Sunday, March 6, 2011

Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) for African Countries


Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) 2012 in Africa provide opportunities for people from selected countries to undertake Post-graduate diploma or Masters degree programs in Australia. This program does not currently include undergraduate or doctorate studies. Through scholarships, AusAID seeks to develop the capacity and leadership skills of awardees so that they can contribute to development in their home country and to build people to people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels. Award programs include Australian Development Scholarships and Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships.

Scholarships provided through the Australia Awards program play an important role in fostering and sustaining friendship and cooperation between Australia and developing countries. These awards are a central part of the Australian Government's development cooperation program in Africa. By providing people with the knowledge and the skills to promote development in their home country, the program aims to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Africa while promoting Australia as an active partner in African development.

Target Countries

Candidates from the following countries are eligible to apply for ADS Scholarships:

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Cape Verde, Comoros, Congo(Republic of), Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia

Participating Institutions

Australian Capital Territory
The Australian National University
Australian Catholic University
University of Canberra

Western Australia
Curtin University of Technology
Edith Cowan University
University of Notre Dame Australia
Murdoch University
University of Western Australia

Northern Territory
Charles Darwin University

South Australia
Flinders University
University of Adelaide
University College London
University of South Australia
Carnegie Mellon University

James Cook University
Griffith University
Queensland University of Technology
The University of Queensland
University of Southern Queensland
Bond University
Central Queensland University
University of the Sunshine Coast

New South Wales
Australian Catholic University
Southern Cross University
The University of Newcastle
The University of New South Wales
The University of Sydney
The University of Technology
Charles Stuart University
Macquarie University
University of New England
University of Western Sydney
University of Wollongong

La Trobe University
Monash University
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Swinburne University of Technology
The University of Melbourne
Victoria University of Technology
Deakin University
University of Ballarat
Chisholm Institute

University of Tasmania
Tasmanian Polytechnic

Eligibility Criteria

You are only eligible for an Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) if:

you are a citizen of one of the participating African countries, if you are presently resident in your home country and if you meet any relevant country specific criteria set out below;

you are not older than 50 years of age at the date of application;

you satisfy Australian Government requirements for international student entry to Australia (such as health and character required by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship);

you do not hold another scholarship that would give overlapping benefits;

you satisfy the admission requirements of the Australian institution in which the course is to be undertaken - applicants must have submitted their completed application form via the ADS Africa office and then have received a firm offer of placement in their course of study before the scholarship can be confirmed;

you are applying to commence a new course of study and are not seeking support through ADS for a course already commenced in Australia;

you are not transferring from another Australian training scholarship to an ADS during the same course of study, and

you will be able to take up the scholarship in the calendar year for which the scholarship is offered. Scholarship offers are automatically withdrawn if an applicant has not commenced study prior to the end of the year.


Scholarship entitlements include: a contribution to living expenses (CLE), tuition fees, airfares, establishment allowance, health cover and some overseas fieldwork travel costs.

Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE)

Students are responsible for all their own expenses in Australia including the expenses of any family members. A CLE is paid to Students as a contribution to assist in meeting every day living costs such as accommodation, food, entertainment, etc. The CLE rate for Students commencing 2009 is $25,000 per annum. The CLE is paid fortnightly, in arrears, to all eligible Students for the full period of their ADS. The Institution will pay the fortnightly CLE into the bank account nominated by the Student within five days of their arrival in Australia. The Institution will assist Students upon arrival to open a bank account. The CLE commences on the Student’s date of arrival in Australia and ceases five days after the Student completes their award. For coursework Students this is up to five days after examination results are released. For research Students this is up to five days after the submission of their thesis.
Tuition Fees

The scholarship covers the student’s academic fees and any compulsory fees. This payment is made directly by AusAID to the institution.


The scholarships provide a return economy class air fare for the student from the home country to Australia. Fares are provided for the most direct route only and only for the student, not the family.

How to apply

The application process for Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) under the Australia Awards program in Africa has five major stages:

Advertising and Submission of Preliminary Application Forms (PAFs). ADS are advertised either in the national press or through the relevant Nominating Authority which requests targeted government departments and organisations to nominate candidates. Adverts and notifications include details of the EOI and supporting documents which must be submitted by prospective candidates. EOIs must be submitted to the address supplied in the relevant country webpages on this website and in any relevant advert.

Paper Selection. The paper selection stage examines the EOIs received and compares them to the eligibility criteria (click here to see an example of the eligibility criteria for Public Category scholarships). Applications are categorised as Compliant or Non-Compliant. The Compliant applications are considered by an independent selection panel appointed by the Australian Government, and a shortlist of approximately three candidates per award is drawn up. Where necessary, applicants may be required to sit an English language exam (e.g. the IELTS).

Selection Interviews. The shortlisted candidates then attend a face-to-face interview by an independent selection panel appointed by the Australian Government. After these interviews, a final list of successful (Priority) and Reserve candidates is drawn up and candidates are advised of the outcome. Priority candidates are those selected for immediate processing of an ADS. Reserve candidates are held in case any Priority candidates cannot take up their ADS. Priority candidates who do not have an IELTS of 6.5 will be offered a three-month English language training award. Succesful completion of this award and achievement of 6.5 in the IELTS is required before an ADS is offered.

ADS / University Application Process. Once candidates are informed that they are Priority or Reserve candidates, they begin researching their universities and courses and filling in their full ADS Application forms. For the ADS/University Application, candidates must:

-complete three identical application forms – AusAID retains one and the other two are sent to the selected universities;

-include with each application a passport-size photo of the applicant (photos should not be permanently affixed to the applications);

-indicate the level and field of study required;

-attach to each application form an original or certified copy of each document necessary to substantiate their educational qualifications;

-attach to each application form reports from three referees, of which two must be by academic supervisors and one from their employer;

-ensure Section 11 of the application form has been signed and stamped by their employer and the Nominating Authority; and

-ensure all the relevant documents listed on the final page of the application form have been included.

Visa Application Process. The visa application process begins at the same time as the ADS / University application process. Priority and Reserve candidates will receive a briefing from a GRM-ADS staff member on filling in the visa form, as well as an explanation of the supporting documents required. For the visa application, awardees must submit:

-a completed visa form 157A, with a passport valid for more than six months after the end of the proposed scholarship (i.e. the passport must be valid for the full life of the scholarship plus six months), and 6 passport photos (please note that these photographs are additional to the photographs required by the ADS/University application process);

-a signed Contract between AusAID and the awardee (this is usually available only around September or October);

-certified copies of qualifications (and translations where these are not in English) and a CV;

-proof of medical examination conducted by a Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)-registered Panel Doctor, complete with HIV test;

-certified copies of the awardee’s birth certificate (or original affidavit of birth); the spouse’s birth certificate; children’s birth certificates; marriage certificate or evidence of defacto relationship; and in the case of divorce or the death of a partner, a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate;
consent letters from the other parent if a child or children will be travelling with only one parent, or a court order granting the travelling parent full legal responsibility for the child/ren;

-evidence of sufficient funds to support dependant family members, regardless of whether they are accompanying the awardee or remaining in the home country.

Contact Details

Postal Address :

Att: ADS Program Manager
Private Bag X38
South Africa
Physical / Couriering Address:
2nd Floor,
Hatfield Plaza South Tower,
1122 Burnett Street,
South Africa.
+27 (0) 12 362 4360
+27 (0) 86 602 3719

Official website:

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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