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Applications are now open for Australia Awards Scholarship Intake 2015

Applications must be lodged by 5pm (Sri Lanka local time), 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 Sri Lanka.

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 offence under Australian Law and any applicant doing so will be automatically disqualified for an award.

Alert: Sitting IELTS test on 24 April 2014

Applications will be accepted from applicants who sit the IELTS Academic test on 24 April 2014, and upload as part of their online application: 

(i) proof that they sat the test on that date (eg slot reservation or booking receipt); and
(ii) a letter from themselves to British Council/ICBT requesting that their IELTS test results certificate is sent directly to:

Australia Awards Office Sri Lanka
Attention: Dr Hemamali Palihakkara
229/2 1/1, Kirula Road, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka

What are Australia Awards Scholarships?

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. 

Australia’s international development assistance in Sri Lanka aims to develop human resource capacity and leadership skills in identified priority sectors. 

Applicants will be assessed for their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in Sri Lanka in these sectors. 

Australia Awards Scholarships are open to eligible applicants from all sectors (public, private and corporate sectors including national NGOs and autonomous agencies) and are offered on the basis of merit, transparency and equal access. Applications are strongly encouraged from eligible women, people with disability and people working in Northern, Eastern, Sabaragamuwa, Uwa and Central Provinces. 

What are the expected outcomes of Australia Awards Scholarships?

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

  • Awardees obtain a high level  of 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 
  • A fully operating alumni network in Sri Lanka.

What are the priority study areas?

The fields of study identified each year for Australia Awards Scholarships reflect the development needs of Sri Lanka and priorities agreed between the Australian and the Sri Lankan Governments. They align with Australia’s bilateral aid program and regional objectives.

Australia’s development assistance program in Sri Lanka primarily focuses on education, health and sustainable economic growth.

The priority study areas for Intake 2015 are as follows:

Priority Sector (Development Theme) Field of Study
Education Relating to inclusive, quality education at Primary and Secondary levels. Applicants should be involved in overall policy, planning or management at the national or subnational level.
Health Relating to Water and Sanitation; and Nutrition. Particularly targeted at addressing root causes of issues in respect of Water and Sanitation; and Nutrition in vulnerable groups in Northern, Eastern, Sabaragamuwa, Uwa and Central Provinces.
Sustainable economic growth Relating to Community Forestry; Rural Development and Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) - particularly targeting areas with strong income generation potential in Northern, Eastern, Sabaragamuwa, Uwa and Central Provinces. Relating to Public Administration, Financial Management and Development Economics in any of the areas of Community Forestry; Rural Development and TVET.

Governance and Gender are cross cutting themes applicable to any of the above 3 priority areas.

For further information read about the Australian Government’s development programs in Sri Lanka at http://aid.dfat.gov.au/countries/southasia/srilanka/Pages/home.aspx

What courses can I apply to study?

Scholarships are available only for courses that are listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), which is the official Australian Government website that lists all Australian education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas.

Scholarships are offered only for studies at the Masters level for a maximum of 2 years.

As Australia Awards Scholarships are development scholarships, applicants will be assessed on their potential to impact on development challenges in Sri Lanka in the specified priority areas – in addition to their professional and personal qualities and academic competence.

Therefore courses selected should be focused on addressing development challenges in one of the specified priority areas. . Applicants should seek to justify their course selection by showing how the course content will address a knowledge gap in their work area/environment & in turn contribute to the develop of Sri Lanka in one of the specified priority areas. 

  • The Guideline for selecting a relevant course is available HERE
  • 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, we will forward your application to your second choice.
  • Applicants are expected to undertake research on the Australian institutions that may provide the most appropriate course of study which meets their needs.  Therefore, you are encouraged to consider study programs and universities preferences carefully before applying. You must research information provided on institution websites, and ensure that the course is 104 weeks or less in duration; and that you meet the institution’s English language & other course related requirements. We will not consider requests for changes after applications are submitted.
  • The “CRICOS code” of your chosen course must be entered in your scholarship application form. You must search for this code on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) at http://cricos.deewr.gov.au 

Am I Eligible?

We encourage you to use the checklist here to verify whether you may satisfy the eligibility criteria for an Australia Awards Scholarship in Sri Lanka before you commence an application.

General eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at: http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/scholar-handbook.aspx

Sri Lanka-specific eligibility criteria

Applicants from Sri Lanka must also meet the following country specific conditions:

  • They must be employed in the public, private or civil society sector, and the following criteria must be confirmed by an employment letter: (see # in table of supporting documents below)
    • PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES must have at least 3 years’ post qualification experience in the public sector with 2 years in a field relevant to the proposed course of study and be confirmed in their current positions. 
    • PRIVATE AND CIVIL SOCIETY SECTOR EMPLOYEES must have at least 3 years’ post qualification 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 Australian Government scholarships) for long-term academic studies in a foreign country. Long-term academic studies are defined as one year or longer in duration.  
  • If they have ever previously received an Australian Government scholarship longer than 6 months but less than one year, they must have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia on that scholarship
  • 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 academic background relevant to their proposed study program.

Special Conditions:

  • 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.
  • Awards for studies in 2015 must be taken in that year. They cannot be transferred to a future year except for reasons provided in the Scholarships Policy Handbook 
  • Awardees are required to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship

English language requirements

    Applicants must  have:
    • a minimum IELTS overall score of 6.5 (Academic module) with no band less than 6.0; or
    • a TOEFL paper-based test score of at least 580,  or a TOEFL computer based test 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.

