Sunday, March 6, 2011

Pakistan Australian Development Scholarships


The Australian Development Scholarships program is part of the Australia Awards initiative announced by the Australian Prime Minister in November 2009. The Australia Awards have been established to maximise the benefit to Australia of its extensive scholarship programs, and to support enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours.

The Australia Awards will bring together the international development awards administered by AusAID and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations’ Endeavour Awards under a single recognisable brand.

Australian Development Scholarships is the principal mechanism by which Australia provides scholarship assistance for individuals from developing countries to undertake studies at Australian education institutions.

In Pakistan, the program aims to improve sustainable, pro-poor service delivery and governance. It has been redesigned in consultation with the Government of Pakistan to increasingly align its objectives with Pakistan’s development priorities. Future awards will focus in particular on the following priority sectors:

-maternal, neonatal and child health services
-basic education services
-rural development and food security

The program also targets public sector reform and improved standards of governance in both public and private sectors.

The aim is to improve technical and leadership capacity of men and women working in federal and provincial governments, non-profit civil society, and the private sector.

Priority will be given to applicants from Baluchistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), formerly the Northwest Frontier Province.

General Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all of the ADS’s general eligibility criteria. These include:

be Pakistani citizens (dual nationals are not eligible);
be currently residing in Pakistan;

not have applied for permanent residency in Australia or New Zealand;
not be married or engaged to a person who is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence;

satisfy Australian Government requirements for international student visas for entry to Australia (heath, character etc.);

be able to clear a Police Security Clearance conducted by a third party on behalf of AusAID;

not hold another scholarship;

not have held a foreign scholarship in the 24 months preceding the application (24 months are calculated from the date of arrival back in Pakistan to the closing date for applications);

be applying to commence a new course of study and not be seeking support for a course already commenced in Australia (on-going study programs will not be supported);

be able to take up the scholarship in the year for which it is offered;
have outlined a case that is clear about their objectives and motivation to make a contribution to development in Pakistan;

be not more than 45 years of age at the time of application.
have completed 16 years of education;

be able to meet the profile specific eligibility criteria under which they are applying (see the four profiles on the ADS website or the attached inserts);
be applying for a Masters level course;

be applying for courses that fall within the priority sectors identified on the ADS website given below;

satisfy the admission requirements of the Australian tertiary institution and the course to be undertaken;

have a relevant academic background to proposed study in Australia;
be able to demonstrate the ability to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements for the Scholarship;

at the time of application candidates applying under Profile 4 must have a current IELTS score of 7 with no band less than 6;

candidates applying under Profile 1, 2 & 3 do not need to provide a current IELTS score at the time of application; however, candidates successful in preliminary screening with no current IELTS score, will be required to take an IELTS test on short notice (an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 is required for eligibility); and

have at least 2 years work experience in the field in which they are applying (5 years experience is required for applicants falling under profile 2).

English Language Test

All applicants must undertake an English language test (IELTS). The result of the IELTS test will be forwarded to the university during the placement process. Your level of English must be equivalent to an average IELTS level of 6.5 with no band less than 6. Applicants under Scholar Profile 4 have to submit an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.
AusAID will also facilitate IELTS testing for awardees (Profile 1,2 & 3), who have clearly demonstrated their ability to reach an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 during the application and interview process.

Once you achieve the English Language score of 6.5 with no band less than 6, you will still need to meet English language requirements for entry into the proposed university; and obtain a visa from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, (international applicants only).

ADS are offered for the period required 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

Return air travel - payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route.

Reunion airfare

A reunion airfare entitlement is the reunion travel for Students who have no family members accompanying them to Australia. Applicable for awardees as per the guidelines stipulated in ADS Handbook.


Visa process facilitation for awardees and their families. Also contribution to initial visa expenses.

Establishment allowance

A once only payment as a contribution towards expenses such as rental bonds, text books, study materials, additional medical insurance, home contents insurance, excess baggage etc.

Living allowance

Contribution to living expenses - a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by AusAID.

Tuitition fees

Full tuition fees.

Introductory Academic Program

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

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only) - provided to cover the student's basic medical costs.

English Training

Pre-course English (PCE) fees - if deemed necessary by the institution.

Tutorial Assistance

Supplementary Academic Support (Tutorial Assistance) - may be available when essential to improve the student's performance to ensure their academic success.

Overseas fieldwork

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.

How to Apply

Each applicant has to submit three original sets of the Application Form and one Self Assessment form along with the required documents presented neatly and professionally on A4 paper, vertically secured together in the following order:

-beginning with the self assessment form;
-three passport sized photos;
-application form;
-attested copy of IELTS score sheet (if available for profile 1,2 & 3, but mandatory for profile 4 applicants). A test result obtained anytime after January 2010 will be considered current;
-attested copies of academic qualifications (both sides of all degrees and all transcripts should be copied);
-attested copies of Employment letters specifying years of service and job description (for all years of employment NOT employment contract);
-attested copy of passport and/or attested copy of National Identity Card; and
all Master applicants whose study program will include at least 50 percent research MUST attach an outline of the proposed research project (up to 1,000 words) to each application form.

Please note that all photocopied documents sent to the ADS office should be attested by a First Class Government Gazetted officer or any person of an equal status. Candidates should also ensure that the “Employer and Nominating Authority statement” on page 13 and 14 of the application form is fully completed.

Please clearly mark the envelope with the scheme under which you are applying (ADS). Only successful applicants will be advised of the outcome of the selection process. All decisions of AusAID are final.

For further information please send your queries to No calls or correspondence will be accepted regarding the status of applications.

Completed application forms are to be submitted by 8 April 2011 at the address given below:

The ADS office
Serena Business Complex: Level 4, No. 17, Sector G-5/1, Ramna 5, Khayaban-e-Suhrawardy,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone: +92 51 260 0186 - 9
Fax: +92 51 260 0191

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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