Presentation on theme: "AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2012 INTAKE"— Presentation transcript:
1 AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2012 INTAKE Australia has a long tradition of assisting countries with access to education through scholarships. The Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) program offers people from developing countries the opportunity to study in priority sector courses at Australian universities.By providing people with the knowledge and skills to promote development in their home country, the ADS program aims to reduce poverty, promote good governance and contribute to the human resource base of targeted countries and complement other Australian development projects.AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2012 INTAKEAustralian Scholarships for Africa program
2 What is AusAID?Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)AusAID is the Australian Government agency responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program. The objective of the aid program is to assist developing countries reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development, in line with Australia's national interest.
3 What is GRM International? GRM International is the managing agent contracted by AusAID to assist with the delivery of the Australia Awards in Africa.GRM’s role covers selected management and administration functions for the Africa Scholarship Program. The services required of the Contractor include activities for the various types of awards, covering prioritisation, promotion, applications, selection, English Language training, placement, mobilisation, re-integration, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), strengthening Australian Development Schlarships outcomes and supporting effective Alumni activities.The Contractor will manage the Program, maintain full responsibility for the outputs, undertake on-award monitoring, Professional Development Awards development, pastoral care of awardees and building links between Australian and African tertiary training institutions.
4 Why does AusAID offer scholarships? Australian Development Scholarships (ADS)Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships (ALAF)Further information on the ALAF and the list of eligible countries is available at:AusAID scholarships reflect the overall objectives of Australia’s overseas aid program. Through scholarships, AusAID seeks to develop the capacity and leadership skills of awardees so that they can contribute to development in their home country and to build people to people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels. Award programs include Australian Development Scholarships and Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships.Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships are administered by AusAID and aim to develop leadership, address priority regional development issues, and build partnerships and linkages between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries. ALA Fellowships provide current and emerging leaders and mid-term professionals with awards for short-term research, study, and professional and leadership development placements with Australian organisations.
5 Australia Awards (Australian Development Scholarships) for Africa - Overview Government’s increased engagement in AfricaScale of assistance and geographic coverageSupport for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) where we have expertise and can build on existing support:agriculture and food securitymaternal and child healthwater and sanitationnatural resource management (including mining)public sector reformhuman resource capacity building (incl scholarships per year by across Africa, and support through Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility)additional areas of demand within the MDGsThe Australian Government has indicated its intention to increase its engagement with Africa, including through scaled-up development assistance. This is in a context of a growing aid budget, so the increase will be even more marked.At the January 2009 African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, the then Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade announced that the Australian Government would increase the number of Australia Awards in Africa to 1,000 annually by 2012–13. This represents a ten-fold increase in the number of awards offered in Africa and is the single largest development activity being implemented by the Australian Government globally.The strategy will be shaped around progress towards select Millennium Development Goals; specifically, those relating to agriculture & food security, maternal and child health, water and sanitation, natural resource management (including mining), public sector reform and in any additional areas of demand within the MDGs.The awards program will focus on areas of mutual interest for Australia and African countries.The awards will crucially underpin Australia’s investments by building Africa’s capacity to respond to challenges in these sectors and more broadly. Australia has a comparative advantage in these sectors; for example, its expertise in dryland agriculture and water resource management is well-recognised around the world. Australia can usefully build Africa’s knowledge and capacity in these areas through scholarships, professional training and twinning/exchange/and other linkages opportunities.By providing people with the knowledge and skills to promote development in their home country, the Australia Awards program aims to reduce poverty, promote good governance and contribute to the human resource base of targeted countries and complement other Australian development projects such as those supported thru’ the Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility.
6 Overview – Cont; Scale-up is already underway: Scholarships Program in (2009):12 countries and 100+ awards in southern and eastern Africamainly public sector focusNew program (2010 onwards):2010: 19 countries and 250+ awards2011: 25 countries and 400 awards with focus to gradually extend to private sector and civil society, though main focus will continue to be public sector: 40+ countries and 1000 awardsThe expanded Australia Awards program strategy in Africa will offer a diversified mix of long term (Masters degrees and PhDs) and short-term awards delivered by Australian institutions.By 2012, over 40 African countries are expected to participate in the program.The awards will mainly target public sector candidates in the earlier mentioned fields, but also provide opportunities for civil society and private sector applicants.
