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 & called for interviews, which have been tentatively scheduled for June/July 2013.
Australia Awards: Sri Lanka Intake Commencing Academic Year 2014
Applications for the intake commencing academic year 2014 must be lodged by 5pm (Sri Lanka time), 30th April 2013.
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 Sri Lanka South Asia Scholarships Program (SASP) office using the contact details below.
The Australia Awards bring together scholarships offered through Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade–Australian Aid and other Australian government departments. They are an Australian government initiative designed to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia, its neighbours and the global community. Over time, the Australia Awards aim to build a new generation of global leaders with strong links to Australia.
Change to Award Names
Australian Aid’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 focus of Australian Aid’s Australia Awards is to develop human resource capacity and leadership skills. The aim is for individuals to contribute to development in their home countries and build people-to-people links at individual, institutional and country levels.
In Sri Lanka, Australian Aid’s Australia Awards are offered to eligible applicants from all sectors (public, private and corporate sectors including national NGOs and autonomous agencies). Scholarships are offered at Master’s level only.
Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term scholarships to study at postgraduate level in Australia. They are managed by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade–Australian Aid and are part of the Australia Awards. They were previously known as Australian Development Scholarships (ADS).
Australia Awards Scholarships provide opportunities for qualified people from Sri Lanka to study full-time at Master’s level in Australia, either by coursework or research. They equip scholars with skills and knowledge to drive change and influence development outcomes in Sri Lanka.
Some outstanding awardees of Australia Awards Scholarships will be offered places in the Australia Awards Leadership Program. This Program is a supplement to the Australia Award Scholarships; there is no separate application for it. It will bring awardees together in Australia for leadership training, development discussions and opportunities to build valuable networks.
The fields of study identified each year for Australia Awards Scholarships reflect the development needs of Sri Lanka and priorities agreed between Australian Aid and the Sri Lankan Government. They align with Australia’s bilateral aid program and regional objectives.
Australia’s development assistance program in Sri Lanka primarily focuses on health, education and sustainable economic development—with governance a cross-cutting theme for all aid activities in Sri Lanka.
Fields of Study
Sustainable Economic Growth
Infrastructure development, technical vocational education & training (TVET), inclusive economic growth, rural development, public financial management, development economics
Inclusive, quality education at Primary and Secondary levels. Applicants must be involved in overall policy, planning or management at the provincial or national level.
Water and sanitation, nutrition of vulnerable groups
You should choose two course preferences. You are encouraged to choose two different institutions rather than two different courses at the same University. If your application for the first choice is unsuccessful, Australian Aid will forward your application to your second choice.
Applicants are encouraged to consider study programs and universities preferences carefully before applying. Australian Aid will not consider requests for changes after applications are submitted.
The CRICOS code of your course can be found on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) at http://cricos.deewr.gov.au
A list of suggested courses under each sector is will be available for download soon HERE.
Courses selected should be focused on poverty alleviation and socio economic development of Sri Lanka.
Applicants must also meet the following specific requirements for Sri Lanka:
They must be employed in the public or private sector.
Public sector employees must have at least 3 years’ work experience with 2 years in a field relevant to the proposed course of study and be confirmed in their positions.
Private sector employees must have at least 3 years’ work experience in a field relevant to the proposed course of study.
They must not have previously received any Sri Lankan or overseas government-funded award (including Australia Awards scholarships) for long-term academic studies in a foreign country. Long-term academic studies are defined as one year or longer in duration.
They must not be currently studying at a university abroad
They must have completed a tertiary level qualification at least equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s degree
They must have an IELTS overall score of 6.5 (Academic module) with no band less than 6.0 or TOEFL paper based test score of at least 580, or a TOEFL computer based test score of at least 237 or a TOEFL internet based score of at least 92.
English proficiency scores must be valid until 1 January 2014 and must be submitted with a scholarship application.
Pre-course English training in-country or in-Australia is not available for Sri Lankan applicants.
Applicants from the public sector must obtain necessary approvals from their Ministries if selected for an interview.
Awardees are required to return to Sri Lanka for at least two years after completing their scholarship, 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
Scholarships awarded for 2014 must be taken in that year. They cannot be transferred to a future year.
Awardees are required to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship
The following documents must be submitted with applications. Failure to do so may make an application ineligible. All documents must be notarized. If the document is not in English, the translated copy must be certified. See Section 2.7.7 of the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook for requirements of certification.
Masters by research applicants only- Evidence (e.g. letter or email communication) that the applicant has received in-principle support for their research topic from a potential supervisor
Masters by research applicants only- Research proposal
Employment Letter confirming minimum of 3 years work experience, the number of years experience in the field relevant to the proposed course of study, and that applicant is confirmed in their current position.