    English proficiency test scores must still be valid on 1 January 2015 and must be submitted with a scholarship application. Applications with no valid IELTS, TOEFL or PTE test results will be deemed ineligible.

    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.

    What supporting documents are required?

    The following documents must be submitted with applications. Failure to do so may make an application ineligible. 

    All 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.

    Required document OASIS document type
    Tertiary degree certificates Degree Certificate
    Academic grades for university qualifications* Academic Transcript
    Passport/National ID/ Driving licence Proof of citizenship
    Birth certificate Proof of citizenship
    Curriculum Vitae (CV). Download CV template. Other Document
    Certificates of special achievement or merit Other Document
    English language test (IELTS, TOEFL OR PTE) results certificate valid at 1 January 2015 Proof of English language proficiency
    At least one academic referee report and at least one other referee report (e.g. a work supervisor) Masters by Research applicants - should provide two academic referee reports available at: http://aid.dfat.gov.au/australia-awards/Documents/referee.pdf or http://aid.dfat.gov.au/australia-awards/Documents/referee.doc Referee Report
    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 Other Document
    Masters by research applicants only - Research proposal. A Guideline for developing a research proposal can be downloaded HERE
    Other Document
    Employment Letter# Other Document
    Any other document you wish to upload ensuring your eligibility Other Document

    *Applicants must include both consolidated and year-by-year transcripts.
    # the Employment Letter must address the matters detailed under Eligibility Criteria above. 


    • Applicants should request transcripts from universities. If universities refuse to provide transcripts directly to applicants, contact the Australia Awards Office Sri Lanka for a letter of request. Transcripts must be received before the closing date for applications.
    • Referee reports in different formats cannot be accepted and may make applications ineligible. Contact the Australia Awards Office Sri Lanka to clarify reference requirements.
    • 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 police clearance certificate at the time of visa application. Public sector applicants must also submit the “ERD form 2” once they are selected.
    • 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.

    How do I apply?

    Online applications
      APPLY ONLINE AT: https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au    
        We strongly advise applicants to apply online and to do so well before the closing date. The online application facility (OASIS) experiences peak usage in the days leading up to the closing date and applicants may experience delays.
            • 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. Click here to view instructions on how to scan and upload documents in PDF. 
            • Print a copy of the application before submitting it. 
            • An email acknowledging receipt of your application will be sent after it is submitted.
            Hardcopy applications

              If it is not possible to lodge an application online, contact the Australia Awards Office Sri Lanka for assistance well in advance of the closing date. 


                Opening date: 1 February 2014
                  Closing date: 30 April 2014, 5pm Sri Lanka time
                    Applications or supporting documents received after this date will not be considered.

                    What are the scholarship entitlements?

                    Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian education institution, including any preparatory training.

                    Scholarship recipients will generally receive 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
                    • A one-off establishment allowance on arrival to contribute to costs such as accommodation, books, etc. 
                    • A fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by the Australian Government
                    • 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:
                    • Supplementary Academic Support (Tutorial Assistance), if required, to improve a student’s performance to assist with academic success
                    • A reunion airfare for unaccompanied awardees 
                    • A once only return economy class airfare via the most direct route may be approved for for fieldwork for awardees undertaking research  in Australia or their home country or a third country in exceptional circumstances 

                    Refer to the Scholarships Policy Handbook for details.

                    What are the selection criteria?

                    Following eligibility checking, applications will be assessed and ranked by independent consultants and then short-listed.  Only short-listed candidates are contacted for interview.

                    The selection interview includes a panel interview and a writing exercise. Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:

                    • academic competence
                    • potential outcome, including contribution to development outcomes in Sri Lanka in the specified priority sectors
                    • professional and personal leadership attributes.

                    Refer to the Scholarships Policy Handbook for details.

                    What are the timelines involved?

                    The selection process is open and transparent, and consists of the following steps:

                    1. Intake opens – 1 February 2014
                    2. Submit online applications with necessary supporting documents. Intake closes at 5.00 pm (Sri Lankan time) 30 April 2014
                    3. Eligibility checks, independent assessments and ranking
                    4. Short listing& interview *– July 2014
                    5. Recommendation of applicants and offer of scholarships – August 2014
                    6. Sri Lankan  Australia Awards team seeks university placement
                    7. Immigration/visa and health clearances – October 2014
                    8. Pre-departure briefing and mobilization to Australia– December 2014 / January 2015
                    9. In-Australia support
                      *The interview takes into account applicants’ professional and personal leadership attributes, academic competence and potential outcomes of their proposed study program including contribution to development outcomes in Sri Lanka in the specified priority sectors.  

                        Only short-listed candidates are contacted for interview. 

                        What actions should I start now?

                        1. 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.
                        2. Applicants should download the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook and read its contents carefully.  This is available at: http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/scholar-handbook.aspx 
                        3. 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 programs related to one of the priority areas and fields of study detailed 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.

                        CRICOS and researching courses

                        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 one of the priority areas detailed above.

                        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.

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

                        The Guideline for selecting a relevant course is available HERE

                        Where can I find more information?

                        Contact us

                        Australia Awards Office Sri Lanka
                        The Australia Awards - Sri Lanka are managed by Coffey on behalf of the Australian Government
                        229/2 1/1, Kirula Road, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka
                        Ph +94 112369415 | Mobile +94 773638958, +94 773939038
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                        Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 06:59

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