John Allwright Fellowships for Developing Countries’ Students in Australia, 2017

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ACIAR and AusAID are offering John Allwright fellowships in Agriculture for 2017 intake. The fellowships support students from developing countries to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions.

The Australia Awards John Allwright Fellowships is a scholarship offered by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and co-funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. John Allwright Fellowships are awarded to partner-country scientists involved in ACIARsupported collaborative research projects to undertake postgraduate training at Australian universities.

The primary aim of the John Allwright Fellowships is to enhance research capacity in ACIAR’s partner country institutions. Whilst individual awardees will benefit from the Scheme, it is important to note that partner country institutions are the key targets.

An applicant or awardee should meet DFAT’s English language requirements for receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship.

Course Level: ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions.

Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded in the field of Agriculture.

Scholarship Award: 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 Ph.D. student, via the most direct route to their country of citizenship

Scholarship can be taken in the Australia

Eligibility: In order to apply for these fellowships, applicants must follow the given criteria:

  • 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 the 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.

Nationality: 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.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must be working with ACIAR projects in a current partner developing country.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: An applicant or awardee should meet DFAT’s English language requirements for receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship.

Agriculture Scholarships

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 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, applicant 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 their 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 applicants are unsure about who is the appropriate person to certify their documents, they should contact a DFAT scholarships officer or ACIAR Country Manager at the Australian Diplomatic Mission in their country of citizenship.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 31 July 2016.

Scholarship Link

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