7 Key dimensions of the Australia Awards program are: a five-year program commencing in September 2010 – potentially open to all countries in Africa on a competitive basis – with 1,000 awards being delivered annually by ;a dual objective of supporting Africa’s progress towards the MDGs while advancing Australia’s foreign policy priorities;a sectoral focus driven by African partner governments’ own priorities but which also increases Australia’s profile in Africa by offering awards in sectors where Australia has expertise;Best practice mechanisms to ensure the right candidates are selected who will provide leadership in their countries, with ongoing access to strong alumni arrangements to ensure sustainability.
8 Overview – Cont;Scholarships a key component of the enhanced engagement:underpin many (existing and new) bilateral relationshipsequip Africans with skills and knowledge to drive changeincrease Australia’s profile in Africa by showcasing expertisepromote people-to-people links (public sector, and increasingly private sector and civil society)demonstrate responsiveness to partner government prioritiesAustralian Govt scholarships are key to many bilateral relationships (and are often the first, and sometimes the only, form of Australian Government bilateral engagement).Through scholarships, the Australian Govt seeks to develop the capacity and leadership skills of awardees so that they can contribute to development in their home country and to build people to people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels.The Australia Awards initiative is seeking, over time, to build a new generation of African leaders with strong links to Australia and to equip them with skills and knowledge to drive change.The expansion of the Africa Awards program, provides an opportunity for Australia to raise substantially the profile and impact of the program in Africa.
9 Australia Awards in Africa Strong reputation of Australian Government scholarships in Africaover 3600 awards provided in Africa since the 1960’sOver 600 registered alumnihighly valued commodityAustralia is recognised on the continent for its expertise in education and for its various scholarships programs. Bilateral meetings with African officials, as well as correspondence from African nationals, have indicated there is a strong demand for Australian scholarships.Since the 1960’s, the Australian Government has funded over 3,600 students from Africa to study at Australian institutions.Upon returning to Africa, Australian Development Scholars will join an elite group of over 600 African alumni who are currently registered and have studied in Australia on scholarship and are contributing to the development of Africa.Australia has cutting-edge capabilities in the education sector, which includes eight of the world's top 100 universities.
10 Program DescriptionThe goal and four objectives of the Africa Program are:Program GoalA Study and Professional Development Award program contributing to achievement of MDGs in Africa while promoting Australia as an active partner in African development.Award program objectivesTo meet the goal the program will provide African managers and practitioners with access to Australian-standard educational, training or professional development opportunities which better equip them to lead or support achievement of the following four objectives:
11 Program Objectives Objective 1 AusAID alumni within African government agencies develop and apply sound policy and practice relevant to designated sectors, particularly in specified sub-sectors, and in additional areas of demand.Objective 2AusAID Alumni within African non-profit civil society and African development organisations develop and apply sound operational policy and practice, including collaborative engagement, relevant to designated sectors, particularly in specified sub-sectors.Objective 3AusAID alumni within African commercial private sector organisations develop and apply sound corporate policy and practice, including industry linkages, relevant to designated sectors, particularly in specified sub-sectors.Objective 4Recognition of Australia as an active partner in African development. Inclusive of all ethnic and racial groupsThe key objectives include building capacity of AusAID Alumni within the Govt. and various partner networks to develop and apply sound policy & practice in the designated priority sectors including promotion and recognition of Australia as an active partner in African development.