Research applicants shortlisted for a selection interview must submit a well developed research proposal by the date of the interview.
Successful applicants will be required to submit a valid police clearance certificate at the point of visa application. Grama Niladhari (Grama Seva) certificates will not be accepted.
Public sector applicants must submit the “ERD form 2” once they are selected.
* Applicants should request transcripts from their universities. If universities refuse to provide transcripts direct to applicants, contact the SASP Sri Lanka office for a letter of request. Transcripts must be received by the deadline for applications.
** Experience shows that it takes time for supervisors to complete referee reports. Approach supervisors as soon as possible to obtain up-to-date referee reports. If a referee report is not in English, a translation is required. References should come from employers, senior colleagues or academics familiar with the applicant’s academic, professional skills and achievements. Referee reports from family members or spouses are not acceptable.
*** Referee reports in different formats cannot be accepted and may make applications ineligible. Contact the Sri Lankan SASP team to clarify details about reference requirements
Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary to complete an academic program, including any preparatory training. They attract the following benefits:
Full tuition fees
Economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route
Medical expenses and visa processing fees related to the Australian Aid Student Visa 576
An establishment allowance to contribute to costs such as accommodation, books, etc.
A fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade–Australian Aid
A compulsory 4-6 week Introductory Academic Program covering life and study in Australia prior to commencing formal studies
Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of the award to cover an awardee’s basic medical costs. (This is for an awardee only and excludes pre-existing medical conditions)
Subject to requirements and eligibility, awardees may also receive:
Subject to requirements and eligibility, awardees may also receive:
Supplementary Academic Support (Tutorial Assistance), if required, to improve a student’s performance to assist with academic success
A reunion airfare for unaccompanied Australian AidScholars (see the Scholarships Policy for details)
A once only return economy class airfare via the most direct route may be approved for eligible research Australian Aid Scholars for fieldwork in Australia or their home country or a third country in exceptional circumstances
Costs associated with participating in the Australia Awards Leadership Program for awardees offered a place in the program.
View the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook at
Applicants must carefully research universities and courses, especially the areas detailed in the section, CRICOS and researching courses, below. It is the responsibility of applicants to understand all aspects of study programs at their preferred university before submitting their applications. Applicants must include two preferred universities in their application.
Applicants must ensure they:
apply for two study program listed against their sector/ theme (as shown in the table above)
satisfy all enrolment requirements specified by a university, including English language proficiency requirements
identify a supervisor if they wish to undertake a Master by Research. Applicants must provide a statement from a supervisor giving in-principle support to a research proposal. The statements must be included with their applications.
Note: Applicants are not required to obtain admissions or get offer letters from the universities.
The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) has information on all Australian universities with 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 to compare course components
English language requirements for selected courses
other specific course requirements
how closely course content links with a Development Theme.
Read the information on CRICOS carefully because not all courses are available to international students. Each course has a unique code: a six digit number and check letter. This number is an important identifier for selected courses. It must be accurate when typed into an application.
The online application form is accessible at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications online. Those who have any issues regarding online applications must contact the Sri Lankan SASP office 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 a 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.
Applicants must complete the English Language Proficiency section in full, including their scores. Applicants must attach a valid copy of their IELTS or TOEFL certificate.
Enter your name in the online application form as it appears in your passport.
Scanned copies of supporting documents must be uploaded with the online application form.
Please note the following:
Applications are valid only if all sections are completed.
Information can be added or edited while an application is in draft form.
Save information each time changes are made.
Enter the six digit number and check letter of the desired course in the Proposed Study section, and click the search button to populate the form with all information about the course.
An application can be revised until it is submitted. To edit an application after it is submitted, it must be ‘Un-submitted’. This can be done only before the applications closing date.
Scan and upload all required documents. View instructions on how to scan and upload documents in PDF format at the SASP website’s FAQ section.
Print a copy of the application before submitting it.
An email acknowledging receipt of your application will be sent after it is submitted.
The selection process is open and transparent. The 9 key steps in the processes are:
Intake opens – 1 February 2013
Submit online applications with necessary supporting documents
Intake closes at 5.00 pm (Sri Lankan time) 30 April 2013
Eligibility checks, independent assessments and ranking
Short listing, interview, recommendation of applicants and offer of scholarships
Sri Lankan SASP team seeks university placement
Immigration/visa and health clearances
Pre-departure briefing and mobilization
The interview takes into account applicants’ experience in the field for which they are applying and capacity for overall development of Sri Lanka. Only short-listed candidates are contacted for interview. Selection criteria can be found in Section 4 of the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook.
Information sessions for potential applicants will be scheduled in provinces and districts during the application period. Applicants may register for information sessions through portal at www.southasiascholarships.org/sri-lanka