John Allwright Fellowship for Developing Countries’ Students in Australia, 2014

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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

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: Citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Fiji, 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? 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. In selected cases, ACIAR will consider postgraduate research programs that include some fieldwork in the applicant’s home country, where in the opinion of both the Australian and overseas project leaders, it is essential for the project. 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.

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: One electronic copy and one hard copy of the application form and all attached documentation must be submitted. 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.

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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