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The Australia Awards Bangladesh Office will remain closed from 20 to 21 (Sunday and Monday) April 2014 for Easter Holidays.


Alert 8/4/14

Applicants are strongly advised to submit their applications at least 2-3 days before the closing date 30 April 2014 as OASIS experiences peak usage in the days leading up to the closing date and applicants may experience delays.

Applicants should remember that providing false or misleading information in an application is a serious offence under the Australian Law and any applicant doing so will be automatically disqualified from the assessment process.


Australia Awards Scholarships: Bangladesh
Intake Commencing Academic Year 2015

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Program overview

Australia Awards are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government that aim to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia, its neighbours and the global community. The Australia Awards bring the international scholarships offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Department of Industry, Innovation, Research and Tertiary Education and the Australian Council for International Agricultural Research into a single, recognizable brand.

Australia Awards include the Australia Awards Scholarships which provide opportunities for long-term study and aim to: 

  • develop capacity and leadership skills so that individuals can contribute to development in their home country
  • build people-to-people links at the individual, institutional and country levels.

Australia Awards Scholarships in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, DFAT manages the Australia Awards Scholarships on behalf of the Government of Australia. Australia Awards Scholarships are long term study and professional development opportunities available to qualified people from Bangladesh to study full-time in Australia. They equip scholars with skills and knowledge to drive change and influence development outcomes in Bangladesh. The selection process for this is based on merit, academic achievement and the relevance of proposed study programs to development priorities agreed between the governments of Australia and Bangladesh.

Applications for Intake 2015 open on 1 February 2014 and
close at 5pm (Dhaka time) on 30 April 2014

Applications received after 5pm (Dhaka time) on 30 April 2014 will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to apply online as early as possible at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. For assistance contact the Australia Awards Office Bangladesh as detailed below.

Scholarships are offered on the basis of merit, transparency and equal access. Applications from eligible women, people with disabilities and people from ethnic minority groups are strongly encouraged.

Eligible target groups

The following target groups are eligible to apply for Australia Awards to study Masters by coursework or research, commencing in 2015:

  • employees of the Government of Bangladesh*
  • employees of ICDDR,B
  • employees of BRAC
  • people working in water resource management
  • ethnic minority groups.

*Please note: Preference will be given to candidates from Departments most closely aligned with country priorities agreed between the Government of Australia and Bangladesh. Public university employees are not eligible. A select number of scholarships will be awarded to education and economic growth sector professionals from the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) target group.

Priority development themes

The priority development themes vary for each of the target groups. For Intake 2015 special focus has been given to Education and Economic Growth sector professionals in Bangladesh. Click below target groups for details.
  • Employees of the Government of Bangladesh: 

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet all general eligibility criteria together with the criteria specific to Bangladesh. 

General criteria
  • 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 of the application, selection or mobilisation phases;
  • satisfy all requirements of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection  (DIBP) for a Temporary Visa (subclass 576);
  • not be current serving military personnel;
  • not be applying for another long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia (for example, a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside Australia for eight years);
  • satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken (this may mean that award will be withdrawn if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution's admission requirements).

Please note that these general criteria are also detailed in the Scholarship Policy Handbook.

Bangladesh specific criteria 
  • be a citizen of Bangladesh;
  • meet the following English language test requirements:

1. an Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) result with an overall score of at least 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, OR

2. a paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) overall score of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English, OR 

3. an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all subtests, OR 

4. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

The English language test results must be valid at 1 January 2015 (IELTS, TOEFL scores, and PTE Academic are valid for two years after the test date).

Where an institution’s academic English language requirement is higher than those detailed above, the awardee must meet the institution’s requirement.

Please note: Women, applicants with disabilities and applicants from ethnic minority groups with IELTS scores of 6.0 with no individual band less than 5.5 (or TOEFL or PTE equivalents) will be considered. If applicants from these groups submit applications with lower IELTS/TOEFL/PTE scores, they must meet the English language requirement described above and any special language requirements of their courses, if offered an Australia Awards Scholarship.

