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Applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship
Australia Awards Scholarships in Africa
Australias international development assistance in Africa
aims to help people overcome poverty through economic
development. The Australia Awards form a core part of
Australias development assistance in Africa. They aim to
develop the capacity and leadership skills of Africans to
enable them to contribute effectively to development in their
home country.
Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international
awards offered by the Australian Government to the next
generation of global leaders for development. Through study
and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to
drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links
with Australia.
Applicants will be assessed for their professional and
personal qualities, academic competence and, most
importantly, their potential to impact on development
challenges in Africa. Applications are strongly encouraged
from women and people with disability.
Priority fields of study
The priority areas of study for Africa are aligned with
development priorities indicated at:
Level of study
Australia Awards Scholarships
These Scholarships provide citizens of eligible African
countries with the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate
qualification at an Australian tertiary institution. Awards are
available for studies at Masters-level (for 29 African
countries) and for PhD studies in Agriculture (for 17 African
countries). Details of eligibility by country can be found at: The Australian
Government also offers a range of short course Fellowships
for applicants seeking targeted professional development
studies within Africa. For information on how to apply visit:
Australia Awards Benefits
Australia Awards 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 generally receive the following:
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
supplementary academic support and
fieldwork allowance (for research and masters by course
work which has a research component where fieldwork is a
compulsory component.).
Eligibility criteria
Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility
requirements detailed in the Scholarships Policy
Handbook, available at:
Additional eligibility criteria may vary from country to
country. For more details on the application guidelines and
eligibility for your country, please visit the following website:
Special conditions
Special conditions may also differ from country to country.
For more details on the conditions for your country, please
Application dates (for Masters study commencing in
Australia in 2015)
Opening date: 1 September 2013
Closing date: 13 December 2013
Application dates (for PhD study commencing in
Australia in 2015)
Opening date: 1 September 2013
Closing date: 28 February 2014
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Applications or supporting documents received after these
dates will not be considered.
The application process
Electronic applications
We strongly advise applicants to submit their application and
all required supporting documentation via email to using the correct e-form.
The e-form can be obtained by sending a request via the
Australia Awards website for Africa:
Hardcopy applications
Application forms can be downloaded from: and must be submitted to
the Australia Awards offices in Nairobi, Kenya or Pretoria,
South Africa, as indicated on the application form.
Supporting documents
Applicants must submit with their application all of the
relevant supporting documents listed in the Scholarships
Policy Handbook.
Document type Certified
Proof of citizenship i.e. birth certificate
/passport if available and photographic
identification i.e. student card/drivers
licence if passport is not available.
Tertiary degree certificates (Bachelors
level for Masters Awards and Masters
level for PhD awards)
Academic transcripts (where they are not
in English please provide an English
IELTS, TOEFL or PTE results No
Academic Referee Reports (with seal) No
Employment Referee report with seal No
Curriculum Vitae No
Work Plan on Return No
Letter from Supervisor No
Signed Signatures and Commitments
Statutory Declaration Yes
The selection process
Following eligibility checking, applications will be
shortlisted. The selection process will also include an
interview. Applicants will be assessed against the
following criteria:
Academic competence
Potential outcome, including contribution to
development outcomes in your home country.
Professional and personal leadership attributes
Work experience and level of seniority in the
Preparatory training
All successful applicants will be required to attend a pre-
departure briefing
You may be required to complete the following
preparatory training and or testing:
IELTS-International English Language Testing System
to assess English language competence.
All applicants will receive notification as to whether they
have been successful by J uly 2014.

Further information
Further information about the Australia Awards can be
found at:
Information about visas and Australia Awards
Scholarship entitlements and conditions can be found in
the Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at:
More general information about the Australia Awards and
studying in Australia can be found at:
Contact Details

Pretoria Hub
Physical Address:
Building 3, 3
Hatfield Square
Africa: Information about Australia Awards Scholarships
1140 Prospect Street
Pretoria, 0028
South Africa

Postal Address:
Private Bag X38
Pretoria, 0028
South Africa

Telephone: +27 12 362 4360
Fax: +27 86 602 3719

Nairobi Hub
Physical Address:
Floor, Grosvenor Block
14 Riverside
Off Riverside Drive
Nairobi, Kenya

Postal Address:
PO Box 2049 - 0060
Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone: +254 20 5000 444