12 Priority sectors by organisational category AFRICAN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:Sector / themeSub-sector focusPublic PolicyPublic Sector Reform; Public Financial Mang.’t; Diplomacy; TradeFood SecurityAgriculture; Fisheries; BiosecurityNatural Resource ManagementMining; Drilling; Extractive Industries; Environmental Manag.’tMaternal and Child Health CareWater and SanitationAdditional Areas of Demand within the MDGs
13 Priority sectors by organisational category AFRICAN NON-PROFIT CIVIL SOCIETY AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATIONS AFRICAN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:Sector / themeSub-sector focusFood SecurityAgriculture; FisheriesNatural Resource ManagementMining; Drilling; Extractive Industries; Environmental Mang.’tMaternal and Child Health CareWater and Sanitation
15 Key design features of new Africa scholarships program: Diversified mix of awards:Long-term awards (LTAs)Masters and small number of PhDsShort course awards (SCAs)up to 3 months, including technical vocational education and training (TVET)Professional development awards (PDAs)up to 3 months, primarily work attachments (minimum 70% of each award)The new Africa scholarships design seeks to showcase future directions of Australian Government scholarships programs which will comprise a diversified mix of awards.Three types of awards will be delivered predominantly in Australia and all adhering to Australian quality standards:The program includes a mixture of long-term postgraduate awards (40% – Masters and a small number of PhDs) at Australian universities (or in Africa through a registered Australian university);Short course awards (50% – delivered in Australia or in Africa); andProfessional development awards (10%) covering work attachments in Australia.Long Term Awards (Traditional Scholarships)These are awards which result in a formal academic or vocational qualification listed under the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). This allows for potential for both in-Australia and in-Africa delivery of relevant courses where these are the result of partnerships between local and Australian course providers (eg sandwich courses, jointly offered degrees, etc.).Short Course AwardsOpportunities for formal study or training, in the African case being generally less than 3 months duration and delivered by an approved Australian higher education provider or an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO). This will at least result in either a formal transcript of a complete unit (or subject) offered within a course under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) or a formal Statement of Attainment in relation to a skill or competency covered by Australian nationally-registered Vocational Education or Training (VET) material.In all cases, compliance with this level of quality assurance requires a recognised standard of both course content and course delivery. In-Africa delivery is practical, and adaption of Australian material to the African context is specifically catered for.Professional Development AwardsThese are awards of up to three months duration that provide recipients with the opportunity to obtain valuable experience and new perspectives from placement in professional or vocational workplaces that are actively operating to Australian standards in a relevant industry or public sector.While they may include a training component, work placement and associated on-the-job learning experience must comprise at least 70% of their duration. Demand for this type of award has not yet been fully tested so the initial years of implementation may be considered a ‘pilot’ for evaluation by a Mid Term program review scheduled for the end of 2012.PDAs are program proposals provided in partnership between an African (proposing) organisation and an Australian host organisation.The PDA component of the program will be ‘ultra responsive’ and quality proposals that meet all essential requirements will be processed and approved very quickly compared to other forms of awards.Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received and apart from the annual indicative target allocations, there will be no forward programming and no pooled selection process.When indicative targets are reached in any group during the financial year, any further quality proposals received in that category will be held over for possible funding in the latter part of the financial year.Reallocation between indicative targets may be made during a financial year, if a shortfall of eligible proposals within associated categories becomes apparent. Otherwise such applications will be considered for funding early in the subsequent financial year.
16 Key Design Features – Cont; Scope for in-Africa delivery (of LTAs and SCAs, through registered Australian universities/training providers) as program evolves – but not a primary focusBetter targeting through Desired Applicant Profiles (DAPs)Better sustainability through Reintegration PlansStronger alumni mechanismsImproved access and equity provisionsCommunications strategyScope for in-Africa delivery will be explored as program evolves, to achieve greater flexibility, better reach across the continent, and provide access across different language groupings – but it will not be a primary focus of the new programPromotion, selection and support activities will target candidates in ‘Desired Applicant Profiles’ (that are developed by AusAID with the Managing Contractor – GRM International), to capture efficiency and effectiveness gains and to ensure the program achieves its focus on the priority areas outlined earlier.Reintegration Plans have been introduced – to avoid ‘brain drain’ – Reintegration Plans will link current employment, the planned course of study and ongoing employment on return to Africa. They will promote effectiveness by placing the applicant’s career and academic aspirations in the context of the human resource development priorities of their employing organisation. They will also relate the individual’s planned study and future employment to specific objective(s) and expected outcomes specified in the Design Document and the applicable DAP. All applicants under all award categories and sub-categories will require reintegration plans and their quality will be assessed as part of the selection process..Strengthened alumni mechanisms – including a range of alumni network activities and support, to facilitate Australia-Africa people-to-people linkages and to sustain the benefits of the awards.Improved access and equity provisions – to address gender and other access considerations (such as disability) in a more comprehensive manner (e.g. Special Needs Coordinators, targeted promotion (through DAPs), Ancillary Awards, Access and Equity Fund).The design incorporates a Communications and Public Diplomacy Strategy to help ensure that all awards are clearly and unambiguously perceived as an initiative of the Australian Government. The communications strategy will focus on increasing the profile and impact of the program, delivered through a range of channels and is already being coordinated thru’ our communications specialist, who is based in Pretoria, S Africa. Periodic geographic adjustments to various strategic targets will ensure that the program adequately reflects bilateral and other commitments.
