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Applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship

Australia Awards Scholarships in Nepal International Relations (for Government of Nepal

applicants only)
Australia’s international development assistance in Nepal
aims to alleviate poverty and support human development Water Resource Management (for Master’s level only) -
with a focus on education and by providing jobs through any Water Resource Management-related fields -
micro-entrepreneurship development. Most of Australia's particularly related to regional or river-basin scale water
assistance to Nepal is delivered through the Government of resource management issues
Nepal and in partnership with other donors and multilateral Applicants must research for two preferred courses,
organisations. Scholarships to study in Australia are a key including information provided on institution websites, and
element of Australia’s support and integral to the Australian ensure that they meet the institution’s English language &
Government’s development cooperation across South Asia. other course related requirements.
Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international Further details about priority sectors and course selections
awards offered by the Australian Government to the next are available at: www.australiaawardsnepal.org
generation of global leaders for development. Through study
and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to Level of study
drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links
Australia Awards Scholarships
with Australia.
These Scholarships provide citizens of Nepal with the
Applicants will be assessed for their professional and
opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification (Master’s
personal qualities, academic competence and, most
or PhD) at an Australian tertiary institution. Scholarships in
importantly, their potential to impact on development
the Water Resource Management priority area are available
challenges in Nepal.
at Master’s level only.
Applications are strongly encouraged from eligible women
(half of the awards are offered to women), people with Australia Awards Benefits
disability and people from traditionally marginalised groups
Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum
and remote regions of Nepal.
period necessary for the individual to complete the
academic program specified by the Australian education
Priority fields of study
institution, including any preparatory training.
The priority areas of study for Nepal are: Scholarship recipients will generally receive the following:
• return air travel;
• a one off establishment allowance on arrival;

Health • full tuition fees;

• contribution to living expenses;
Economics and Livelihood Development • introductory academic program;
• Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of
Governance (for Government of Nepal applicants only) the Scholarship;
• supplementary academic support; and
Gender, Inclusion & Disability • fieldwork allowance - for research students and
masters by course work which has a compulsory
fieldwork component.

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Eligibility criteria For PhD applicants
Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility
 A Master’s degree in the proposed field of
requirements detailed in the Scholarships Policy
study; and
Handbook, available at:
http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/scholar-  A minimum of five year’s relevant work
handbook.aspx experience (with at least two years of relevant
work experience after a Master’s degree).
In addition to these basic eligibility requirements, candidates
from Nepal must also meet the following country specific Special conditions
Applicants must also meet the following country specific
English language: conditions:
 English language support funded by the Australian
 applicants from the public sector who are
Government may be available to a few selected nominated by the Government of Nepal must
eligible women, members of traditionally have their nominations submitted to the
marginalised groups, nominated public servants and Australian Embassy in Kathmandu by the
people with a disability who do not have an overall Nepalese Ministry of Finance.
IELTS test score of 6.5 and individual band scores
of at least 6.0 at the time of recommendation for  applicants wishing to study a Masters by
award. Research or a PhD must identify a
 all applicants require an IELTS (academic) supervisor.
score average of 6.5 or above (with no
individual band less than 6.0) or a TOEFL  recipients of scholarships are required to
paper-based test score of at least 580, with a return to Nepal for at least two years after
minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English, or completing their studies.
an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 92,
with a minimum of 21 in all subtests, or a  awards for 2016 must be taken in that year,
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE they cannot be transferred to a future year.
Academic) overall score of 58, with no
communicative skill score less than 50. Scores  specific requirements of academic institutions
in each proposed course (including English
must be valid at 1 January 2016.
language proficiency, grade point average,
and relevant academic experience like
 applications from women, people with
mathematics or statistics).
disabilities, members of traditionally
marginalised groups and nominated public Application dates (for study commencing in Australia in
servants will be considered for eligibility with 2016)
an IELTS (academic) overall score of 6 or
above (with no individual band less than 5.0) Opening date: 1 February 2015
or an equivalent TOEFL paper-based/internet
Closing date: 30 April 2015
based or PTE test score. However, if they are
offered Australia Awards, they must meet the Applications or supporting documents received after this
English language requirement of their courses. date will not be considered.

