Australian scholarship for pakistani students
Australia Awards Scholarships aim to:
These Scholarships provide citizens of Pakistan with the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification at an Australian tertiary institution
The Australian Government will offer awards for Masters-level study in the January 2015 intake under the following categories:
All applicants (Public, NGO, and Private) will go through a competitive selection process. 50% of the awards are reserved for females. 5% of the awards are reserved for people who have a disability or work for people with a disability. High priority will be given to those who have not had the opportunity to study/live overseas or directly/indirectly benefit from the Australia Awards program.
Enhancing the lives of people with disability is a priority for Australia’s aid program.The Australian Government aims to ensure that people living with disability are included in, and benefit equally from, Australia’s development assistance. It focuses on improving the quality of life for people with disability, reducing preventable impairment and promoting effective leadership on disability and development issues. The primary outcome is to support people living with disability to improve the quality of their lives by promoting and improving access to the same opportunities for participation, contribution, decision making, and social and economic well-being.
The Australian Government believes that aid will only be effective if opportunities are available to everyone, including people living with disability. Supporting the participation of people with disability in economic, social and political life helps reduce poverty and increase economic growth and democratic governance.
The Australian aid program’s approach to disability-inclusive development applies to the Australia Awards in Pakistan. The Australia Awards program aims to strengthen Pakistan’s human resource capacities by providing Masters-level scholarships in areas aligned with Pakistan’s development priorities. These include:
It is a pre-condition of accepting an Australia Awards Scholarships that awardees return to their home country to take up a position that utilises their study for a minimum period of two years.
Eligibility criteria include but are not limited to:
i) A current IELTS score is not a requirement for application; however candidates shortlisted after preliminary screening and having no current IELTS score; will be required to take IELTS test and acquire 6.5 with no band less than 6. Shortlisted applicants are encouraged to start preparing for the IELTS test on receipt of an interview call letter or email, and
ii) A paper-based TOEFL overall 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.
Applicants must also meet the following country specific conditions:
Note: Provision of false or falsified documents at any stage of the scholarship cycle will render the applicant ineligible or be grounds for scholarship offer withdrawal.
Both online and hard copy applications are accepted.
Opening date: 1 February 2015
Closing date: 20 March 2015
The Application Process
Online application process
Apply online at: https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au
We strongly advise applicants to apply online and well before the closing date i.e 20 March 2015. The online application facility (OASIS) experiences peak usage in the days leading up to the closing date and applicants applying close to the closing dates may experience delays due to heavy usage of the OASIS website.
Hardcopy application process
Please submit the application form along with Country requirements sheet and all the supporting documents to the address provided below, by close of business, 20 March 2015.
Along with their application, applicants must submit one copy of each relevant supporting document listed in the Scholarships Policy Handbook.
In addition, applicants must provide the following documents to meet the specific requirements for Pakistan:
|Mandatory Supporting Documents||Type|
|Country Requirements Sheet (schedule 1 attached and available click here to download)||Original|
|Proof of citizenship i.e. national identity card/ birth certificate/passport if available||Attested copy|
||Original photograph with full name written at the back for hard copy applications, student cards/driver’s licence/passport for online applications|
|Tertiary degree certificates (Bachelors and Masters level) – both sides of all degrees should be copied||Attested copy|
|Academic transcripts (where they are not in English please provide an English translation) – both sides of all transcripts should be copied||Attested copy|
|IELTS or TOEFL results
(Not mandatory at the time of application submission) – a test result obtained any time after January 2014 will be considered current
|Academic Referee Reports (two reports for Masters by Research applicants; one for Masters by Coursework applicants) Download Template||Original|
|Employment Referee report (same template as above)||Original|
|Employment letters specifying years of service and job description (for years of employment not employment contract)||Attested copy|
|Proposed research project (up to 1,000 words) and an evidence (a letter or email) of an in-principle agreement from a research supervisor at their chosen university in Australia (only applies to Masters by research degree applicants whose study program includes at least 50 precent research)||Original|
|NOC for public sector applicants||Attested copy|
Please note that all photocopied documents sent to the Australia Awards office in Pakistan should be attested by a First Class Government gazetted officer or any person of an equal status.
For hard copy application please clearly mark the envelope with Australia Awards Scholarships. Only successful applicants will be advised of the outcome of the selection process. All decisions of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) are final.
Applicants’ feedback helps us to improve services and is a continuous part of our improvement process. Please provide your feedback firstname.lastname@example.org. Your feedback will be kept confidential.
No calls or correspondence will be accepted regarding the status of applications.
Following eligibility checking, applications will be shortlisted. The selection process will also include an interview. Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:
All successful applicants will be required to attend a pre-departure briefing in Pakistan and Introductory Academic Program in Australia at the beginning of the course.
You may be required to complete the following preparatory training and or testing:
All applicants will receive notification as to whether they have been successful by August 2015.
Australia Awards office in Pakistan
Level 4, Serena Business Complex
Sector: G-5/1, Khayaban-e-Suharwardi
Tel: +92 51 260 0186 – 9
Fax: +92 51 260 0191
Applications from people living with a disability or people working in the disability sector are strongly encouraged.
The Australian aid program strives to ensure accessibility for people with disability throughout the scholarship process. Reasonable support (academic and non-academic) is provided to recipients living with disability based on a ‘needs’ assessment to allow them to participate on an equal basis with other award recipients. Academic support may comprise adjustments to support academic endeavours such as access to and training in the use of assistive technology and/or additional academic assistance. Non-academic support may comprise full-time or part-time carers and equipment such as wheelchairs or specialised computer hardware/software. Australian institutions are very experienced in providing disability support.
Applicants with a disability are encouraged to notify the Australia Awards office of all disabilities and pre-existing medical conditions as early as possible, preferably when applying for an Australia Award. Early and full notification of a disability will not negatively affect the assessment of an applicant’s eligibility or placement and will enable the Australia Awards office to provide appropriate support throughout the application and placement process.
Australia Awards Pakistan office
Level 4, Serena Business Complex,
Khayaban-e-Suharwardy, Sector G-5/1, Islamabad.
Telephone: +92 51 2600186-9
Fax: +92 51 2600191