17 Partnership arrangements and networks The awards are delivered in cooperation with partner African Governments. Amongst other things, partner governments assist in disseminating information about award opportunities to potential applicants. The Australian Government is also developing a series of regional and country-level networks to help promote the program. Network partners will be asked to disseminate information about award opportunities to potential high quality applicants in the focus sectors.Three component partner networks are involved in program implementation:Partner Government NetworksCivil Society Partner NetworksPrivate Sector Partner NetworksPartner networks are a fundamental element of the operational model for the scholarships program.Organisations within the networks will play significant roles in the promotional and needs identification aspects of the program and, within transparent and agreed parameters, will also be potential recipients of a limited number of awards.Partner Govt Networks:These centre on the existing ‘coordinating authorities’ of current bilaterally engaged countries, plus the centralised contacts or ‘Focal Points’ for newly-engaged governments participating in the program.The government focal points communicate the availability of award opportunities to relevant (sectoral) line agencies (including sub-national bodies and parastatals), but are requested to compile and send on all applications received to the Managing Contractor (GRM International).Pre-selection by the government focal points is limited to flagging their ‘centrally preferred’ candidates.Civil Society Networks:These centre on a set of ‘core partners’ of selected organisations or associations and extend to any relevant organisation that these core partners work with directly. The network will be used to distribute targeted promotional packages/material (including application forms) to relevant members of the broader network.Staff of core partner organisations will also be encouraged to identify and facilitate applications from persons/organisations that they know to be relevant and effective in the fields targeted. Hence, applications will usually be drawn from other civil society organisations, but if core partner staff identify relevant individuals from government agencies or parastatals, these will be referred to their relevant government focal points.The network therefore provides AusAID with a means of targeted promotion and provides partners with access to a range of capacity-building opportunities either for themselves (if African-based), or their direct operating partners. This is therefore a mutually beneficial form of harmonisation.The requirement that the network extend only as far as organisations that work directly with core partners is a necessary limitation. Firstly, visa checking may entail a core partner ‘vouching’ for candidates and their organisations. Secondly, this limitation will render any shared Monitoring & Evaluation and reintegration plan arrangements more feasible.Network members are a source of applications only. They do not carry out any pre-selection or filtering of applications, all applications are sent through the applicant’s immediate employer directly to the MC.All applications received this way are placed in a competitive pool. It is expected that this network will begin modestly, and be developed over the life of the program. In this case, canvassing of future needs will encompass core partners only and coincide with annual delivery of promotional packages.Private Sector Networks:Core partners of this network will include regional industry or commercial associations.Again, applicants will only be drawn from network core partners (if African-based) or private sector organisations that they work with directly.As for the Civil Society Partner Network, no pre-selection will be conducted, and all applications will be sent through an applicant’s immediate employer to the MC.All applications received will enter a competitive pool.
18 Management & Governance Senior Reference Group (SRG):AusAID (Chair), DFAT, DIAC, AustradeGuide implementation of program (incl. ensure responsiveness to African Gov’t requests, and emerging Australian Gov’t foreign policy priorities)Oversight of geographical distribution of awardsWill initially meet twice per yearThe design provides for an annual strategic review meeting involving AusAID and other relevant Australian agencies to adjust and help define the strategic directions for the program, including indicative performance targets relating to specific groups, or award types.This Senior Reference Group is chaired by the Assistant Director General, Africa Branch, AusAID Canberra, and includes representatives from other Australian Government departments, namely the Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Dept. of Immigration & Citizenship and Austrade. Its functions include reviewing strategic directions on an annual basis facilitated by strategic reporting by the MC.The Group provides a key mechanism to ensure responsiveness to African Government requests and to reflect emerging Australian Government priorities.Issues for review may include the equitable geographic distribution of awards; sectoral adjustments; adjustments to indicative performance targets; and the review of program outcomes and achievements including those relating to recognition of the Australian Government as an active partner in African development.Particular attention is given to issues such as the allocation of awards by target group where indicative targets have been set and adjustments to the sectoral focus of the program to ensure emerging areas of demand (from partner governments or Australian policy perspectives ) are able to be addressed.The SRG is not involved in operational matters. The MC provides secretarial support to the SRG.The Group is likely to meet twice per year.
