The Australia Awards Africa Scholarship program combines Master, Fellowships, and Short Course opportunities to build skills and capabilities in key sectors, thereby contributing to social and economic development outcomes for African nations and the Sustainable Development Goals. Australia Awards directly support Australia’s interests in the security, stability, and prosperity of the African continent by strengthening African leadership and skills in fields such as agriculture and food security, climate change and adaptation, renewable energy, mining governance, and countering terrorism and violent extremism. It also focuses on those sectors where Australia and African nations have shared interests and where Australia has world-leading expertise to offer.
The Australia Awards Africa program promotes and supports Australian development and economic diplomacy objectives in a variety of ways:
- alumni apply their new skills to contribute to their country’s development
- Australia is recognized and valued by African nations as a reliable partner and source of expertise, and
- relationships are formed between Australian and African people and organizations, creating enduring partnerships and future cooperation.
Australia Awards are open to high-caliber, mid to senior-level professional applicants from the public, private, and community sectors (civil society).
Since 2004, over 2,000 scholars from African countries have studied in Australia under the Australia Awards scholarship program. This includes over 1,000 postgraduate scholars who have undertaken Master’s and PhD degrees in Australia.
Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability, and marginalized groups.
Australia Awards Scholarship for African Details
- Country: Australia
- Financial coverage: Fully Funded
- Deadline: May 1st, 2023
Australia Awards Scholarship for African Eligibility Criteria
Applicants from the below-listed countries are eligible to apply for this scholarship:
Participants from Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in the 2024 intake.
In addition to the above criteria, the applicant must:
- be a minimum of 18 years of age on 1 February of the year of commencing the scholarship; ii. be a citizen of a participating country (as listed on the Australia Awards website) and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from their country of citizenship;
- not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently;
- not be married to, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection and mobilisation phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but must apply for a Student visa [subclass 500]);
- not be currently serving military personnel; vi. not have previously received a long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia.
- Read the handbook for additional requirements
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Australia Awards Scholarship for African Benefits
- Australia Awards Africa scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian education institution, including any preparatory training.Scholarship recipients will receive:
- return air travel
- a one-off establishment allowance on arrival
- full tuition fees
- contribution to living expenses
- introductory academic program
- overseas student health cover for the duration of the scholarship
- supplementary academic support
- fieldwork allowance for research students and masters by coursework which has a compulsory fieldwork component
Australia Awards Scholarship for African Selection Process
Applications will be shortlisted after eligibility checking and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection process will include an interview.
Applicants will be assessed on the:
- academic competence
- the potential outcome, specifically the contribution to development outcomes in eligible countries of Africa
- professional and personal leadership attributes including relevant work experience.
Successful candidates will be notified in late 2023. Travel will be subject to meeting the requirements imposed by the Australian Government, as determined by the federal Department of Education, and must meet the requirements imposed by relevant state and territory governments.
The candidates will be required to attend:
- course counseling
- pre-departure briefing
- university’s Introductory Academic Program
- other required preparatory study on arrival in Australia.
How to Apply
- Applications must be lodged online through the Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS) by 11.59 PM AEST on 29 April 2023. You will need to register and establish your eligibility before submitting your application. Applications and/or supporting documents received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Australia Awards Africa scholarship applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook.
- Applicants must also meet country-specific conditions and provide relevant documentation to support their application.
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