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Alert 8/4/14

Applicants are strongly advised to 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 the Australian Law and any applicant doing so will be automatically disqualified for an award.

Australia Awards Scholarships: Nepal

Intake Commencing Academic Year 2015

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Program overview

Australia’s international development assistance in Nepal aims to alleviate poverty and provide a peace dividend by focusing on service delivery in health and education sectors, 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 organisations. Scholarships to study in Australia are a key element of Australia’s support and integral to the Australian Government’s development cooperation across South Asia.

Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.

Applicants will be assessed for their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in Nepal. Applications are strongly encouraged from eligible women, people with disability and people from traditionally marginalised groups and remote regions of Nepal.

Priority fields of study

The priority areas of study for Nepal are:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Livelihoods/Poverty Alleviation (focusing on microenterprise development)
  • Governance (Economics, Public Policy and Public Financial Management)
  • Water Resource Management (for Master’s level of study only). Click here for more information.

Australia Awards Scholarships will also be open to applicants from the Government of Nepal in the field of International Relations.

Australia Awards Scholarships

In Nepal, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (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 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 eligible women, people with disabilities and traditionally marginalised groups are strongly encouraged.

Applications for Master’s and PhD studies for the intake commencing academic year 2015 close at 5pm (Kathmandu time) on 30 April 2014. 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 Australia Awards Office Nepal.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at:

http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/scholar-handbook.aspx

Applicants must also meet the following specific requirements for Nepal:

  • All applicants will require the following English language test results:
    (i) an Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) score average of 6.5 or above (with no individual band less than 6.0); OR
    (ii) 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
    (iii) an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all subtests, OR
    (iv) 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
  • 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 or PTE Academic test score. However, if they are offered an Australia Awards Scholarship, they must meet the English language requirement of their course
  • Have at least three years’ work experience relevant to a nominated field of study.

Special conditions

Applicants from Nepal must meet the following country special conditions:

  • Applicants from the public sector who are nominated by the Government of Nepal must have their nominations submitted to the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu by the Nepalese Ministry of Finance
  • Applicants wishing to study a Masters by Research or a PhD must identify a potential supervisor. Note: Scholarships in the Water Resource Management priority area are available at Master’s level only
  • Recipients of Awards must return to Nepal for at least two years after completing their studies
  • Awards offered for 2015 must be taken in that year. They cannot be transferred to a future year.

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.

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 awardees with a disability.

Required documents

Applicants must submit the following documents to meet application requirements for Nepal:;

Document type OASIS type Certified
Passport and citizenship certificate or equivalentProof of citizenshipYes
Degree certificates including School Leaving Certificate (SLC) or equivalent Degree Certificate Yes
Academic Transcripts specifying divisions/ grades (from SLC onwards) Academic Transcript Yes
IELTS or TOEFL or PTE Academic certificates Proof of English Language Proficiency Yes
Certificate of special achievements or merit Other Document No
Three referee reports (two academic and one professional) using the required scholarship template, available at: http://aid.dfat.gov.au/australia-awards/Documents/referee.doc
Referee Report No
Research proposal (for PhD and Masters by research). Download guidelines. Other Document No
Research proposal and evidence of communication with potential supervisor providing in-principle support for research proposal applicants selecting PhD and Masters by research courses Other Document No
Curriculum Vitae in the template available at: http://australiaawardssouthasia.org/docs/CV_Template_Nepal_Jan2014.docx
Other Document No
Employment Letter (if employed) Other Document  No
Nomination letter from the Ministry of Finance for nominated public servants (applying from the public sector) Other Document No
Police or security clearance certificate (if nominated for an Award Other Document No

If a document is not in English, a certified translated copy must be submitted. To be considered certified, the original document must have been sighted and the copy sworn to be a true copy of the original by an authorised person at one of the following: 

  • the official records department of the institution that originally issued the document/s; or
  • an Australian overseas diplomatic mission;
  • an Australian Educational Centre; or
  • a Notary Public

Note:  

  • Candidates with 3-4 years Bachelor degree or two years Bachelor degree with a Master’s degree in related fields are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must inform the Australia Awards Office Nepal of any connection or relationship with staff employed at the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu or the Australia Awards Office Nepal.

How to apply

  • Access the Australia Awards website http://aid.dfat.gov.au/australia-awards/Pages/default.aspx or the Australia Awards Office Nepal website http://australiaawardsnepal.org for important information
  • Read the information provided on the web pages carefully. Ensure you meet the criteria detailed for Nepal at: http://australiaawardsnepal.org
  • Download and read carefully the scholarship handbook from http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/scholar-handbook.aspx and OASIS user manual guide from http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/2303_50_633_9711_3818.aspx
  • Register on OASIS https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. Get your log-in username and password and proceed with your application. You can update your draft application form and attach and update supporting documentation until 5pm (Kathmandu time) on 30 April 2014. Once you submit your application you cannot amend it
  • 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 or PTE Academic certificate
  • Certified 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 Nepal Country Profile, brochures and the Australia Awards Scholarships Handbook before commencing an application
  • DO NOT forget to submit all transcripts and certificates including SLC or equivalent, a CV and three referee reports (with at least two academic reports) in the given templates.

