Alert: 01 May 2013 - Applications for the 2014 intake closed
The Intake 2014 application round is now closed. Applications for Intake 2015 will open on 1 February 2014. Information for Intake 2015 will be available late in 2013.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for a written-test and interviews, which have been tentatively scheduled for July 2013. Interested Nepalese nationals living in Nepal intending to apply for Australia Awards in future are reminded that they are required to take English Language Proficiency tests (either IELTS or TOEFL) with three year work experiences.
Australia’s international development assistance in Nepal aims to alleviate poverty and provide a peace dividend by focusing on service delivery in health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene and by providing jobs through micro-enterprise development. Most of Australia's assistance to Nepal is delivered through the Government of Nepal and in partnership with other donors and multilateral organizations. Long-term Awards to study in Australia are a key element of Australia’s support and integral to the Australian Government’s development cooperation across South Asia.
Change to Award Names
AusAID’s two main Awards have been renamed as follows
Australian Development Scholarships are now Australia Awards Scholarships
Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships are now the Australia Awards Leadership Program
The new names are part of an exciting new phase in the Australia Awards, but they do not in any way alter the conditions of the Awards, or our regard for current scholars and alumni, who are an important part of the Australia Awards.
The Australia Awards are aligned with Australia’s development assistance in Nepal, targeting human resource gaps in identified priority sectors. They aim to provide awardees with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence economic and social development.
Australia Awards Scholarships
In Nepal, AusAID 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 Nepal to study full-time in Australia. They equip scholars with skills and knowledge to drive change and influence development outcomes in Nepal. These long-term scholarships were previously known as Australian Development Scholarships.
Selection for these Awards is based on merit, academic achievement and the relevance of proposed study programs to development priorities agreed between the governments of Australia and Nepal. Applications from women, people with disabilities and traditionally marginalised groups are strongly encouraged.
Australia Awards Leadership Program
Some outstanding awardees of Australia Awards Scholarships will be offered places in the Australia Awards Leadership Program. There is no separate selection exercise for this Program. This Program brings awardees together in Australia for leadership training, development discussions and opportunities to build valuable networks.
Applications for master and PhD for the intake commencing academic year 2014 close on 30 April 2013.
Applications received after this time will not be accepted.
Applicants are encouraged to complete their application online at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. For assistance, contact the South Asia Scholarships Program (SASP) Nepal Office.
Commencing in 2014, suitably qualified applicants from Nepal working in Water Management and related areas can apply for targeted Australia Awards Scholarships in this field. These Awards are at Master’s level only and available to applicants in Bangladesh, Bhutan and India as well as Nepal, as part of AusAID’s regional strategy. Please contact SASP Office for detail information.
As with all Australia Awards Scholarships, applicants must meet all general and country-specific criteria to be eligible for these Awards.
Applicants must also meet the following specific requirements for Nepal:
All applicants will require an IELTS (Academic) score average of 6.5 or above (with no individual band less than 6.0) or an equivalent TOEFL paper-based/internet based test score.
Applications from women, people with disabilities and members of traditionally marginalised groups will be considered for eligibility with an IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.5 or above (with no individual band less than 5.0) or an equivalent TOEFL paper-based/internet based test score. However, if they are offered Australia Awards, they must meet the English language requirement of their courses
Have at least three years’ work experience relevant to a nominated field of study
Applicants from Nepal must meet the following country special conditions:
Applicants nominated from the public should have their nominations directed to AusAID from the Ministry of Finance
Applicants wishing to study a Masters by Research or a PhD must identify a supervisor
Recipients of Awards must return to Nepal for at least two years after completing their studies
Awards offered for 2014 must be taken in that year. They cannot be transferred to a future year
The online application form is accessible at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications online. Those who cannot lodge applications on-line must contact the Nepal SASP office well before the application closing date to discuss options for lodging an application. If required, they can arrange to forward a hardcopy form.
Government employees eligible to apply for the Awards must be nominated by the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Nepal. They should relate their field of study to a priority sector.
Research applicants for a Masters or PhD must provide a research proposal with their applications and identify a potential university supervisor.
Applicants must complete the English Language Proficiency section in full, including their scores. Applicants must attach a copy of their IELTS or TOEFL certificate.
Notarized and legible scanned copies of all supporting documents must be uploaded with the online application form. Scan related documents as a single file; DO NOT upload page by page.
Carefully read the Country Profile, brochures and the Australia Awards Scholarships Handbook before commencing an application.
DO NOT forget to submit all transcripts and certificate from SLC onwards, a CV and three referee reports in the given templates.
Investigate universities and courses based on AusAID priority sectors and your previous degree and experiences. Take time and consult with colleagues who have had experience with Australia Awards.
Consult with professors at preferred universities to identify possible supervisors if you are pursuing a research degree (PhD or Masters by research).
Identify and verify the CRICOS Code before completing application: See link below.
Draft a research proposal carefully, based on priority sector and in consultation with a potential supervisor.
Review and understand the concept of ‘Development’ and ‘Leadership’.
Use AusAID templates for referee reports and CV.
Make sure you meet all eligibility requirements.
Make sure that you have a three or four year Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree and a two year Bachelor’s degree.
Use title case for names and sentence case for other details
Check spelling and date of birth, passport number etc. for accuracy
Double check information before submitting an application
Print and keep a copy of application for future reference
DO NOT submit duplicate applications
Type names correctly and in right order: given name then last name.
Check the character count. For convenience draft the paragraph in MS Word, count the characters, and then paste it to the application.
Make sure ethnicity is clear in an application. Some examples of ethnic groups are: Brahmin, Chhetri, Dalit, Madhesi, Janajati. Ethnicity needs to be specific. For instance, Thapa is both Chhetri and Magar (Janajati).
Identify how a field of study matches with a priority sector.
Select two universities with the same field of study to strengthen your application.
Ensure a selected level of study is a Master or PhD degree. (e.g. Not an Associate degree)
Ensure all eligibility requirements are met.
Ensure that referee reports are signed, stamped and in the scholarship template
Ensure that academic credentials include transcripts, degree certificates (or provisional certificate) right from SLC
Ensure that identification documents include translated and notarized citizenship and passport
Ensure that legal documents are notarized as given above
Ensure that scanned documents are clear, legible and preferably in PDF format. Similar documents are to be combined into one file not exceeding 2 MB
Upload only documents relevant to your application.