to International Students: Yes (ONLY Africans)