John Allwright Fellowship for Developing Countries’ Students in Australia, 2013
John Allwright Fellowship is jointly funded by the (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) ACIAR and AusAID. The fellowship supported research projects in the field of agriculture to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions. The fellowship is open to partner-country (ACIAR partner countries) scientists. Interested candidates must submit their applications by 31st July of the year prior to the study taking place.
Study Subject(s): Fellowship is offered for research in the field of agriculture.
Course Level: ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions.
Scholarship Provider: The fellowship is co-funded by (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) ACIAR and AusAID
Scholarship can be taken at: Australia
Eligibility: Although applications are welcome from project staff in both bilateral and multilateral (IARC) projects
-applicants must be citizens of a current ACIAR bilateral partner priority country. Currently, these are: Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands (Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati); South East Asia (East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines); South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan); Northern Asia (Western China) and the Republic of South Africa and other African countries with ACIAR projects
-Applicants must also be citizens of the country in which they are working. To be eligible for selection, a candidate must:
-at the time of applying, hold qualifications that would be assessed to be equivalent to at least an Australian bachelor’s degree in a discipline that is relevant to the proposed area of postgraduate study;
-be a scientist or economist from the developing country partner, who is actively involved in a collaborative research project supported by ACIAR at the time of application (in some cases, ACIAR will consider supporting researchers from “advanced pipeline” projects, i.e. in cases where a full project proposal has been approved by ACIAR);
-be jointly supported in the application by the Australian and partner country Project Leaders;
-obtain approval from both the employing institution and home government training authority who must agree to the absence of the candidate should he/she receive a Fellowship for the period involved in obtaining the postgraduate qualification; and
-demonstrate that he/she is employed on a permanent rather than short-term contract basis.
Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Although applications are welcome from project staff in both bilateral and multilateral (IARC) projects, applicants must be citizens of a current ACIAR bilateral partner priority country. Currently, these are: Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands (Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati), South East Asia (East Timor, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines), South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan), Northern Asia (Western China) and the Republic of South Africa and other African countries with ACIAR projects.
Scholarship Description: The ACIAR Fellowships Scheme was introduced in 1986 to provide the opportunity for partner country scientists involved in ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions. ACIAR students are managed by ACIAR and co-funded by ACIAR and AusAID. AusAID assists ACIAR in providing some administrative services in particular partner countries. The primary aim of the Scheme is to enhance research capacity in ACIAR’s partner country institutions. Whilst individual awardees will benefit from the Scheme, it is important to emphasize that partner country institutions are the key targets. Australian project leaders should be aware that, under the eligibility criteria for the Fellowships Scheme, they (or a suitable alternative approved by ACIAR) will be responsible for monitoring the awardees’ academic progress for the duration of his/her study in Australia.
Duration of award(s): An offer of an award is only valid for the Australian academic year following the calendar year in which the offer is made.
What does it cover? An ACIAR Fellowship award usually covers the cost of return airfares, a contribution to living expenses, initial settling in allowance, the fees charged by the tertiary institutions (including an Introductory Academic Program) and miscellaneous course related costs.
Selection Criteria: The Fellow will be selected by the ACIAR Training Committee, according to the following selection criteria:
-The Fellowship is offered to 8-10 individuals annually. Unsuccessful applicants will automatically be reconsidered in the following selection round.
-The applicants must be associated with ACIAR bilateral projects that are either active or completed in the last 24 months.
-The Fellow can be associated with either a NARS or a CGIAR centre (if the applicant is involved in an ACIAR bilateral project), but must be a citizen of an ACIAR partner country.
Notification: All candidates (both successful and unsuccessful), their project leaders, ACIAR Research Program Managers and the post will be advised of the outcome of the selection process as soon as possible after the Training Committee has met, usually within 8 weeks.
How to Apply: Australian and partner country project leaders should jointly identify candidates and forward to ACIAR an application using the current John Allwright Fellowship application form endorsed by the employing organisation and government of the collaborating country. One electronic copy and one hard copy of the application form and all attached documentation must be submitted .post. One hard copy should also be sent to the ACIAR Office in the candidate’s home country if applying from the following countries: Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, India and Western China.
Scholarship Application Deadline: There is one call for nominations per year. Candidates must submit their applications by 31 July of the year prior to the study taking place. An offer of an award is only valid for the Australian academic year following the calendar year in which the offer is made.
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