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 are held in May and June. Candidates from countries where English Language Proficiency tests are required should refer to the previous section on English Language Requirements or Support. Australia Awards may also arrange separate English Language testing of shortlisted candidates during the selection process.


The Masters Awards interviews are conducted by independent selection panels chaired by Australian Government officials and comprising Australian academics, African alumni and International Development and/or Agriculture experts. Representatives from African Partner Governments also attend the interviews as observers and provide advice on the country context or on specific policy priorities for the government.


Selection for Africa Fellowships is based on the assessment of the application, including the applicant’s personal statements, work plan on return and supporting documentation. Africa Fellowship applicants are not required to attend an interview as part of the selection process, however applicants and their employers may be contacted by telephone to verify claims made in the application, including questions regarding current employment status.


To secure placement for a Masters program at an institution in Australia, GRM, on behalf of applicants, approaches the applicants’ preferred institutions. Only two institutions will be approached with a request for a placement. Following receipt of an institution’s offer of placement, GRM then proceeds, on behalf of the Australian Government, to finalise the formal offer of the scholarship.


Awards will not be offered until the contract accompanying the letter of offer has been signed by the candidate and counter-signed by the Australian Government.


Australia Awards-Africa Fellowships are delivered by approved training providers contracted to deliver the specific courses for which applicants are selected so it is not necessary for these Awardees to nominate their preferred institution.