Frequently Asked Questions

 
    1. Where can I get more information about the Australia Awards program?
    2. I need financial support towards my primary or secondary studies. Can I apply for a Scholarship?
    3. Can I apply for a scholarship for a Bachelor degree under Australia Awards?
    4. How can I apply for an Award?
    5. When can I apply?
    6. If my country is not on the list of eligible countries, can I apply for a scholarship?
    7. I already have an offer for admission to an Australian university for a Masters degree. Can I now apply for a scholarship?
    8. What is the best way for me to find the most appropriate course for me in Australia?
    9. What costs are covered by Australia Awards?
    10. Can I take my family to Australia if I receive an Australia Award?
    11. Am I covered by health insurance while I am in Australia?
    12. How do I prepare for going to Australia if I receive an an Award?
    13. What support can I expect from my chosen university when I reach Australia?
    14. What is the policy of Australia Awards towards encouraging participation by women in the program?
    15. Is there any special support available to assist women who receive an award?
    16. What support does Australia Awards provide for people with disability to assist their participation in the program?
    17. Can I apply for the awards if I am HIV positive or if I have a chronic illness?
    18. Abbreviations and Acronyms

     

     

    1. Where can I get more information about the Australia Awards program?

    This website contains all the information you need. If you have a specific question to which you cannot find an answer on the website you can contact GRM-Australia Awards (the Managing Contractor engaged by the Australian Government for the administration and logistical management of the Australia Awards program) directly by sending an e-mail to enquiries@australiaawardsafrica.org.



     

    2. I need financial support towards my primary or secondary studies. Can I apply for a Scholarship?

    The Australian Government does not support primary or secondary studies under Australia Awards.

     

    3. Can I apply for a scholarship for a Bachelor degree under Australia Awards?

    No. Australia Awards are only offered to selected candidates to undertake postgraduate studies.

     

    4. How can I apply for an Award?

    At the website homepage, click on ‘choose your country’ profile with the African map icon and check the country-specific page for details on whether your country receives Awards.

     

    5. When can I apply?

    Applications will only be received over a 4 month period from September to December each year.

     

     

    6. If my country is not on the list of eligible countries, can I apply for a scholarship?

    No. If your country is not listed as being eligible for an Award type, then your application will not be considered.

     

    7. I already have an offer for admission to an Australian university for a Masters degree. Can I now apply for a scholarship?

    Yes, you may apply for a scholarship if you meet the eligibility criteria for an Award . Having a pre-existing offer may be an advantage for you in the selection process but will not guarantee you will be awarded a scholarship.

     

    8. What is the best way for me to find the most appropriate course for me in Australia?

    Information can be obtained from the Study in Australia section of this website.

     

    9. What costs are covered by Australia Awards?

    For holders of an Australia Awards Masters Scholarship, entitlements include the full costs of tuition fees for up to two years for a Masters award. An economy class flight to and from Australia is provided and an approximate annual stipend of AUD 30,000 to cover living expenses whilst on award in Australia. Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is also provided to cover Awardee’s basic medical costs. A one off Establishment Allowance of AUD 5,000 is payable to assist with the costs of starting life in Australia and commencing your course (e.g. course books and materials, rental deposits, household items etc.). Awardees, whose families remain in their home country, may be entitled to a reunion airfare to allow them to travel home midway through the course, but this is only available to Awardees whose course is for 2 years or longer.

     

    10. Can I take my family to Australia if I receive an Australia Award?

    Successful candidates of an Australia Award Masters Scholarship are able to apply for their spouse and children to join them in Australia, by applying for dependent visas. This is normally only possible after arriving in Australia, following commencement of the course and with the approval of the University.. Ensure that you understand the process which will be explained to you by GRM at the Pre-Departure Briefings. Note also, that Australia Awards does not provide any additional financial support for your family to travel and live with you in Australia.

     

    For Short Course Awards, candidates are not able to apply for a visa for their dependents.

     

    11. Am I covered by health insurance while I am in Australia?

    Institutions and training providers will purchase mandatory Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) to cover Awardees for basic medical care. For those delivering training in Africa, additional health insurance is obtained. Please ensure that you read all the material provided to you on your health insurance. In most instances no coverage is offered for those with pre-existing medical conditions so these should be declared to GRM as soon as possible. A pre existing medical condition is a medical condition that started before a person’s health insurance goes into effect, and usually includes chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, pregnancy among other conditions.

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    12. How do I prepare for going to Australia if I receive an  Award?

    Part of the preparation for an Australia Award Masters Scholarships is mandatory attendance of a Pre-Departure Briefing in the October of the year before you go to Australia. This briefing will provide you with essential information and advice about living and studying in Australia. These events are held in a number of locations across Africa. Australia Awards will cover the cost of your attendance if the event is not being held in your home city. We encourage spouses to attend Pre-Departure Briefings but this is at their own cost.

