SCHOLARSHIPS

2017-02-01

Australia Awards Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2017-04-30
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AUSTRALIA AWARDS INTAKE 2018
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

General eligibility criteria
You are eligible if you:
- are over 18 years of age;
- are a citizen of Nepal and currently residing in and applying for the Scholarship from Nepal;
- 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.)
- satisfy English language requirements with an IELTS (Academic) average score of 6.5 or above (with no individual 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 score of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all sub-tests, or a Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) overall score of 58, with no communicative skill score less than 50.

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 two years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have been home for four years).

Country-specific eligibility criteria
In addition to the general eligibility criteria, applicants from Nepal must also meet the following country-specific criteria:
> have either a four year Bachelor’s degree with three years’ relevant work experience; a three year Bachelor’s degree with at least one year Master’s degree with three years’ work experience; or two year Bachelor’s degree with at least a two year Master’s degree with four years’ work experience;
> have an IELTS (Academic) average score of 6.5 or above (with no individual band less than 6.0) or equivalent (Scholarship Policy requirement).
> applicants from the public sector who are nominated by the Government of Nepal must  have their nominations submitted to the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu by the Nepalese Ministry of Finance;
> applicants wishing to study a Masters by Research must identify a supervisor;
> Awards for 2018 must be taken in Semester 1 of 2018; they cannot be transferred to the following semesters.

For women, persons with disability, members of traditionally marginalized groups or applicants from the public sector nominated by the Government of Nepal, an IELTS (Academic) average score of 6.0 or above (with no individual band less than 5.0) or equivalent score in TOEFL or PTE will be considered.

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 Nepal 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.

For what sectors are Scholarships available?

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered to applicants from Nepal for study at Master’s level in one of the priority fields of study. The study can be undertaken by coursework or by research, or a combination of the two. However, the maximum duration that DFAT will support a Master’s degree program is for two years.

What fields of study are available for Intake 2018?
The fields of study under the Priority Sectors of Education; Gender, Inclusion and Disability; Governance (for Government of Nepal applicants only); Health; Livelihoods and Economic Development; and Water Resource Management are available for Intake 2018. The detailed field of study are available here.

What are Australia Awards Scholarships English Language Requirements?
Do you want to be a leader in your field and make a difference in Nepal? Start preparing for your opportunity to gain a world class education and become an emerging leader for development with strong links to Australia.

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships commencing in January 2018 will open on 1 February 2017 and will close on 30 April 2017, so now is the time to start preparing for your application, including ensuring that you satisfy the necessary English language requirements.

Australia Awards Scholarships in Nepal will be offered to undertake Masters study programs in the priority development sectors of Education, Livelihoods and Economic Development, Health, Governance (for Government of Nepal applicants only), Water Resource Management and Gender, Inclusion and Disability.

If you intend to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship, you are encouraged to complete either an IELTS, TOEFL or PTE language examination well before your application is due.

Eligibility
To be eligible you must meet the following minimum standards in English language proficiency with 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.

For women, persons with disability, members of traditionally marginalized groups or applicants from the public sector nominated by the Government of Nepal, an IELTS (Academic) average score of 6.0 or above (with no individual band less than 5.0) or equivalent score in TOEFL or PTE will be considered.

Further information
For information about Australia Awards Scholarships visit: www.australiaawards.gov.au 
OR
Contact the Australia Awards Nepal Country Office:
Chhetrabikram Marg, Panipokhari, Maharjagunj,
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 1 4002614
inquiries@australiaawardsnepal.org

It is important to visit official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more details/Original Scholarship Link:
Australia Awards – Intake 2018

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