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 candidates to meet the objective of the Program;
  • Management of the award application process including to receive, record and manage Australia Awards applications and nominations;
  • In consultation with the relevant country posts and partner government’s representative(s) shortlist, rank and select high-quality candidates who are able to achieve the proposed Australian postgraduate qualification within the minimum time required;
  • Secure placement for Awardees in an Australian course appropriate to their needs and to the identified needs of the partner country’s development;
  • Provision of administrative support to Awardees including assistance with entry visas, flight bookings, and managing changes in Award status;
  • Provision of on-Award support for Awardees while they are pursuing their studies in Australia in particular work plan development and Awardee networking;
  • Liaising and supporting graduates after they return to their home country following the completion of their studies, administering a small grants scheme, arranging alumni networking and professional development events, and collecting data and stories of alumni contributions to the development challenges highlighted in their work plans;
  • Australia Awards promotions, highlighting alumni impact stories, institution to institution linkages and raising the profile of the Australian Government’s commitment to developing the capacity and leadership skills of Africans to enable them to contribute effectively to development in their home countries.
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