ACIAR and AusAID are offering John Allwright fellowships in Agriculture for applicants from developing countries to study at Institutes in Australia. ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects to obtain postgraduate qualifications. 27 successful applicants are being offered John Allwright Fellowship scholarships to commence studies in Australia in 2014. A maximum of two field visits for a Masters and three for a PhD are usually permitted and it is essential that the component of time spent in Australia is more than 50% (this should not just consist of thesis writing). ACIAR will pay the return international travel for fieldwork in home countries. ACIAR will not support fieldwork in a third country. Candidates must submit their applications by 31 July of the year prior to the study taking place.
Study Subject (s): Fellowships are awarded 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
-Although applications are welcome from participants in both bilateral and multilateral (IARC) projects, applicants must be working with ACIAR projects in a current partner developing country.
-Applicants must 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 the employing institution 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.
Within the Fellowship Scheme, ACIAR strives to meet the Australian government policy on gender equity, and reflect ACIAR’s training policies and strategies.
Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Global, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Kenya, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam and Zimbabwe can apply for these John Allwright fellowships.
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.
Number of award(s): 27 John Allwright Fellowships are awarded.
Duration of award(s): Not Known
What does it cover? The Awards are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training. The following benefits generally apply:
-Full tuition fees
-Return air travel—payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route
-Establishment allowance—a once only payment of A$5,000 as a contribution towards accommodation expenses, text books, study materials
-Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) is a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by the department. From 1 January 2013, CLE payable to Scholars studying under an Australia Awards John Allwright Fellowship is A$30,000 per year.
-Introductory Academic Program (IAP)—a compulsory 4-6 week program prior to the commencement of formal academic studies covering information on life and study in Australia
-Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only)—provided to cover the student’s basic medical costs (with the exception of pre-existing conditions)
-Pre-course English (PCE) fees—if deemed necessary PCE may be available for students for in-country and/or in-Australia training
-Supplementary Academic Support may be available to ensure a Scholar’s academic success or enhance their academic experience
-Fieldwork (for research students only)—may be available for eligible research students for up to two return economy class airfares for a Masters student or up to three for a PhD student, via the most direct route to their country of citizenship.
Selection Criteria: Criteria for selection reflect the aim of the fellowship scheme to enhance the research capacity of ACIAR’s partner country institutions. Thus, strong preference will be given to a candidate who:
-can demonstrate that the studies he/she proposes to undertake under the award will be relevant in the short term to the general thrust of the research supported by ACIAR and in the longer term, will significantly benefit the candidate’s employing institution in the partner country;
-can demonstrate through the Australian project leader that placement at an appropriate tertiary institution can be assured subject to the candidate being awarded a fellowship;
-can demonstrate that the Australian project leader together with other co-supervisors, if appropriate will be responsible for monitoring the awardee’s academic progression for the duration of his or her study in Australia; and
-can demonstrate that he/she has a sufficiently high level of English to be accepted into an Australian tertiary institution.
Notification: Applicants are being notified and further information on the successful individuals will be made available once they have been accepted by their nominated universities.
How to Apply: There is one call for nominations per year. Candidates must submit their applications online 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. The following supporting documents are mandatory and must be provided with your application:
-Employer approval letter
-Research proposal (for research students)
-Certified copies of degree certificates
-Certified copies of academic transcripts
-Proof of citizenship (birth certificate)
-Identity document (passport)
-Referee report from collaborating country project leader
In addition, you may provide documents that might assist the application:
-Certified copy of evidence of prizes and awards. Where they are not in English, please provide an English translation
-IELTS or TOEFL results
-Statement of university that English is the language of instruction
-Current curriculum vitae (CV)
-List of publications (if applicable)
-Any other relevant documents in support of your application.
A certified copy is a statement that the document is a true copy, signed by a Commissioner of Oaths, Public Notary or other formally recognised authority. If you are unsure about who is the appropriate person to certify your documents, you should contact a DFAT scholarships officer or ACIAR Country Manager at the Australian Diplomatic Mission for your country of citizenship.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 31 July 2015.