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Australia Awards Year-Long Fellowships for Developing Countries, 2019

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 program.

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

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

Eligibility

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for Australia Awards 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 organizations 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 study activities preceding the date of the proposed commencement of their grant;
  • 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 activities at the time and for the duration proposed by the Australian organization;
  • 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.
  • 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 activities (e.g. translation services).
  • Australian organisations may nominate Fellows who are citizens of the following countries are 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.

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How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Fellowship applications must be submitted online via SmartyGrants.
  • Supporting Documents: To apply, applicants must complete all sections of the application form marked as mandatory. These include a detailed proposal, an Australian organization capability statement, details of nominated and reserve Fellows, and a detailed budget. Applicants must also include a letter of support for all Fellows from the overseas counterpart.
  • Admission Requirements: To apply for the program applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the award; not have Australian permanent residence status or be applying for permanent residency.
  • Language Requirement: 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 education.

Benefit

  • Australian organizations may request additional funding of up to $10,000 for bilateral awrads and $20,000 for multilateral awards 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 organizations 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 educations, which advance the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda through an 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 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.

Application Deadline: Check back next year

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