Applications for the 2015 Masters Awards are now open.
You should submit your fully completed Application Form along with all supporting documents by 13 December 2013. We encourage applicants to submit their applications earlier than this if possible. People with disability are encouraged to apply, as are women and people from rural areas.
SIERRA LEONE: Desired Applicant Profile (DAP) – Master Awards 2015
- Agriculture/Food Security
- Natural Resources Management
- Public Policy
Coordinating Authority for Sierra Leone
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
- You are a national of Sierra Leone.
- 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.
- You must be between 25 and 50 years of age at the date of your application.
- You must have at least three (3) years’ relevant 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.
- As a Public sector applicant, you must comply with the Government of Sierra Leone’s regulations for government employees wishing to apply for scholarships.
- You possess, as a minimum, a Bachelors degree (or the equivalent) from a recognised Institution of at least 4 years in length with a grade point of 2.2 for honours and 2.0 for combined degrees.
- You must have a minimum English language proficiency equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 4.5. (Equivalent TOEFL scores are also accepted). Those with overall scores of lower than 6.5 who are selected for an award will be supported to undertake between 3 and 9 months pre-course English language training and will need to achieve a score of 6.5 at the end of this training with no band score lower than 6.
- 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 must meet the general minimum eligibility criteria for Australia Awards Scholarships – refer to the Australia Awards Scholarships policy handbook)
Support Service Options
- Provision of Pre- course English on a case-by-case basis
- Provision of course research support for short-listed candidates
- Special needs assistance as deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis
- Standard Australia Awards Scholarships support conditions for awardees – refer to the Australia Awards Scholarships policy handbook
For further information on Australian Government policies, please see the links below.
- Australia Awards (The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australian Aid website that includes information on various types of scholarships. Note: not all award types shown on this website may be available in Africa)
- Australia Awards Scholarships policy handbook—April 2013
- Looking West: Australia’s strategic approach to aid in Africa 2011–2015 (The sectoral priorities of the Australian Government)
- Australian Government Information on Disability Rights