  • be a current employee of the Government of Bangladesh, ICDDR,B, BRAC or a member of an ethnic minority group or working in the area of Water Resource Management;
  • have at least two years’ work experience in a field relevant to their proposed course of study. Government of Bangladesh employees must have completed their 2 years of service tenure as Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) cadre officer at the time of application.
  • have a university qualification at least equivalent in standard to an Australian Bachelor’s degree.

Study programs can be no longer than 2 years in duration.

Applicants for Masters by research must provide evidence of an offer of admission to an appropriate course at an eligible Australian university for full time studies commencing in 2015. Research applicants must also provide evidence from an academic supervisor who will supervise the research study.

Social Inclusion

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered on the basis of merit, transparency and equal access.
Applications from eligible women, members of ethnic communities/traditionally marginalised groups and persons with a disability are strongly encouraged.

Female Applicants

The objective is that at least 50% of the awards will go to female applicants. Family members can join you, but certain conditions apply- see the Scholarships Policy Handbook. Accommodation is secure. Your children can access free public education in Australia and childcare facilities are available (on payment basis) if required. Click here for more information.

Disability Support

Reasonable disability support (academic and non-academic) is provided to recipients with a disability based on a ‘needs’ assessment with the objective of allowing their participation on an equal basis with other award recipients - see the Scholarships Policy Handbook. Read about the positive experiences in Australia of a Sri Lankan awardee with a disability.

Applicants are encouraged to consider course selections carefully before applying. Apart from exceptional circumstances, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will not consider requests to change a selected course. 

Awardees are required:
  • to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship; 
  • to return to Bangladesh after completing their scholarships and live there for at least two years to contribute to economic and social development of the country. Failure to do so will incur a debt to the Commonwealth of Australia for the total value of the scholarship; 
  • to meet all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The offer of a scholarship will be withdrawn if a candidate fails to satisfy visa requirements within the required timeframe.

Participating Australian universities

Recipients of Australia Awards Scholarships are accepted widely by most universities in Australia. A list of the participating universities for Intake 2015 is available at:
http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/australian-institutions.aspx

    Benefits and entitlements

    Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary to complete the academic program specified by a university.

    The following benefits generally apply: 

    • full tuition fees; 
    • return economy-class air travel by the most direct route; 
    • establishment allowance: a once only contribution towards initial expenses such as rental bonds, text books, additional medical insurance, excess baggage etc.;
    • contribution to living expenses: a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses;
    • Introductory Academic Program a compulsory 4-6 week program on life and study in Australia prior to the commencement of formal studies;
    • Overseas Student Health Cover: for the duration of the award (for award holder only). This covers basic hospital and medical costs, excluding pre-existing conditions;
    • visa application expenses.

    Subject to requirements and eligibility, Australia Awards Scholarships may also cover:

    • supplementary Academic Support (Tutorial Assistance): to improve a student's performance to ensure academic success, if required;
    • for eligible research students only, contribution to fieldwork costs may be available for one return economy class airfare by the most direct route to Bangladesh or within Australia;
    • reunion airfare (for unaccompanied awardees).

    For more details on benefits and entitlements please read the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/scholar-handbook.aspx

    How to prepare

    1. Check that you are eligible to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarships. The general eligibility criteria are found in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook and the additional eligibility criteria for Bangladesh are detailed in the Country Profile http://aid.dfat.gov.au/australia-awards/Documents/bangladesh.pdf
    2. Download and read the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook (http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/scholar-handbook.aspx).
    3. When selecting a course, check the participating universities listed at http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/australian-institutions.aspx. Go to http://cricos.deewr.gov.au/ and individual university websites to research suitable courses. 
    Applicants must carefully check that:
    • a selected course aligns with one of the Priority Development Themes for Bangladesh for their target group
    • a selected course does not exceed two years
    • a selected course enables them to contribute to poverty alleviation and sustainable development in Bangladesh when they return
    • they satisfy all university enrollment requirements, including English language proficiency.

    Required documentation

    All applicants must submit the following documents with their applications. Failure to do so may make an application ineligible. Note that some documents must be certified. If the document is not in English, the translated copy must be certified. See the Scholarships Policy Handbook for certification requirements.

