About Australia Awards

 

Pre-Interview Information

 

Following the application and short-listing process, face-to-face interviews are held for short-listed candidates. The interview is an important step in the selection process and is an opportunity for candidates to convince the Interview Panel that they should be selected for a scholarship. Below is an online guide and information sheets that provide valuable tips and guidelines to help candidates prepare.

 
 
 

Awardee responsibilities

 

Before departing their home country, Awardees must sign a contract between themselves and the Commonwealth of Australia agreeing to the Scholarship conditions and benefits. In some cases, the home country government may also impose conditions on the scholarship.  The Scholarship Handbook provides detailed information on all aspects of the scholarships program, click here to download the handbook....

 
 

Selection and placement process

 

Information about Australia Awards is available on this website, through public advertising, and via notification of relevant ministries and departments and other in-country partners. Potential applicants may access the application forms on this website from early September each year.   For Masters-level Awards, short-listing and final selection exercises take place between January and June of each year. Face-to-face interviews with short-listed candidates...

 
 

English Language requirements and support

 

All studies undertaken under Australia Awards are in English and, for postgraduate studies at an Australian University, a high level of English proficiency is required.   English requirements for Masters Awards: Candidates for Masters Awards may be required to sit a language proficiency test as part of the selection and course placement process. Language proficiency is tested through the International English Language...

 
 

Pre-departure support

 

It is compulsory for Australia Awards Scholarship Awardees to participate in a Pre-Departure Briefing. The Australian Government and GRM are responsible for providing the briefing and it is normally delivered across several locations in Africa in the October prior to the students’ departure for Australia.  Africa Fellowship Awardees are not required to attend these sessions.   Pre-departure Briefings provide essential information that...

 
 

Student visas and mobilisation

 

In order to take up the Award, all Australian Awards Scholarships and Australian Awards-Short Course candidates must be issued with an appropriate student visa by the Australian Government, and in some cases African Governments. For more information on Australian visas, visa application forms and the visa-related medical examinations, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) at www.border.gov.au.   If...

 
 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is the Australian Government department responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program. Australia Awards delivered under the Australian aid program continue a long tradition of development scholarships that have been an important component of the Australian Government's overseas aid program since the 1950s....

 
 

Palladium

 

Palladium has been contracted by the Australian Government to provide administrative and logistical management of all aspects of the Australia Awards program in Africa. Palladium maintains two Australia Awards program offices in South Africa and Kenya. The role of Palladium in Australia Awards includes:  

  • In consultation with the partner governments, conduct targeted promotion of Australia Awards opportunities in Africa to attract sufficient, eligible and high-quality...