Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) are long term development awards administered by AusAID. Australian Development Scholarship aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia's partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements. They provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.
The study and research opportunities provided by Australian Development Scholarship develop skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to the development outcomes of their own country.
Australian Development Scholarship conditions
Applicants who want to accept an AusAID Scholarship will need to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the Australian Development Scholarship.
Awardees are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their Australian Development Scholarship. Failure to do so will result in the awardee incurring a debt for the total accrued cost of their Australian Development Scholarship.
Australian Development Scholarship Benefit
- Full tuition fees.
- Return air travel—payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route.
- Establishment allowance—a once only payment of A$5,000 as a contribution towards as accommodation expenses, text books, study materials.
- Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) is a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by AusAID. From 1 January 2012, CLE payable to Scholars studying under an Australian Development Scholarship is A$28,000 per year.
- Introductory Academic Program (IAP)—a compulsory 4-6 week program prior to the commencement of formal academic studies covering information on life and study in Australia.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only)—provided to cover the student's basic medical costs (with the exception of pre existing conditions).
- Pre-course English (PCE) fees—if deemed necessary PCE may be available for students for in-country and/or in-Australia training.
- Supplementary Academic Support may be available to ensure a Australian Development Scholarship holder's academic success or enhance their academic experience.
- Fieldwork (for research students only)—may be available for eligible research students for one return economy class airfare via the most direct route to their country of citizenship or within Australia.
Area of Study For Australian Development Scholarship
Eligibility For Australian Development Scholarship
- be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the Australian Development Scholarship
- be a citizen of a participating country (as listed on AusAID’s Scholarship website) and be residing in and applying for the Australian Development Scholarship from their country of citizenship
- not be married or engaged to or be a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any of the application, selection or mobilisation phases or while on-Australian Development Scholarship in Australia
- not be current serving military personnel
- not be applying for another long-term AusAID scholarship unless they have returned to their home country and resided there* for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia
- not hold or have held an Australian Government-funded scholarship (e.g. Endeavour Award) in the preceding two years, at the time of application
- satisfy any specific criteria established by the applicant’s country and/or government of citizenship
- be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the Australian Development Scholarship is to be undertaken (this may mean that Post will need to withdraw a Scholarship offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution’s admission requirements. This may not be known until Post requests a placement at selected institutions)
- be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for an AusAID Student Visa 576 (this may mean that Post will need to withdraw a Scholarship offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the visa requirements)
Application Procedure For Australian Development Scholarship
Online or by mail
Find the instruction in Scholarships handbook
Australian Development Scholarship Application Deadline
30 April 2012
The deadline is varies, check deadline for your country here
For more information about this Australian Development Scholarship please visit the official website
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