Applications are now open for Australia Awards Scholarship Intake 2015
Applications must be lodged by 5pm (BST), 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 Bhutan.
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Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian government, offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to
undertake study, research and professional development.
The Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and its neighbours through Australia's extensive scholarship programs. The Australia
Awards initiative will, over time, build a new generation of global leaders with strong links to Australia.
Australia Awards Scholarships are long term development awards administered by the Australian government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). They 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. In Bhutan's case, the Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for study at Master's level at Australian universities, either by coursework or
research, or a combination of the two. The maximum duration allowed for a Master's degree is two years.
The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to the development outcomes of
Awardees are required to return home for two years after they have completed their studies, so they can contribute to the development of their country.
The Australia Awards Scholarships are for the minimum period necessary to complete an academic program, including any preparatory training. They attract the following benefits:
Full tuition fees
Return air travel
Contribution to living expenses
An Introductory Academic Program
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
Subject to requirements and eligibility, Australia Awards Scholarships also may cover:
Supplementary Academic Support
Fieldwork (for research purposes only)
Reunion airfare (for unaccompanied awardees).
Note: The Australian Government does not provide any financial or other support for the dependents of awardees. Awardees are responsible, including financially responsible, for their
family members who accompany them to Australia.
The priority fields of study identified for Intake 2015 reflect the development needs of Bhutan and priorities agreed between the Australian government and the Royal Government of
Bhutan (RGOB). They align with Australia's bilateral aid program and regional objectives.
Applicants must apply for only one field of study to which their parent agency nominates them for. Applicants can submit more than one university preference in their applications.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully consider study programs and institution preferences before applying. The Australian government and the RGOB will not entertain any changes to
these after the application closing date.
be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the scholarship
be a citizen of a participating country (as listed on the Australia Awards website) and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from their country of citizenship. Bhutan is
a participating country and therefore applicants from Bhutan must be citizens of Bhutan and residing in and applying from Bhutan
not be married, engaged to, or 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 mobilization phases
not be current serving military personnel
not be applying for a visa to live in Australia
not be applying for another long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia (for example,
a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have
resided outside Australia for eight years)
have satisfied any specific criteria established by the Australian government in the applicant's country or government of citizenship
be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken (this may mean that Program Areas will need to withdraw an award offer if the
recipient cannot satisfy the institution's admission requirements. This may not be known until Program Areas request a placement at selected institutions)
be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a DFAT Temporary Visa (subclass 576). This may mean that the Program Area will need to
withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the visa requirements.
Note: Applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Program Areas or with Managing Contractors so that the application may be
properly and transparently managed.
Country-specific eligibility criteria
In addition to the general eligibility criteria, applicants from Bhutan must also meet the following country-specific conditions.
Have completed a tertiary level qualification at least equivalent to an Australian Bachelor's degree
Have achieved a minimum academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; or a TOEFL paper-based test score of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of
written English, or an internet-based TOEFL 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. Scores must be valid at 1 January 2015
Be employed on a full-time basis
Provide an employer nomination letter from the Human Resource Officer (HRO) of the parent organisation/agency. In addition, applicants under the purview of the MOLHR must also
submit a nomination letter from the Department of Human Resources (DHR)
Applicants under the purview of RCSC must have at least the following levels of work experience (including probation period) in their proposed field of study at the time of
commencement of the study program:
BCBE select - three years
Non-BCSE select - five years
Categorical relaxation of this criterion is applied to applicants from certain professional background as specified under BCSR 2012 - Chapter 9: Clause 22.214.171.124
Applicants under the purview of MOLHR must have rendered a minimum of three years (including probation) of continuous and satisfactory service with the nominating agency at the time
Have relevant academic background for the proposed study program that the applicant is nominated against, unless otherwise specified
Fall under the specified target group identified for a particular field of study for Intake 2015
Meet any other eligibility criteria specified under the BCSR 2012 or the "Guidelines for Human Resource Development (HRD) support to private and corporate sector" of the Department
of Human Resources, MOLHR - whichever applies.
Applications from eligible women, members of ethnic communities/traditionally marginalised groups and persons with a disability are strongly encouraged
The objective is that at least 50% of the awards will go to female applicants. Family members can join female awardees, but certain conditions apply- see the Scholarships Policy
Handbook. Accommodation is secure. Children can access free public education in Australia and childcare facilities are available (on payment basis) if required.
The following documents must be submitted with an application. Failure to do so may make an application ineligible. Documents requiring certification are specified in the table below.
If the document is not in English, the translated copy must be certified. See the Scholarships Policy Handbook for certification requirements.
The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) website has information on all Australian university 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
English language requirements for selected courses
other course-specific requirements
how closely course content links with a development need of the country.
Each course has a unique CRICOS Code: a six digit number and an alphabet. This number is an important identifier for selected courses. It must be accurate when typed into an
Applicants must thoroughly research all course and university preferences for their applications. It is not guaranteed that an admission to a first preference course/university will be
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, which can be downloaded from http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/scholar-handbook.aspx
Applicants must carefully research universities and courses. It is the responsibility of applicants to understand all aspects of study programs at their preferred university before
submitting their applications. Applicants must include at least two preferred universities in their application. However, the applicants can apply to only one study program/course that
they are eligible for.
Applicants must have IELTS or TOEFL or PTE Academic results (valid at 1 January 2015).
The online application form is accessible at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. Read the OASIS Applicant User Guide available HERE.
Those who need to submit hard copy applications must contact the Australia Awards - Office Bhutan 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 an Australia Awards
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 in the application form.
Applicants must complete the English Language Proficiency section in full, including their scores. Applicants must attach a valid copy of their IELTS/TOEFL or PTE Academic results.
Ensure that referee reports provide objective and specific information about the applicant, and not just generic comments.
Enter your name in the online application form as it appears in your passport. Do not enter your full name in both the name fields.
Scanned copies of supporting documents must be uploaded with the online application form. Applicants lodging hard copy applications must provide two copies of the application form
with notarized copies of the relevant supporting documents attached to each of them.
Hardcopy applications must be received by the Australia Awards Office Bhutan at least two weeks before the online applications closing date.
Applicants are not required to obtain admissions or get offer letters from the universities/institutions. Admissions for selected applicants will be sought by the Australia Awards