19 Australia Awards – Promoting the Program Between January and March of each year, information about the Australian Development Scholarships available is disseminated to potential applicants calling for Preliminary Applications.The process of promoting the program varies from country to country. It can involve public advertising, direct notification of relevant ministries and departments, and use of other partners in- country to send out information to potential candidates. All opportunities are listed on the website:Short-listing and final selections exercises take place between April and August of each year. These processes are conducted by independent panels appointed by the Australian Government and include face-to-face interviews with short-listed candidates.ADS may include a period of preparation training such as English language training. Students must achieve satisfactory results in this training to be able to continue their scholarships.
20 Australia Awards Entitlements Students are provided with scholarship entitlements, which include:A contribution to living expenses to assist students in meeting every day living costs such as accommodation, food, entertainment, etcTuition feesAirfares, which includes a return economy class airfare for the student from the home country to Australia. Entitlement for an annual reunion airfare is limited to those students who do not have any of their immediate family accompanying them to Australia and only takes effect once they have successfully completed their first year of study.An establishment allowance to contribute towards expenses such as rental bonds, text books, study materials, additional medical insurance, home contents insurance and excess baggage upon return home.Health coverSome overseas fieldwork travel costs.Students may be entitled to bring their family with them to Australia, however this will depend on the policy of the home government amongst other things.Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) are offered for the total period considered necessary for the student to achieve the qualification being sought. This includes the period required for preparatory programmes. Students are expected to complete their course within the minimum time specified by the institution.Students are required to return to their country of citizenship after the completion of their award to contribute to the development of the identified priority sector in their country.Study in Australia is subject to the successful applicant meeting DIAC’s visa requirements. Students are also expected to undertake full-time study. ADS are not offered for part-time study.
21 Role of Coordinating Authority Provide a single and key contact point for AusAID and the Managing Contractor including in agreeing sectoral priorities and ensuring the selection process proceeds smoothly and in a timely fashion;Advise on suitable promotion strategies and support advertising through relevant line Ministries and other networks;Review shortlisted public sector applicants to verify their information and claims;Participate as observers at interviews;Administer domestic arrangements for public sector awardees (this can include the provision of study leave, the holding opened of positions for awardees upon their return and bonding arrangements to ensure return to workplaces); andParticipate in pre-departure briefings.A pre-departure briefing (PDB) is held for all students prior to their departure for Australia. The purpose of the PDB is to provide students with a comprehensive briefing on the progress of their university applications, what they needed to do before and during their journey, and what to expect after arrival in Australia.
23 Masters Degree AwardsThe Australian Development Scholarships available are for Masters level studies in Australia. Students need to commence studies in the 2012 calendar year.This will either be the actual Masters level course or English Language Training.The selection process is opening now and will close on 31 May 2011.Applicants may be from the public sector, private sector or civil society.
24 RequirementsWe are looking for applicants who will meet Australian academic institution requirements
25 English Language Requirements Scholarship will need people with a high level of English proficiency to participate in lectures delivered in English – writing, reading, listening and talking skills all required.Scholarship can provide English Language Training but candidates will need to have reasonable existing English skills.In applications we are looking for people to demonstrate that they have these existing English skills via current IELTS/TOEFL tests; by previous studies (e.g. Bachelor’s degree) in English language; by current jobs in English speaking environment.
26 Requirements – Cont;We will shortlist candidates with English language skills ahead of those who cannot demonstrate English language skills.We will test all people who we interview to assess the exact level of English to determine whether we offer them a scholarship or English Language Training.Those who are offered English Language Training may subsequently be offered a scholarships if they reach the minimum university English language requirements.
27 Post graduate work experience Universities require candidates to have significant periods usually between 4-6 years post Bachelors degree work experience.Australian Masters level courses draw heavily on a students practical experience so universities will not accept students without significant work experience.
