Application and Selection Process

Australia Awards Scholarships

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 Australia Awards Scholarship 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’s context and policy priorities for the government.

To secure placement for a Master’s 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.

Australia Awards Short Courses

Selection for Australia Awards Short Courses is based on the assessment of the application, including the applicant’s personal statements, Reintegration Action Plan and supporting documentation. Australia Awards Short Course applicants are not required to attend an interview as part of the selection process. However, applicants and their employers may be contacted by phone to verify claims made in the application, including questions regarding current employment status.

Australia Awards Short Courses are delivered by approved training providers, contracted to deliver the specific courses for which applicants are selected. It is not possible for these participants to nominate their preferred institution.

Language requirements and support

All studies undertaken with Australia Awards are in English and, for postgraduate studies at an Australian University, a high level of English proficiency is required.

English requirements for Australia Awards Scholarships: Language proficiency is tested through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), an internationally recognised practical English language assessment used by those seeking international education. Alternatively, candidates requiring evidence of English language proficiency may also use Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results. If you are submitting IELTS or TOEFL scores with your application, they should not be more than one year old at the time you make your application.

To progress through the selection process to the ‘shortlisting’ stage, Australia Awards Scholarship applicants must meet a minimum English proficiency requirement equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 5.0, with no individual band score lower than 4.5. In addition, candidates must meet the minimum level of English required by the Australian university they wish to attend. Generally, this is equivalent to IELTS 6.5, with no individual band lower than 6.0. A scholarship for candidates, selected during the interviews, who do not meet the Australian university IELTS requirements will be conditional upon achieving the required scores before placement (this would imply improving IELTS test scores at own cost).

The countries for which IELTS or TOEFL results are required for entry into an Australian university are subject to change, but currently include (but are not limited to Francophone and Lusophone countries).  If your country is not on this list, you may still be required to provide an IELTS or TOEFL result as required by the university you are applying to or the course that you wish to study.

English language requirements for Australia Awards Short Course candidates must also demonstrate proficiency in English to participate in the programs. However, the level of competency required is lower than that of Australia Awards Scholarships. Additional English language support may be provided for those candidates who require it.

You will not be disadvantaged if you do not submit an English language test score with your application.

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