1. What are Australia Awards (Development Awards)?
Australia Awards (Development Awards) are one type of education award offered by the Australian Government. Australia Awards (Development Awards) provides an opportunity for talented individuals to obtain TAFE, Undergraduate, Masters and PhD qualifications in Australia in priority areas for Laos-Australia development cooperation and the broader bilateral relationship. In this way, Australia Awards aims to contribute to the long-term development needs of Laos to promote education, trade and investment, rural development and natural resource management and to enhance links between people and institutions in both countries. For more information, CLICK HERE.
2. What are the eligibility criteria for Australia Awards?
• The eligibility criteria includes the following: o select a level and field of study appropriate to your qualifications, expertise and experience; o have a related degree and relevant work experience (3 years) if you intend to apply for Masters degree; o Lao citizenship (resident in Lao PDR for past 3 years); o over 18 years old but no older than 50 years; o have English skills appropriate to your proposed level of study (refer to information pack for details). • For more information on eligibility criteria, please refer to the eligibility criteria in the information pack or visit the website at www.lao-australianscholarships.com
3. Who can apply for Australia Awards?
• AusAID is looking for highly skilled, strongly motivated and well qualified people who: o are committed to contributing to Laos future development; o can demonstrate how study in Australia can support them in this objective; and o will build and enhance links between the people and institutions of Laos and Australia.
4. Do I have to be living in Laos to apply for Australia Awards?
Yes, you must be a Laos citizen and have been living in Laos for three years at the time of application.
5. What is the Open Category?
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 Laos after the completion of their award to contribute to the development of the identified priority sector in Laos.
6. What is the Public Category?
Applicants are public sector employees who are nominated by their government for an Australia Award. Public category applicants are required to return to their role in the public service at the completion of their award in order to strengthen public service capacity in their home country for at least two years.
7. What are 'priority areas' for study?
• Australia Award applicants must demonstrate the contribution their study will make within key focus areas of Australian's development cooperation program in Laos. The key focus areas are: • Education • Trade and Investment • Rural Development • Natural Resource Management
8. How can I obtain more information about applying for Australia Awards?
Visit the Laos ADS website www.lao-australianscholarships.com; or attend one of the Australia Awards Information Sessions which are held in regional centres each year: Vientiane College, Monday 20 February, 2012, 3.00pm Luang Prabang Teacher Training College, Wednesday 22 February, 2012, 3.00pm Khammouane Provincial Education Services, Friday 24 February, 2012, 3.00pm
9. What documents do I have to include with my application?
• one copy of application form (in English) • one full set of supporting documentation FA If your official diploma, degree or academic transcript is in Lao language you must have them translated into English. Please attach the Lao version of all documents that have been translated. Note: applications with insufficient information will not be considered.
10. How will my application be assessed?
There are several steps in the assessment and selection process. The diagram below describes each of the steps:
11. When is the deadline for submission of applications?
Applications (including those posted) must be received no later than the close of business - 17:00 – Monday 30 April 2012. No late applications will be accepted, there will be no exceptions.
12. I want to study a Research Masters or PhD. How do I find a supervisor to get the letter of support?
• Even though you do not need an unconditional offer from an Australian University, you need to demonstrate that you have given your thesis topic some consideration. Once you have completed the Research Proposal Template you need to liaise with an Australian institution and identify a supervisor who is prepared to support your PhD. • For applicants who have studied in Australia your first point of contact could be with the institution where you previously studied. Contact the Dean of the Faculty where you studied and send him/her the completed Masters or PhD Letter to Institution and a copy of the completed Research Proposal Template. • If you have not studied in Australia before you should review the institutions in Australia (there is a list on the Scholarships website). Find an institution that supports the area of study you are interested in and contact the Dean of the Faculty. You will need to send the completed Australian Leadership Award PhD Letter to Institution and a copy of the completed Proposal Template for Masters and PhD by Research Applicants to the Dean for consideration.
13. Who can I get to review my research proposal before I send it to my supervisor?
Contact the Scholarships Office (021 414873) to make an appointment. The review of a research proposal may take some time. You will need to bring your outline, academic transcripts, CV and any other background information you think may be relevant with you to the appointment.
14. How can I prepare for the IELTS Test?
If you wish to practice for the IELTS test, please refer to the practice IELTS links here. • www.ielts.org • www.ielts-exam.net • www.canadavisa.com/ielts • www.testpreppractice.net • www.ielts4u.net
15. Is there an example of a completed application form available?
Yes. You can view a sample of a completed application form here
16. Is there an association or group I can join after I return from study in Australia to keep in touch with other graduates from Australia Awards?
Yes. We strongly encourage graduates to register as an Alumni with the Scholarships Office, located on the ground floor at Vientiane College, on return from Australia. The Alumni program offers regular events (for networking and socialising), a newsletter (sharing information and experiences) and the opportunity to be actively involved in the Australia Awards program through participation in the pre-departure training and other promotional activities should you wish to participate.