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Applications are now open for Australia Awards Scholarship Intake 2015

Applications must be lodged by 5pm (BST), 30th April 2014.

Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their application online at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. For assistance, contact the Australia Awards Office Bhutan.

Alert 8/4/14

Applicants are strongly advised submit their online applications well before the closing date on 30 April 2014 as the online application facility (OASIS) experiences peak usage in the days leading up to the closing date and applicants may experience delays.

Applicants are also reminded that providing false or misleading information in an application is a serious offense under Australian Law and any applicant doing so will be automatically disqualified for an award.

Australia Awards

Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian government, offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development.

The Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and its neighbours through Australia's extensive scholarship programs. The Australia Awards initiative will, over time, build a new generation of global leaders with strong links to Australia.

Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships are long term development awards administered by the Australian government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). They aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia's partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

They provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions. In Bhutan's case, the Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for study at Master's level at Australian universities, either by coursework or research, or a combination of the two. The maximum duration allowed for a Master's degree is two years.

The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to the development outcomes of Bhutan.

Awardees are required to return home for two years after they have completed their studies, so they can contribute to the development of their country.

Expected outcomes of Australia Awards

The Australia Awards Scholarships in Bhutan aim to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Awardees develop and demonstrate high level professional and technical skills relevant to their area of expertise
  • Awardees return to their home countries and successfully reintegrate into the workforce
  • Awardees exercise good leadership, apply new skills and nurture partnerships with institutions in the region and in Australia
  • Awardees apply their skills to contribute to improving capacity in their organisations and institutions
  • Awardees join alumni networks operating in their country to continue professional development and to maintain enduring links with Australia at individual, country and global levels.

Scholarship benefits

The Australia Awards Scholarships are for the minimum period necessary to complete an academic program, including any preparatory training. They attract the following benefits:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Return air travel
  • Establishment allowance
  • Contribution to living expenses
  • An Introductory Academic Program
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Visa expenses.
Subject to requirements and eligibility, Australia Awards Scholarships also may cover:
  • Supplementary Academic Support
  • Fieldwork (for research purposes only)
  • Reunion airfare (for unaccompanied awardees).

Note: The Australian Government does not provide any financial or other support for the dependents of awardees. Awardees are responsible, including financially responsible, for their family members who accompany them to Australia.

Priority fields of study

The priority fields of study identified for Intake 2015 reflect the development needs of Bhutan and priorities agreed between the Australian government and the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGOB). They align with Australia's bilateral aid program and regional objectives.

Applicants must apply for only one field of study to which their parent agency nominates them for. Applicants can submit more than one university preference in their applications.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully consider study programs and institution preferences before applying. The Australian government and the RGOB will not entertain any changes to these after the application closing date.

1. Priority fields of study for applicants under the purview of the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC)

2. Priority fields of study for applicants under the purview of Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MOLHR)

Eligibility criteria

General eligibility criteria

An applicant must:

  • be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the scholarship
  • 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. Bhutan is a participating country and therefore applicants from Bhutan must be citizens of Bhutan and residing in and applying from Bhutan
  • 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 mobilization phases
  • not be current serving military personnel
  • not be applying for a visa to live in Australia
  • 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)
  • have satisfied any specific criteria established by the Australian government in the applicant's country or government of citizenship
  • be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken (this may mean that Program Areas will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution's admission requirements. This may not be known until Program Areas request a placement at selected institutions)
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a DFAT Temporary Visa (subclass 576). This may mean that the Program Area will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the visa requirements.
Note: Applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Program Areas or with Managing Contractors so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.

Country-specific eligibility criteria

In addition to the general eligibility criteria, applicants from Bhutan must also meet the following country-specific conditions.

  • Have completed a tertiary level qualification at least equivalent to an Australian Bachelor's degree
  • Have achieved a minimum academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; or a TOEFL paper-based test 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, or a Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) overall score of 58, with no communicative skill score less than 50. Scores must be valid at 1 January 2015
  • Be employed on a full-time basis
  • Provide an employer nomination letter from the Human Resource Officer (HRO) of the parent organisation/agency. In addition, applicants under the purview of the MOLHR must also submit a nomination letter from the Department of Human Resources (DHR)
  • Applicants under the purview of RCSC must have at least the following levels of work experience (including probation period) in their proposed field of study at the time of commencement of the study program:
  • BCBE select - three years
  • Non-BCSE select - five years
  • Categorical relaxation of this criterion is applied to applicants from certain professional background as specified under BCSR 2012 - Chapter 9: Clause
  • Applicants under the purview of MOLHR must have rendered a minimum of three years (including probation) of continuous and satisfactory service with the nominating agency at the time of application
  • Have relevant academic background for the proposed study program that the applicant is nominated against, unless otherwise specified
  • Fall under the specified target group identified for a particular field of study for Intake 2015
  • Meet any other eligibility criteria specified under the BCSR 2012 or the "Guidelines for Human Resource Development (HRD) support to private and corporate sector" of the Department of Human Resources, MOLHR - whichever applies.