28 Additional Requirements What Australian Government requires
29 In current employmentDevelopment scholarships are given to people who are most likely to return and make a development contribution in Africa.Part of the application process involves employers signing a plan for how their employees will use their studies in their workplace on return. This is easier in the public sector. Often private sector and civil society applicants will need to give up their employment to take up the scholarship.The main point though is that we do not want to invest in people who are unlikely to use their degrees on return.Their current employment also strengthens their ability to meet the university’s post graduate work experience requirements.
30 Application Process Advertising and Submission of Preliminary Application Forms (PAFs)Paper SelectionSelection InterviewsUniversity Application ProcessVisa Application ProcessRestrictionsDesired Applicant ProfileAdvertising & Submission of PAFs:The Australia Scholarships Awards are advertised either in the national press or through the relevant in-country Coordinating Authority which requests targeted government departments and organisations to nominate candidates in pre-identified and agreed priority sectors. The Adverts and notifications include details of the PAF and supporting documents which must be submitted by prospective candidates. PAFs must be submitted to the address supplied in the relevant country webpages on the Australia Awards website (www.adsafrica.com.au) and in any relevant advert.Paper Selection:The paper selection stage examines the PAFs received and compares them to the eligibility criteria. (The eligibility criteria are laid out in the Desired Applicant Profile [DAP] which is part of the Application Pack on the Australia Awards website.) Applications are categorised as Compliant or Non-Compliant. The Compliant applications are considered by an independent selection panel appointed by the Australian Government, and a shortlist of approximately 1.5 candidates per award is drawn up. Where necessary, applicants may be required to sit an English language exam (e.g. the International English Language Testing System or IELTS).Selection Interviews:The shortlisted candidates then attend a face-to-face interview by an independent selection panel appointed by the Australian Government. After these interviews, a final list of successful (Priority) and Reserve candidates is drawn up and candidates are advised of the outcome. Priority candidates are those selected for immediate processing of an ADS. Reserve candidates are held in case any Priority candidates cannot take up their ADS. Priority candidates who do not have an IELTS of 6.5 will be offered a three-month English language training award. Successful completion of this award and achievement of 6.5 in the IELTS is required before an ADS is offered.University Application Process:Once candidates are informed that they are Priority or Reserve candidates, they begin researching their universities and courses and filling in their full ADS Application forms.Visa Application Process:The visa application process begins at the same time as the ADS/University application process. Priority and Reserve candidates will receive a briefing from a member of the managing contractor staff (GRM) on filling in the visa form, as well as an explanation of the supporting documents required. For the visa application, awardees are normally required to submit a number of documents and meet the DIAC requirements.RestrictionsCandidates are not allowed to return to Australia for 2 years after completing their Masters degree. Consequently, visa’s will not be issued for completed students to return to Australia for 2 years after their departure.This is again to increase the likelihood of awardees making a development contribution in their own country.DAP’s:AusAID prepares a Desired Applicant Profile for public sector candidates from each country. This contains all the information provided by the Coordinating Authority (including priority sectors) and all the requirements for applicants.A Desired Applicant Profile is also prepared for private sector applicants and civil society applicants. These are key documents that potential candidates should use to assess whether they meet the requirements of Australian institutions and the Australian Government.
31 Useful WebsitesDepartment of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC):Australian Scholarships:Study in AustraliaScholarships opportunities in Africa:Alumni:
32 Australian Universities QueenslandBond UniversityThe University of QueenslandJames Cook UniversityQueensland University of TechnologyUniversity of Sunshine CoastGriffithNew South WalesMacquarie UniversityCharles Sturt UniversityUniversity of Technology SydneyUniversity of New EnglandThe University of NewcastleSouthern Cross UniversityThe University of SydneyAustralian Catholic UniversityThe University of New South Wales
33 Australian Universities – Cont; VictoriaSwinburne University of TechnologyThe University of MelbourneRMIT UniversityMonash UniversityLa Trobe UniversityDeakin University AustraliaVictoria UniversityUniversity of BallaratTasmaniaUniversity Maritime CollegeUniversity of Tasmania
34 Australian Universities – Cont; South AustraliaCarnegie MellonFlinders UniversityThe University of AdelaideUniversity of South AustraliaWestern AustraliaMurdoch UniversityCurtin University of TechnologyEdith Cowan UniversityThe University of Western AustraliaThe University of Notre Dame AustraliaNorthern TerritoryCharles Darwin University
35 Sectoral Priority Areas Public PolicyPublic administrationTrade/international tradeDiplomacyPublic Sector ForumManagement of public private partnershipsOther public policy fields formally recognised to be of national or regional priorityAgriculture/Food Security FisheriesAgro-ForestryNatural Resource ManagementMining; Drilling; Extractive Industries; Environmental ManagementHealthMaternal & Child HealthcareHIV/AidsTechnical fields such as pharmacy, dietetics and laboratory science and managementPolicy ImplementationInformation Management and Use of ICTe-healthWater & Sanitation
36 Application: Online/Postage Applicants are to register for a user name and password at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.auApplicants may log in to the application form as many times as they wish with their user name and password, until midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time on 31 May 2011 when access will no longer be available.Alternatively, applicants may download a hard copy of the Preliminary Application Form from The same deadline applies.A Desired Applicant Profile outlining the conditions applicants will need to meet to be considered for these Masters level scholarships is provided. Applicants need to carefully read the information given in Australia Awards for the (Country) Information Pack – click there to download it in Microsoft Word format, or click there for PDF format
37 Application: Submission Applications are to be sent direct from the candidates to the Managing Contractor (including by completing the on-line application form) by 31 May 2011.The Managing Contractor will assess all applications for compliance.Non-compliant applications will be rejected.The Coordinating Authority will be informed of all compliant public sector applicants.
