Australia Awards Program

In November 2009, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced the Australia Awards, which bring the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) scholarships together under the banner of the Australia Awards program, http://www.australiaawards.gov.au/index.html

The Australia Awards are comprised of two streams: an achievement stream that targets the best and brightest students, researchers and professionals to come to Australia and for Australians to do the same offshore; and a development stream that builds capacity in developing countries.

Achievement stream

Endeavour Awards – Australian applicants
The Australian Government provides opportunities for high achieving Australian students, researchers and professionals to undertake study, research and professional development in a broad range of disciplines in participating countries in the Asia-Pacific, Americas, Europe and Middle East. Applications open on 5th April and close on 31st July 2010, for study in 2011.

Endeavour Awards – International applicants
The Australian Government provides opportunities for high achieving international students, researchers and professionals to undertake short or long term study, research and professional development in Australia in a broad range of disciplines. The country eligibility list has expanded from previous rounds, please review the new country inclusions at:
http://www.endeavour.deewr.gov.au/international_applicants/destination_country.htm
Applications open on 5th April and close on 31st July 2010, for study in 2011.
Development stream

Australian Development Scholarships:  Up to 1000 Australian Development Scholarships are awarded each year across 31 countries, with scholarships awarded equally between men and women. Each Country Program has different selection processes and timelines. Further information on individual country processes can be obtained from the Australian Diplomatic Mission in the country of citizenship.

Australian Leadership Awards – Scholarships: Applications for the 2010 intake open on 10th March 2010 and close on 30th June 2010. http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/ala_apply.cfm

Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship:  Applications for round 8 open in May and close 5-6 weeks later. http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/alafellow.cfm

Some scholarships require a conditional letter of offer from the University of Sydney, to be included as part of the online application. At present, the processing times indicated by the International Office is that it takes between 6-8 weeks to process a PhD application, so if you know of anyone applying, please encourage them to start early with finding a suitable supervisor using Research Supervisor Connect (http://www.usyd.edu.au/research/opportunities) and completing the postgraduate application form (http://www.usyd.edu.au/internationaloffice/forms/) – the procedure for international students is explained here : http://www.usyd.edu.au/future_students/international_postgraduate_research/admissions/how_to_apply/making_application.shtml

Please contact Danielle Penn (International Development Manager – Scholarships and Grants) if you have any queries on danielle.penn at sydney dot edu dot au and 02 9351 8743.

from DVC International
University of Sydney

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