Please Note

  • Investigate universities and courses based on the priority sectors referred to above and your previous degree and experiences. Take time and consult with colleagues who have previously received an Australia Awards Scholarships
  • 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 your application: See link below
  • Draft a research proposal carefully, based on the relevant priority sector and in consultation with a potential supervisor
  • Review and understand the concept of ‘Development’ and ‘Leadership’
  • Use the prescribed templates for referee reports and CV
  • Make sure you meet all eligibility requirements
  • Make sure that you have four years bachelor degree or a master’s degree with at least two-three years bachelor degree 

Using OASIS to lodge applications

  • 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 your application for future reference
  • DO NOT submit duplicate applications
  • Type names correctly and in the 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 into 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).

Eligibility

  • Ensure all eligibility requirements are met.

Documents

  • Ensure that referee reports are signed, stamped and in the prescribed template
  • Ensure that academic credentials include transcripts, degree certificates (or provisional certificate) including SLC or equivalent
  • Ensure that identification documents include translated and certified citizenship certificate and passport
  • Ensure that legal documents are certified as detailed 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.

Scholarship management process

The selection process follows the steps below:

  • Applications are screened against the published eligibility criteria
  • Applications are assessed independently for academic qualifications, work-experience, English language proficiency, commitment to development and social inclusion
  • Applicants are short-listed by the Australian Embassy Kathmandu and interviewed by a panel comprising of representatives of the Australian Government, the Government of Nepal and an independent expert
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview
  • Applicants complete a writing exercise followed by an interview.

Selection criteria

Merit, transparency and equal access

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Academic background and achievements
  • Work-experiences and leadership quality
  • Relevance to priority sectors
  • Potential outcome of study in Australia – development impact
  • English language proficiency
  • Level of preparation for study in Australia (application summary, references, support documents, university, course selection, etc)
  • Social inclusion (ethnicity, remoteness)

Key points for consideration

  • Carefully check whether you meet the Eligibility Criteria for Nepal
    (i) Eligibility criteria are detailed on the Australia Awards website
    (ii) Download and read the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook:
    http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/scholar-handbook.aspx 
  • Remember that these are development scholarships so applicants will be assessed on their potential to impact on development challenges in Nepal in the specified priority areas. Carefully research the Australian institutions that may provide the most appropriate course of study which meets your needs. Applicants are not required to obtain admission or offer letter from universities.
  • Select a course with help of the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) http://cricos.deewr.gov.au and university websites.
  • Clarify:
    • whether a course is available to international students
    • details of course content to compare course components
    • how closely it fits a particular specified priority area
  • Identify two preferred universities and courses most suitable to your needs and experiences. Take time and consult with colleagues who have previously obtained an Australia Awards Scholarship.
  • Research applicants need to provide evidence (e.g. letter or email communication) that the applicant has received in-principle support for their research topic from a potential supervisor - Consult with Institutions/Professors to identify suitable/interested supervisor if it is a research degree.
  • Identify and verify the CRICOS code for your proposed course/s before completing your application.
  • Draft your research proposal carefully based on priority sector and in consultation with your potential supervisor.
  • Submit all certified photo-copies of academic certificates and transcripts from SLC onwards (SLC, certificate, bachelor, master, etc).
  • Detail GPA/percentage or equivalent in your CV and OASIS as instructed.
  • Attach nursing registration certificate if applying for a nursing degree.
  • Investigate well whether you can meet university requirements and check whether course is available next year.
  • Use templates for referee reports and CV. Links are available above.
  • Strictly follow eligibility requirements such as English language test score, its validity, previous scholarship, experiences, etc.
  • Make sure that you have four years bachelor degree or a master’s degree with at least two-three years bachelor degree 
  • Attach separately statement of purpose not exceeding one page.

Tentative Time-line

  • Open date: 1 February 2014
  • Closing date: 5pm (Kathmandu time), 30 April 2014
  • Short-listing: June 2014
  • Interview and written-test: July 2014
  • Notification of Results: September 2014
  • Placement and visa mobilization: Sep-Oct 2014
  • Pre-departure briefing: Nov-Dec 2014
  • Departure: Jan-Feb 2015

Useful links

For further information about the Australia Awards:

Contact us (click here for office map)

Australia Awards - Nepal
GPO Box – 8974, EPC – 211
Panipokhari, Chhetrabikram Marg, Maharajgunj Kathmandu - Nepal
T (+977) 1 4002614
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