38 Selection Considerations The information AusAID would be seeking includes:the respective importance of each candidates proposed studies to the priorities;the ability of the employer to release the candidate for long term studies (which with English Language Training can mean an absence of three years);a character check to make sure the applicants are legitimate nationals without any criminal records or criminal charges pending.While the Coordinating Authority is providing the feedback on the compliant candidates the Managing Contractor will be shortlisting to identify who we will interview.
39 InterviewsThe Managing Contractor will liaise with short listed applicants to arrange for a face to face interview.These interviews will take place in late June or early July Interviews will be conducted in three locations: Accra, Nairobi and Pretoria.Candidates will be competing across a regional pool of scholarships, with applicants from up to 38 African countries.Interviews will be conducted in English and there will be a written test also in English.At this point candidates will also take a formal IELTS/TOEFL test which will be included as part of the assessment process.They will also be given information on what the contract they will be asked to sign if they are successful means, how to apply for courses at Australian institutions and how to complete visa application forms.
40 Successful candidates The Coordinating Authority will be informed of all public sector candidates who have been successful.At this point the Coordinating Authority provides final verification that the successful interviewees are suitable to be offered a development scholarship.Any objections to a particular applicant from a Coordinating Authority needs to be based on valid reasons which will need to be provided to the Australian Government for their consideration.Once any objections are resolved, the Managing Contractor will contact the applicants to make them a formal development scholarship offer.The Coordinating Authority may need to assist the Awardees with internal processes such as accessing study leave.The successful applicants will need to sign a contract with the Australian Government.
41 ContractingThe contract provides the entitlements as long as the student:Is offered a place in an Australian academic institutions for a Masters level course (we will support students in being offered a place at up to three institutions. If they are rejected three times however the scholarship offer is withdrawn)Is granted a visa by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (this will include a complete medical check).These processes can take three months or more after the paperwork is submitted, so we encourage students to complete their paperwork promptly.Students need to complete university application forms and visa forms themselves.Our Managing Contractor will take care of lodgement and liaison on the paperwork processing.
42 Pre-Departure Briefings The successful applicants will be invited to a Pre Departure Briefing (PDBs)PDBs set out all of the requirements of the scholars and the entitlements of the scholarships.PDBs explain what students can expect from living in Australia and studying at an Australian academic institution.PDBs will occur in September and October 2011.PDBs are delivered in ‘hubs’ – central locations: the most likely locations will be Accra, Cairo, Maputo, Nairobi, Pretoria, Port Louis (where there are Australian Missions) and either Lusaka or Lilongwe (as the accredited Australian mission is in Harare)
43 AdmissionsAustralian academic institutions have two student intakes a year, Semester 1 in January and Semester 2 in June.Students will receive an Introductory Academic Program to help prepare them for their studies during January or June.Those needing English Language Training will need to undertake these studies before they are offered a scholarship.The timing of their English Language Training will be managed to meet the January and June intakes.The maximum amount of English Language Training available is one year.The maximum length of a Masters degree is two years.