Australian Development Scholarships (ADS)
Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) are a bilateral program within the Australian scholarships program.
Australian Development Scholarships are a highly valued form of development cooperation that aims to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia's partner countries to promote growth and stability. They provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study in Australia.
Fields of study are targeted to address agreed priority human resource and development needs of recipient countries, in line with Australia's bilateral aid program.
Australian Development Scholarships equip scholars with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence the development outcomes of their own country through obtaining tertiary qualifications at participating Australian higher education institutions and technical colleges.
Scholarship holders are required to return to their country of citizenship for two years after they have completed their studies to contribute to the development of their country.
Up to 1000 Australian Development Scholarships are awarded each year across 31 countries with scholarships awarded equally between men and women.
What can students study?
Australian Development Scholarships are available for full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study, from Certificate level to PhD at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.
The number of scholarships and fields of study are determined annually by each ADS participating country and in accordance with the Australian Government's bilateral development assistance program. Some countries may limit the level of study (technical, undergraduate or postgraduate) and give priority to certain fields of study to better meet development needs and Australia's specific aid objectives for each country.
Country specific information is available from the relevant Australian Diplomatic Mission.
Categories of Australian Development Scholarships
There are two categories of Australian Development Scholarships.
Public Sector Scholarship
Applicants are public sector employees who are nominated by their governments for an Australian Development Scholarship award through a competitive selection process. Applicants are required to return to their role in the public service at the completion of their award to strengthen public service capacity in their home country.
Applicants do not need to be nominated by their government or employer. Anyone who meets the selection criteria may apply under this category. Applicants are required to return to their country of citizenship after the completion of their award to contribute to the development of the identified priority sector in their country.
Australian Development Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education Institution, including any preparatory training. The following benefits generally apply:
• return air travel—payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route
• contribution to initial visa expenses
• establishment allowance—a once only payment of A$5,000 as a contribution towards expenses such as rental bonds, text books, study materials, additional medical insurance, home contents insurance, excess baggage etc
• full tuition fees
• Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) – a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by AusAID
• 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
• 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 (Tutorial Assistance)—may be available when essential to improve the student's performance to ensure their academic success
• 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
• be a citizen of an ADS participating country
• not hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident status
• not married to, a de facto of, or engaged to, a person who holds or is eligible to hold an Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident status
• not hold or have held an Australian government funded scholarship in the preceding 12 months at the time of application
• satisfy any specific criteria established by the applicant's country and/or government of citizenship
• satisfy the admission requirements of the Institution at which the ADS is to be undertaken
• satisfy all requirements of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Students are only eligible for ADS if they are a citizen of one of the countries listed below. Enquiries about ADS should be made with the Australian Diplomatic Mission in the student’s country of citizenship.
Eligible countries are:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Cambodia, China, Fiji, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Malawi, Maldives, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, New Caledonia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Fortuna, Zambia
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