Applications are invited for Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships to study at participating Pacific regional universities and Vocational and Education Training (VET) institutions. Scholarships are available to applicants from participating countries to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate studies.
The purpose of the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships is to give people the opportunity to gain and build the knowledge and skills to drive positive change and influence their home country’s development.
The Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government that aim to contribute to the long-term development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.
Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age on January 1st of the year they are commencing the scholarship. An applicant or awardee will meet DFAT’s English language requirements for receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship.
Course Level: Scholarship are available to to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Pacific regional universities and Vocational and Education Training (VET) institutions.
Study Subject: Scholarships are offered over different departments across the University, all offering a diverse range of courses
Scholarship Award: Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships generally cover the following fees and entitlements:
-full tuition fees
-return air travel
-contribution to living expenses
-an Introductory Academic Program
-basic medical costs for student only
-visa expenses where required.
-pre-course English language training fees
-supplementary academic support x. fieldwork (for research purposes only)
-reunion airfare (for unaccompanied awardees).
Scholarship can be taken at: Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia
Eligibility: To be eligible to receive an Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship, applicants must:
-be a minimum of 18 years of age on January 1st of the year they are commencing the scholarship
-be a citizen of a participating country
– not be married, 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 or mobilisation phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible)
-not be current serving military personnel
-not be a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, hold permanent residency in Australia or New Zealand or be applying for a visa to live in Australia or New Zealand permanently
– not be applying for another long-term Australia Award Pacific Scholarship unless they have resided in their home country for two years since the conclusion of their scholarship
-have satisfied any specific criteria established by the Program Area or Post or the government of the applicant’s country of citizenship
-be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken (this may mean that Post will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution’s admission requirements. This may not be known until the Post requests a placement at selected institutions)
– be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration for the study country. This may mean that the Post will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the visa requirements.
-Applicants must inform the Post of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Program Areas or Post or with managing contractors so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.
Nationality: Applicants from participating countries can apply for these scholarships.
Name of Countries: Federated States of Micronesia; Fiji; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Nauru; New Caledonia; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Tuvalu; and Vanuatu.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirement: Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age on January 1st of the year they are commencing the scholarship.
Test Requirement: No
English Language Requirements: An applicant or awardee will meet DFAT’s English language requirements for receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship if their first language is English and if they have undertaken their education in English (evidenced by their academic transcripts).
Supporting Material: Applicants will need to supply a number of documents to support their scholarship application including, but not necessarily limited to:
-a certified copy of original formal degree graduation certificate (i.e. testamur) and, if not in English, a certified translation of the degree
-a certified copy of original formal academic transcript/s and, if not in English, a certified translation copy of the transcript/s
-a certified copy of a citizenship document (e.g. passport or national identity card)
-a certified copy of original birth certificate and, if not in English, a certified translation
-a curriculum vitae (CV) briefly detailing work history and responsibilities (and research experience, if relevant to the application)
-referee reports: at least one academic referee report and at least one other referee report (e.g. a work supervisor). Masters by Research or PhD applicants should provide two academic referee reports.
-a certified copy of original English language test (IELTS OR TOEFL) where required. Results certificate valid until 1 January of the year in which the studies will commence. (For example, as results are normally valid for two years, the test date would need to have been taken after 1 January 2013 for an application for a scholarship to commence studies in 2015).
How to Apply: The mode of applying is online or post.
Application Deadline: Completed hard copy application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline specified by their country. See the opening and closing dates for each country.