Australian scholarship for pakistani students
Australia Awards Scholarships
Australia Awards Scholarships aim to:
- develop capacity and leadership skills so that individuals can contribute to development in Pakistan
- build people-to-people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels.
Australia Awards Scholarships (AAS)
These Scholarships provide citizens of Pakistan with the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification at an Australian tertiary institution
The Australian Government will offer awards for Masters-level study in the January 2015 intake under the following categories:
- Profile 1 – Public sector policy makers and practitioners
30% of the scholarships are allocated to Profile 1
- Profile 2 – Public sector reformers and leaders
20% of the scholarships are allocated to Profile 2
- Profile 3 – Non-profit civil society / development Workers or associates
40% of the scholarships are allocated to Profile 3
- Profile 4 – Private sector reformers and promoters of pro-poor growth
10% of the scholarships are allocated to Profile 4
All applicants (Public, NGO, and Private) will go through a competitive selection process. 50% of the awards are reserved for females. 5% of the awards are reserved for people who have a disability or work for people with a disability. High priority will be given to those who have not had the opportunity to study/live overseas or directly/indirectly benefit from the Australia Awards program.
Applicants with Disabilities
Australia Awards – encouraging people living with disability to apply
Enhancing the lives of people with disability is a priority for Australia’s aid program.The Australian Government aims to ensure that people living with disability are included in, and benefit equally from, Australia’s development assistance. It focuses on improving the quality of life for people with disability, reducing preventable impairment and promoting effective leadership on disability and development issues. The primary outcome is to support people living with disability to improve the quality of their lives by promoting and improving access to the same opportunities for participation, contribution, decision making, and social and economic well-being.
The Australian Government believes that aid will only be effective if opportunities are available to everyone, including people living with disability. Supporting the participation of people with disability in economic, social and political life helps reduce poverty and increase economic growth and democratic governance.
Reaching out to people living with disability through the Australia Awards in Pakistan
The Australian aid program’s approach to disability-inclusive development applies to the Australia Awards in Pakistan. The Australia Awards program aims to strengthen Pakistan’s human resource capacities by providing Masters-level scholarships in areas aligned with Pakistan’s development priorities. These include:
- public health (including maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition)
- education (including basic education services and early childhood education)
- economic growth (including agriculture, rural development, agri-business and entrepreneurship)
- water resource management
It is a pre-condition of accepting an Australia Awards Scholarships that awardees return to their home country to take up a position that utilises their study for a minimum period of two years.
Eligibility criteria include but are not limited to:
- be able to identify themselves under one of the four profiles
- be a Pakistani citizen currently residing in Pakistan for at least 24 months
- not have applied for or be entitled to permanent residency or citizenship in Australia or New Zealand
- satisfy Australian Government requirements for international student visas for entry to Australia (health, character etc.)
- be able to provide a Police Security Clearance Certificate at the time of visa application
- not hold another scholarship
- not have held a foreign scholarship in the 24 months preceding the application (24 months are calculated from the date of arrival back in Pakistan to the closing date for receipt of applications)
- be applying to commence a new course of study and not be seeking support for a course already commenced in Australia (on-going study programs will not be supported)
- be able to take up the scholarship in the year for which it is offered
- have outlined a case that is clear about their objectives and motivation to make a contribution to development in Pakistan
- apply for courses that fall within the priority areas identified above
- satisfy the admission requirements of the Australian tertiary institution and the course to be undertaken
- have relevant academic background to proposed study in Australia
- be applying for a Masters level course
- have completed 16 years of education
- not be above 45 years of age at the time of submitting the application form
- have at least five years of work experience (Profile 1 and 2) and two years of work experience (Profile 3 and 4) after 16 years of education in the field in which they are applying. Volunteer work experience will be considered but internships will not be considered as work experience
- be able to demonstrate the ability to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements for the Scholarship at the time of application. The accepted English language tests are IELTS and TOEFL. The required IELTS score is an overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
i) A current IELTS score is not a requirement for application; however candidates shortlisted after preliminary screening and having no current IELTS score; will be required to take IELTS test and acquire 6.5 with no band less than 6. Shortlisted applicants are encouraged to start preparing for the IELTS test on receipt of an interview call letter or email, and
ii) A paper-based TOEFL overall score of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English or an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all subtests.
Applicants must also meet the following country specific conditions:
- applicants must select only one option of applying either online or hardcopy
- for Masters by research degree, applicants must provide the outline of the research proposal (up to 1000 words), and have in-principle agreement (letter or email) from a research supervisor at their chosen university in Australia.
- if applying in a hardcopy submit only one set of documents comprising the application form and supporting documents.
Note: Provision of false or falsified documents at any stage of the scholarship cycle will render the applicant ineligible or be grounds for scholarship offer withdrawal.