     

    In addition, Australia Awards encourages awardees to conduct their own research on life in Australia. Please visit the ‘Life in Australia ’ section of this website for some useful information that may assist you with your research. You are especially encouraged to research the likely living costs in the Australian cities and towns you are considering, noting that these can vary from city to city. Accommodation costs and child care costs can be especially demanding for international students.

    Awardees are encouraged to disclose to Palladium if they have a disability, chronic illness or if they are pregnant before mobilizing to Australia. This will enable you to be given information and to be supported while in Australia.

     

    For those undertaking a Short Course please ensure that you read all the pre-departure material sent to you by the training provider.

     

    13. What support can I expect from my chosen university when I reach Australia?

    Each training provider associated with Australia Awards has to demonstrate that there are dedicated support services in place to assist all awardees.

     

    For Masters awardees, universities have a dedicated Student Contact Officer (SCO) who assists DFAT-funded students while they are on-award. The training providers are expected to meet new awardees at the airport on arrival and assist with short- and long-term accommodation. They should also ensure that awardees are familiar with the range of support services available to them in relation to academic and welfare needs.

    Most universities have a Disability Support Unit that is in place to offer academic support to students with disability. Awardees with disability are encouraged to register with these units when they get to Australia so as to be adequately supported.

     

    14. What is the policy of Australia Awards towards encouraging participation by women in the program?

    The Australian Government’s strategies ‘Promoting Opportunities for All: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment’  and the Australian Aid: Promoting Prosperity, Reducing Poverty, Enhancing Stability provide a framework that ensures equal opportunity for women to participate in all Australia aid programs. Women are encouraged to apply and will be supported, as applicable, at all stages of the award including at the selection process, on-award and at the post award stage. A Women in Leadership Network comprised of female alumni has been established to support those women looking to participate and gives peer support to female Awardees. For more details please email alumni@australiaawardsafrica.org

     

    15. Is there any special support available to assist women who receive an award?

    Australia Awards –Africa offers support to women who face difficult circumstances or barriers to their full participation.  This support is offered at all award stages from the pre mobilization, on award and into the post award stage. Women who think they may need support should discuss their requirements early with their Palladium Program officer or contact Social. inclusion@australiaawardsafrica.org.

    http://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/about-australian-awards/information-for-women/

     

    16. What support does Australia Awards provide for people with disability to assist their participation in the program?

    Consistent with the Australian Government’s strategy ‘Development for All: Towards a disability-inclusive Australian aid program 2009–2014’, Australia Awards- Africa is committed to disability inclusion and persons with disability who are eligible are encouraged to apply for the awards

     

    Award applicants are encouraged to disclose if they have a disability from the onset. Having a disability will not disadvantage you in the application or selection process. Your application will be considered like any other and you will not be disadvantaged in any way by disclosing your disability in this competitive process. Reasonable adjustments will, where possible, be made that ensure equitable participation by anyone who identifies as requiring support during all elements of the activity cycle. Any personal information you provide us is protected by the Australian Privacy Act and will not be shared without your consent.

    http://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/about-australian-awards/information-for-people-with-disability/

     

    17. Can I apply for the awards if I am HIV positive or if I have a chronic illness?

    Yes you can. Australia Awards promotes equal opportunity for all applicants, including those with HIV or chronic condition. If you are successful, you will need to consider how to manage your condition while in Australia. The Overseas Student Health Cover usually has a waiting period during which pre-existing medical conditions are not covered.
    After you disclose your condition, you will be advised of options to consider for managing your condition in Australia. Disclosure is encouraged for the purposes of developing a support plan for you on living in Australia. Any personal information you provide us is protected by the Australian Privacy Act and will not be shared without your consent.

    HIV and Australia Awards

     

     

    Abbreviations and Acronyms

     

    ABCF
    ACIAR
    ADS
    AFRITACs
    AFSAAP
    AQF
    BecA
    CLE
    CSIRO
    DIAC
    DIISRTE
    ESOS
    GDP
    GNI
    IAP
    ILRI
    MDGs
    ODA
    OSHC
    SGS
    TAFE
    TVET
    Australia Biosciences Challenge Fund
    Australia Centre for International Agricultural Research
    Australian Development Scholarships
    African Regional Technical Assistance Centres
    African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific
    Australia Qualifications Framework
    Biosciences eastern and central Africa
    Contribution to Living Expenses
    Commonwealth Scientific and Industry Research Organisation
    Department of Immigration and Citizenship
    Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
    Education Services for Overseas Students
    Gross Domestic Product
    Gross National Income
    Introductory Academic Program
    International Livestock Research Institute
    Millennium Development Goals
    Overseas Development Assistance
    Overseas Student Health Cover
    Small Grants Scheme
    Technical and Further Education
    Technical and Vocational Education and Training