    Eligibility Requirement OASIS Document type Certified
    Passport Proof of Citizenship Yes
    Tertiary degree certificates (bachelors and onwards only) Degree Certificate Yes
    Academic grades (bachelors and onwards only) Academic Transcript Yes
    IELTS,TOEFL or PTE certificates Proof of English Language Proficiency Yes
    Certificate of special achievements or merit Prize or Award Yes

    Academic referee reports (with seal: 2 reports for Masters by Research applicants; 1 for Masters by Coursework applicants) Template available at: http://aid.dfat.gov.au/australia-awards/Documents/referee.doc

    Referee Report No
    Evidence of conditional/unconditional offer of admission (for research applicants) Letter of Offer No
    Research proposal (for Masters by research applicants) Download guideline
    Other Document No
    Employment Referee Report (with seal - same template as above) Other Document No
    Curriculum Vitae (CV) Other Document (click here for template) No                              

    *Please note: applicants shortlisted for interview in the selection process must provide certified academic transcripts. Applicants selected for Australia Awards will require a valid police clearance certificate from their current workplace or permanent address location.

    In addition:

    • Applicants offered Australia Awards will need to submit, at a later stage, other information required by DIBP for visa processing.

    Information sessions

    • The Australia Awards Office Bangladesh will conduct information sessions during February-April to clarify queries from applicants. The objective of the information sessions is to ensure applicants have full and accurate information to enable them to lodge eligible and quality applications. 
    • Information sessions are planned to be held in Dhaka and a number of other cities. The dates and venues are available HERE. Applicants can also contact the Australia Awards Office Bangladesh for this information.

    Family Travel

    • The Australian Government does not provide any financial or other support for the dependents of awardees. Awardees considering taking dependents to Australia are strongly encouraged to travel to Australia on their own for at least the first six months to attend the Introductory Academic Program and become established in their studies, without the distraction of family responsibilities.

    How to apply

    1. The online application form is accessible at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications online. Those who need to submit a hard copy application must contact the Australia Awards Office Bangladesh well before applications close. If required, a copy of the application form can be forwarded to you.
    2. Applicants from the Government of Bangladesh must select one of the following themes from the list in the application form: Economic growth; Governance; Gender Equality, Regional Stability, or Health, and Education.
    3. Applicants from ICDDR,B must select one of the following themes from the list in the application form: Health or Governance.
    4. Applicants from BRAC must select the following theme from the list in the application form: Economic Growth and Education.
    5. Applicants working in Water Resource Management must select one of the following themes from the list in the application form: Water and Sanitation.
    6. Applicants from the ethnic minority groups may choose any theme listed in the application form.
    7. The Supporting Statement section of the application form is particularly important. Applicants must provide strong arguments to demonstrate their suitability for an Australia Awards Scholarship.
    8. Applicants who wish to pursue studies by research (Masters by research, or Masters by coursework with a research component) must complete the Research Proposal Details section. 
    9. Applicants must complete the English Language Proficiency section in full, including their scores and, if possible, attach a copy of their IELTS, TOEFL or PTE certificates with their applications Certified scanned copies of supporting documents, as outlined in the above table, must be uploaded with the online application form. For more information on Australia Awards Scholarships, first read the FAQs and then contact the Australia Awards Office Bangladesh at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    10. Hardcopy applications must be received by the Australia Awards office Bangladesh at the following address no later than 5pm on 30 April 2014.

      Australia Awards Office Bangladesh 
      5th Floor, Plot # 4, Road # 12 Block-J, Baridhara Dhaka-1212 Bangladesh

    Scholarship management process

      The selection process for Australia Awards Scholarships is open and transparent. The 9 key steps in the process are:
      1. Intake opens - 1 February 2014
      2. Submit applications with necessary supporting documents
      3. Intake closes - 30 April 2014
      4. Compliance checks 
      5. Ranking (by independent consultants), short listing and interviews
      6. Notifying successful candidates
      7. Australia Awards Office Bangladesh seeks university placements
      8. Immigration/visa and health clearances
      9. Pre-departure briefing and mobilisation

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        Contact us

        Australia Awards Office Bangladesh
        5th Floor, Plot # 4, Road # 12 Block-J, Baridhara
        Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh
        Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
        Website: www.australiaawardsbangladesh.org
        Tel: +880 4478004423, +880 4478004424
        Mobile: +880 1730338495

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