How to Apply
Both online and hard copy applications are accepted.
Opening date: 1 February 2015
Closing date: 20 March 2015
The Application Process
Online application process
Apply online at: https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au
We strongly advise applicants to apply online and well before the closing date i.e 20 March 2015. The online application facility (OASIS) experiences peak usage in the days leading up to the closing date and applicants applying close to the closing dates may experience delays due to heavy usage of the OASIS website.
Hardcopy application process
Please submit the application form along with Country requirements sheet and all the supporting documents to the address provided below, by close of business, 20 March 2015.
Along with their application, applicants must submit one copy of each relevant supporting document listed in the Scholarships Policy Handbook.
In addition, applicants must provide the following documents to meet the specific requirements for Pakistan:
|Mandatory Supporting Documents||Type|
|Country Requirements Sheet (schedule 1 attached and available click here to download)||Original|
|Proof of citizenship i.e. national identity card/ birth certificate/passport if available||Attested copy|
||Original photograph with full name written at the back for hard copy applications, student cards/driver’s licence/passport for online applications|
|Tertiary degree certificates (Bachelors and Masters level) – both sides of all degrees should be copied||Attested copy|
|Academic transcripts (where they are not in English please provide an English translation) – both sides of all transcripts should be copied||Attested copy|
|IELTS or TOEFL results
(Not mandatory at the time of application submission) – a test result obtained any time after January 2014 will be considered current
|Academic Referee Reports (two reports for Masters by Research applicants; one for Masters by Coursework applicants) Download Template||Original|
|Employment Referee report (same template as above)||Original|
|Employment letters specifying years of service and job description (for years of employment not employment contract)||Attested copy|
|Proposed research project (up to 1,000 words) and an evidence (a letter or email) of an in-principle agreement from a research supervisor at their chosen university in Australia (only applies to Masters by research degree applicants whose study program includes at least 50 precent research)||Original|
|NOC for public sector applicants||Attested copy|
Please note that all photocopied documents sent to the Australia Awards office in Pakistan should be attested by a First Class Government gazetted officer or any person of an equal status.
For hard copy application please clearly mark the envelope with Australia Awards Scholarships. Only successful applicants will be advised of the outcome of the selection process. All decisions of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) are final.
Applicants’ feedback helps us to improve services and is a continuous part of our improvement process. Please provide your feedback firstname.lastname@example.org. Your feedback will be kept confidential.
No calls or correspondence will be accepted regarding the status of applications.
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 of proposed course of study, including assessment of contribution to development outcomes in your home country upon return
- Professional and personal leadership attributes
- Relevance of work experience to the proposed field of study and or priority sector
- Relevance of proposed study to future development within the priority sector
- Employer’s support for the application as documented in the ‘Country Requirements Sheet’
- IELTS Score, and
- Number of years of experience.
All successful applicants will be required to attend a pre-departure briefing in Pakistan and Introductory Academic Program in Australia at the beginning of the course.
You may be required to complete the following preparatory training and or testing:
- IELTS-International English Language Testing System to assess English language competence
- Study skills training in Pakistan
- Foundation Awards training to provide additional foundational skills. This is provided to a select number of applicants who are considered strong candidates, but are not selected for a scholarship as they lack one or more of the key skills required for receiving the Australia Award.
All applicants will receive notification as to whether they have been successful by August 2015.
Australia Awards office in Pakistan
Level 4, Serena Business Complex
Sector: G-5/1, Khayaban-e-Suharwardi
Tel: +92 51 260 0186 – 9
Fax: +92 51 260 0191
Applications from people living with disability
Applications from people living with a disability or people working in the disability sector are strongly encouraged.
The Australian aid program strives to ensure accessibility for people with disability throughout the scholarship process. Reasonable support (academic and non-academic) is provided to recipients living with disability based on a ‘needs’ assessment to allow them to participate on an equal basis with other award recipients. Academic support may comprise adjustments to support academic endeavours such as access to and training in the use of assistive technology and/or additional academic assistance. Non-academic support may comprise full-time or part-time carers and equipment such as wheelchairs or specialised computer hardware/software. Australian institutions are very experienced in providing disability support.
Applicants with a disability are encouraged to notify the Australia Awards office of all disabilities and pre-existing medical conditions as early as possible, preferably when applying for an Australia Award. Early and full notification of a disability will not negatively affect the assessment of an applicant’s eligibility or placement and will enable the Australia Awards office to provide appropriate support throughout the application and placement process.
For further information please contact:
Australia Awards Pakistan office
Level 4, Serena Business Complex,
Khayaban-e-Suharwardy, Sector G-5/1, Islamabad.
Telephone: +92 51 2600186-9
Fax: +92 51 2600191