Closing date: 15 January 2017
Location: Home Based
Project Overview and Role
Australia Awards – Africa (the Program) is a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) funded initiative designed to equip Africans with the skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to sustainable economic and social development outcomes of their own countries; and to build the long-term, sustainable links with Australia.
Australia Awards – Africa provides a mix of scholarships and short courses to Africans in the public, civil society and private sectors in targeted disciplines that support the home countries’ developmental priorities.
In 2017 the Program will pilot a number of Post-Doctoral (Post-Doc) Fellowships to Africans through the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN).
In the pilot phase, the Post-Doctoral Fellowship program seeks to:
- Develop on-going educational, research and professional links between individuals and universities in Australia and South Africa in the areas of Science and Technology, Agricultural Productivity and/or Health.
- Provide opportunities for high achieving academics to improve their research skills and contribute to developmental outcomes in Africa.
- Contribute to Australia’s position as a high quality education and training provider and a leader in research and innovation.
- Contribute to the research capacity of South African tertiary institutions.
Australia Awards – Africa is managed by Palladium on behalf of DFAT. Palladium is now seeking Expressions of Interest from specialists with appropriate skills, qualifications and experience to serve as Independent Selection Panel Members for the selection of eligible candidates for Australia Awards – Post-Doctoral Fellowships. In 2017, between 5 to 8 Fellowships will be available to African academics affiliated to a South African university that is a member of the AAUN and involved in research aligned to Science and Technology, Agricultural Productivity and/or Health.
The Selection Panel Members will assess applicants’ documents submitted in support of their application and, using templates provided by Palladium, provide scored assessments to guide DFAT in the final selection of candidates for a place in the Australia Awards Post-Doctoral Fellowships program for 2017.