  • Social Inclusion

    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 female awardees, but certain conditions apply- see the Scholarships Policy Handbook. Accommodation is secure. Children can access free public education in Australia and childcare facilities are available (on payment basis) if required.

    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 South Asian awardees with a disability.

    Required documents

    The following documents must be submitted with an application. Failure to do so may make an application ineligible. Documents requiring certification are specified in the table below. If the document is not in English, the translated copy must be certified. See the Scholarships Policy Handbook for certification requirements.

    Click HERE to see a list of required documents.

    Finding an appropriate course and university

    The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) website has information on all Australian university courses available to international students.

    It is important for applicants to investigate options in the courses of study they hope to pursue. The CRICOS website and websites of individual universities are the best places to do this. They can clarify:

    • if a course is available to international students
    • details of course content
    • English language requirements for selected courses
    • other course-specific requirements
    • how closely course content links with a development need of the country.

    Each course has a unique CRICOS Code: a six digit number and an alphabet. This number is an important identifier for selected courses. It must be accurate when typed into an application.

    Applicants must thoroughly research all course and university preferences for their applications. It is not guaranteed that an admission to a first preference course/university will be secured.

    CRICOS is found at http://cricos.deewr.gov.au

    How to apply

    • Applicants must first check if they are eligible to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship. Eligibility criteria are detailed above and can be found in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, which can be downloaded from http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/scholar-handbook.aspx
    • Applicants must carefully research universities and courses. It is the responsibility of applicants to understand all aspects of study programs at their preferred university before submitting their applications. Applicants must include at least two preferred universities in their application. However, the applicants can apply to only one study program/course that they are eligible for.
    • Applicants must have IELTS or TOEFL or PTE Academic results (valid at 1 January 2015).
    Lodging application
    • The online application form is accessible at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. Read the OASIS Applicant User Guide available HERE. Those who need to submit hard copy applications must contact the Australia Awards - Office Bhutan well before the application deadline.
    • 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.
    • Applicants who wish to pursue studies by research (including Master's by research, or Master's by coursework with a research component) must complete the Research Proposal Details section in the application form.
    • Applicants must complete the English Language Proficiency section in full, including their scores. Applicants must attach a valid copy of their IELTS/TOEFL or PTE Academic results.
    • Ensure that referee reports provide objective and specific information about the applicant, and not just generic comments.
    • Enter your name in the online application form as it appears in your passport. Do not enter your full name in both the name fields.
    • Scanned copies of supporting documents must be uploaded with the online application form. Applicants lodging hard copy applications must provide two copies of the application form with notarized copies of the relevant supporting documents attached to each of them.
    • Hardcopy applications must be received by the Australia Awards Office Bhutan at least two weeks before the online applications closing date.
    • Applicants are not required to obtain admissions or get offer letters from the universities/institutions. Admissions for selected applicants will be sought by the Australia Awards Office Bhutan.

    Scholarship management cycle

    The selection process is open and transparent. Key steps in the processes are:

    • Intake opens - 1 February 2014
    • Intake closes - 30 April 2014
    • Eligibility checking by Australia Awards Office Bhutan - May 2014
    • Inititial assessment and ranking by independent consultants - June/July 2014
    • Shortlisting, interview, and recommendation of applicants to DFAT - August 2014
    • Offer of scholarships by DFAT & RGOB - September 2014
    • Seeks university placement/admission by Australia Awards Office Bhutan - September 2014
    • Visa and mobilization information session by Australia Awards Office Bhutan - September 2014
    • Medical examinations and lodging visa applications - September/October 2014
    • Pre-departure briefing and mobilization - November/December 2014
    • In-Australia support

    Useful links

    Further information about Australia Awards Scholarships can be found at:

    More general information about the Australia Awards, DFAT and studying in Australia can be found at:

    The following websites provide valuable background and preparatory information:

    Contact us

    Australia Awards Office Bhutan
    Building 26, Room 204
    Phendey Lam
    Thimphu 11001
    T (975)-2-331845, F (975)-2-334793
    M (975) 17117224/17620984
    Website: www.australiaawardsbhutan.org
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