Qualifications/Work Experience The application process

Online applications
For Master’s applicants:
Apply online at: https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au
 four year’s bachelor’s degree with three
We strongly advise applicants to apply online and to do so
year’s relevant experiences earned in a full-
time role after the bachelor’s degree; or well before the closing date. The online application facility
(OASIS) experiences peak usage in the days leading up to
the closing date and applicants may experience delays.
 three year’s bachelor’s degree with at least a
one year master’s degree with three year’s Hardcopy applications
relevant experiences earned in a full-time role
after the bachelor’s degree; or If it is not possible to lodge an application online,
contact the Australia Awards office in Kathmandu for
assistance. This needs to be done well before the
 two year’s bachelor degree with at least a two
application closing date.
year’s master degree with four year’s relevant
experiences earned in a full-time role after the
bachelor’s degree.

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Supporting documents for nominated public
Applicants must submit with their application all of the servants (applying from
relevant supporting documents listed in the Scholarships the public sector)
Policy Handbook.
Police or security Other No
Applicants must also provide the following documents to clearance certificate (if document
meet the specific requirements for Nepal. nominated for an Award)
Documents requiring certification are specified in the table Research proposal and Other No
below. If the document is not in English, the translated copy evidence of document
must be certified. See the Scholarships Policy Handbook for communication with
certification requirements. potential supervisor
providing in-principle
OASIS Notorise
Document type support for research
type d
proposal applicants
selecting PhD and
Passport and citizenship Proof of Yes Masters by research
certificate citizenship courses

Degree certificates Degree Yes

including School Leaving certificate Notes:
Certificate (SLC) or  Referee reports in different formats cannot be
equivalent accepted and may make applications ineligible.
Contact the Australia Awards Office in Kathmandu
Academic transcripts Academic Yes to clarify reference requirements.
specifying divisions/ transcript
grades from SLC  Research applicants shortlisted for a selection
onwards interview must submit a well-developed research
proposal by the date of the interview. The template
IELTS, TOEFL or PTE Proof of Yes is available at:
certificates (valid at 1 English www.australiaawards.gov.au/nepal.
January 2016) language  Experience shows that it takes time for supervisors
proficiency to complete referee reports. Approach supervisors
as soon as possible to obtain up-to-date referee
Certificate of special Other No reports. If a referee report is not in English, a
achievements or merit document translation is required. References should come
from employers, senior colleagues or academics
Three referee reports (two Referee No familiar with the applicant’s academic, professional
academic and one report skills and achievements. Referee reports from
professional), using the family members or spouses are not acceptable.
template available at:
http://aid.dfat.gov.au/aust The selection process
Following eligibility checking against the published eligibility
criteria, applications will be assessed independently and
then shortlisted. The selection process will also include an
interview and a written exercise using a computer.
MS Word version:
http://aid.dfat.gov.au/au Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:
stralia-  Academic competence.
ree.doc  Potential outcome, including contribution to
development outcomes in Nepal.
Curriculum Vitae (in the Other No
 Professional and personal leadership attributes.
template available at: document
http://australiaawardss Applications will be assessed independently for academic
outhasia.org/docs/NP_ qualifications, work-experience, English language
Template_for_CV.docx) proficiency, commitment to development and social
Employment Letter (if Other No
Applicants will be short-listed by the Australian Embassy
employed) document
Kathmandu and interviewed by a panel comprising of
Nomination letter from Other No representatives of the Australian Government, the
the Ministry of Finance document Government of Nepal and an independent expert.

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Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Preparatory training or test

 All successful applicants will be required to attend
a visa and mobilisation session and a pre-
departure briefing
 Applicants may be required to complete the
following preparatory training and or testing:
 IELTS-International English Language
Testing System to assess English
language competence
 English language support program.
All applicants will receive notification as to whether they
have been successful by the end of September 2015.

Further information

Further information about the Australia Awards can be

found at:


Information about visas and Australia Awards

Scholarship entitlements and conditions can be found in
the Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at:


More general information about the Australia Awards and

studying in Australia can be found at:




Contact Details

Australia Awards Office Nepal

Panipokhari, Chhetrabikram Marg,
Maharajgunj, Kathmandu - Nepal
T (+977) 1 4002614
Email: inquiries@australiaawardsnepal.org

Nepal: Information about Australia Awards Scholarships