Australian Government Award Scholarships for 1000 African Students – with at least 3rd Class Pass

Australian Awards in Africa (AAA)

Course(s) Offered: Available courses
Course Level: Postgraduate (masters, PhD, short courses, Postdoc)
Provider: Australian Government
Country to Study in: Africa, Australia

Scholarship Description
The Australia Awards in Africa (AAA) (formerly Australian Development Scholarships, ADS), an initiative of the Australian Government, is a pan-African program of development scholarships and fellowships that offers 1,000 postgraduate scholarships each year to eligible African professionals.

The Australia Awards comprised two scholarships: Australian Awards Scholarships (the Master Awards), to undertake higher degree studies in Australia at Masters level AND Australia Awards Short Courses, to undertake short-term, targeted professional training courses, in Australia and/or in Africa, in a range of development-focused sectors (the Africa Fellowships & the Australia Awards Fellowships). Starting 2018, the Australia Awards – Africa program will pilot a third scholarship, the Post-Doctoral Fellowships.

One-quarter of all Australia’s development scholarships are now directed to Africa. The 2018/19 Australia Awards in Africa applications will open for up to 1,000 African Students. Applications will open on 1st September 2017.

Australia Awards in Africa Scholarships (formerly Australian Development Scholarships)

Please refer to the country-specific pages (see METHOD OF APPLICATION below) for specific country-based scholarship information. You are only eligible for an Award if these apply (varies by country):
  • You must be at least 25 and not more than 50 years of age at the date of your application.
  • You must have at least three (3) years’ relevant post graduate work experience. This work experience must be in a role relevant to your proposed field of study and to your employment organisation type (e.g. public sector applicants should demonstrate public sector work experience, and so on). Preference will be given to candidates with greater periods of experience.
  • You possess, as a minimum, a Bachelors degree (or the equivalent) from a recognized Institution of at least 4 years in length with at least a 3rd Class Pass.
  • Public sector candidates must comply with Government of your country regulations for government employees wishing to apply for scholarships
  • Public sector, private sector and civil society candidates must provide evidence of completion of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) (for Nigerian candidates) when they apply - visit the official website for country specific requirements.
  • You must not already hold, or be studying for, a Masters degree
  • You must be willing to make a formal commitment to return to your current employment following completion of the award
  • You must meet the general minimum eligibility criteria for Australia Awards Scholarships – refer to the Australia Awards Scholarships policy handbook.
Target groups
  • You are a national of an African country. See country list below
  • You are an early or mid-career professional working in the Public Sector, the Private Sector or a Non-Government Organisation (Civil Society) in one of the listed priority fields of study.
  • You wish to undertake a Masters degree in Australia in one of the listed priority fields of study. You cannot study a Masters of Business Administration.
  • You have a clear vision for how you will use the knowledge gained through the Masters degree to improve policy, practice or education in the proposed field of study.
  • Gender Equality: Australia Awards target equal participation by women and men. Applications from women are strongly encouraged, and mechanisms are in place to support women applicants and Awardees.
  • Disability Inclusion: Australia Awards aim to ensure that people with a disability are given fair and equal opportunity to compete for and obtain a scholarship. Applications from people with a disability are strongly encouraged. Mechanisms are in place to support applicants and Awardees requiring specific assistance.
Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries

Participating Institution(s)
All accredited institutions of higher learning in Africa and/or Australia

Fields of study
Masters level, Doctoral level and Short term professional training courses in various fields specific for different countries. Sectors of focus for AAA are agreed with each participating Partner Government. The country specific information for applicants’ home country will indicate what those priority sectors are (see 'country specific details' on official website via link below).

The award types and priority fields are listed out and explained below.

AWARD TYPES include:
  • Short Course Awards available for studies in a range of priority sectors including Agriculture, Maternal and Child Health, Mining Governance and Public Policy. Studies are conducted at locations in Africa and in Australia for periods up to 3 months.
  • Long-Term Awards are postgraduate scholarships that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university.
PRIORITY FIELDS (which varies by African country):
  • Agriculture/Food Security
  • Education
  • Health
  • Public Policy (including public sector management, public sector reform, trade, international diplomacy)
  • Environmental Management
  • Natural Resource Management (including mining related subjects)
  • Technical and Vocational Education & Training (available for Short Courses only)
  • Energy (including Natural Gas and Oil Technology)
  • Infrastructure
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Transport (including Ports, Roads and Airports Management)
Number of awards
Up to 1000 scholarships will be granted

Sponsorship duration
For the whole duration of the Masters degree study, PhD program or short course stay

Scholarship benefits
This is a FULL government-sponsored award - thus covers full financial support for the postgraduate programmes

Method of Application
You need to obtain complete country-specific information, eligibility criteria and application process for the different types of awards. You can get this by going to your 'country page' on the official website. When you visit the official country page OR the Africa country map; select your country of origin (if country page) OR hover over the Africa map (if Africa country map). Follow the country-specific details and instructions to apply. Eligible applicants for the new Postdoctoral Awards should apply here.

Applications from women and people with disability are strongly encouraged.

Applications will be accepted as from 1st September 2017. Applications are received over a 4 month period from September to December each year. The closing date for the 2018/19 Australia Awards Scholarships is 30 November 2017 for the Postdoctoral Courses; 15 December 2017 for Masters Courses and 15 January 2018 for the Short Courses.

Australia Awards, a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa, provide access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards Alumni are expected to contribute actively to development in their home countries.

Application Deadline: 15 January 2018
Open to International students: Yes (ONLY Africans)

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  1. Replies
    1. please i wanted to apply for this scholarship

    2. @moses you are free to apply if you meet the required eligibility. Deadline is 15 December 2016 for Scholarships and 15 January 2017 for Short Courses. Be sure to apply BEFORE these dates, after you have visited the official website for your own country instructions.

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