Australia Awards Year-Long Fellowships for Developing Countries, 2017

Applications are invited for Australia Awards Fellowships for individuals from developing countries to undertake short-term study and professional development in Australia. This is a year-long fellowship programme.

Fellowship aims to strengthen partnerships and links between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries, in support of Australia’s economic diplomacy and public diplomacy objectives.

Applicants must have an adequate level of English language ability to be able to fully participate in the program, including an ability to complete the Fellow’s Completion Survey at the conclusion of their Fellowship.

Overseas organisations and individuals however, initiate contact with an Australian organisation to explore the organisation’s interest in applying for a fellowship grant.

Course Level: This is a year-long fellowship programme.

Study Subject: Fellowship is awarded in different areas but priority will be given to the following areas:

List of subjects: Fellowship proposals must align with the overall aims of the Australian Government’s development policy Australian aid: promoting prosperity, increasing stability, reducing poverty and the Australia Awards Fellowships program (see section 1.1). This policy identifies the following priority areas for the aid program:  infrastructure; trade facilitation and international competitiveness; agriculture fisheries and water; effective governance; education; health; building resilience: humanitarian assistance, disaster risk reduction and social protection; and  gender equality and empowering women and girls. Applicants must identify the overarching Aid Program Priority Area which most closely aligns with the Fellowship proposal. Applicants must select the specific development and foreign affairs issue that is the focus of their Fellowship proposal from the following list:  Arts, Culture and Design; Development Economics; Disability and development; Education; Environment; Food Security; Gender; Governance; Health; Infrastructure; Law and Justice; Mining for Development; Private Sector Development; Science and Innovation; Sport; Trade; Tropical Health and Medical Research; Water and Sanitation; Science and Innovation and Tropical Health and Medical Research have been added to the list of priority development issues for Round 17. This follows the addition of Sport and Arts, Culture and Design in Round 16.

Scholarship Award: Please note the following new features in Round 17:

  • Australian organisations may request additional funding of up to $10,000 for bilateral Fellowships and $20,000 for multilateral Fellowships to conduct eligible follow-up activities in the partner country or regions.
  • Fellows participating in follow-up activities in their home countries will be required to complete the Fellows Completion Survey in two parts.
  • DFAT will pilot offering support to Australian organisations establishing new links where the applicant has demonstrated a strong understanding of the country and context in which they propose to work.
  • Two new themes have been added to the list of development issues:
  • Innovation and Science fellowships, which advance the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda through international exchange to promote links between research and institutions and businesses; and Tropical Health and Medical Research.
  • The maximum number of nominated Fellows per Fellowship is 15.
  • The maximum cost per Fellows has been capped at $25,000.
  • Grant recipients must have the capacity to complete the Activity Completion Report (ACR)/grant acquittal within 45 days of the Fellowship concluding.
  • Late submissions will receive a penalty score in future funding rounds.
  • All Fellows must sign and return a Child Protection Code of Conduct attached to their Acceptance of Award letter of offer.

Scholarship can be taken in Australia

Eligibility: Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this Fellowship: Australia Awards Fellowships target senior officials and mid-career professionals, who, in the short to medium term, will be in a position to advance priority development and foreign affairs issues on their return home. To be eligible, all Fellows nominated by Australian organisations must:

  • be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the Fellowship; not have Australian permanent residence status or be applying for permanent residency;
  • be a citizen of and residing in an eligible developing country. The Fellow’s country of citizenship and residency may differ;  not be current serving military personnel;
  • not be married or engaged to, or be a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency;
  • have been working in their country of citizenship or residency and in an area relevant to the Fellowship activities preceding the date of the proposed commencement of their Fellowship;
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a visa (see section 6.6 for further information);  be able to participate in the nominated Fellowship activities at the time and for the duration proposed by the Australian organisation;
  • be able to travel without family members as DFAT will only fund and provide visa support letters for individual Fellows, not their family members;  have an adequate level of English language ability to be able to fully participate in the program, including an ability to complete the Fellow’s Completion Survey at the conclusion of their Fellowship. Australian Host Organisations are responsible for ensuring Fellows have an adequate level of English language ability or must implement appropriate measures to enable Fellows to fully participate in and benefit from the Fellowship activities (e.g. translation services). DFAT does not recommend using translation services for multilateral Fellowships where use of translation services may compromise learning outcomes or where English language capabilities differ substantially amongst Fellows. Where a Fellow has been nominated in more than one successful application, AHOs may be asked to determine which Fellowship the nominated Fellow is best suited to and replace them with a reserve Fellow in other applications. DFAT will not fund multiple airfares for the same Fellow to participate in more than one Fellowship in the same round.
  • Overseas organizations and individuals are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship. They may, however, initiate contact with an Australian organisation to explore the organisation’s interest in applying for a Fellowship grant.

International Scholarships

Nationality: Australian organisations may nominate Fellows who are citizens of the following countries:

Asia Pacific: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis & Futuna. Latin America and Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo (Republic of), Congo (Democratic Republic of), Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea (Republic of), Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe Other: Palestinian Territories, Turkey.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the Fellowship; not have Australian permanent residence status or be applying for permanent residency

English language Requirements: Applicants must have an adequate level of English language ability to be able to fully participate in the program, including an ability to complete the Fellow’s Completion Survey at the conclusion of their Fellowship.

Supporting Material: Applicants must complete all sections of the application form marked as mandatory. These include a detailed Fellowship proposal, an Australian organisation capability statement, details of nominated and reserve Fellows, and a detailed budget. Applicants must also include letter(s) of support for all Fellows from the overseas counterpart(s).

How to Apply: Fellowship applications must be submitted online via SmartyGrants.

Application Form

Application Deadline: Fellowship application deadline is March 29, 2017.

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