Masters Scholarship Awards
All shortlisting and final selection take place between January and June of each year. Face-to-face interviews with shortlisted 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 of Australian academics, African Alumni and industry experts. Representatives from African partner governments may also attend the interviews as observers and provide advice on the country context or on specific policy priorities for the government.
To secure placement for a Masters program at an institution in Australia, Palladium will approach the applicants’ preferred institutions on their behalf. Only two institutions will be approached with a request for placement for each applicant. Following receipt of an institution’s offer of placement, Palladium 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.
Short Course Awards
Selection for Short Course Awards is based on the assessment of the application, including the applicant’s personal statements, Reintegration Action Plan, previously known as the Work Plan on Return, and supporting documentation. Short Course Awards applicants are not required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. However, applicants and their employers may be contacted telephonically to verify claims made in the application, including questions regarding current employment status.
Short Course Awards are delivered by approved training providers, contracted to deliver the specific courses for which applicants are selected, hence it is not possible for these Awardees to nominate their preferred institution.