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Information for awards commencing in 2013                     Type and Level of Awards

Development Awards in Nepal                                   Australian Development Scholarships
                                                              These are long term development awards providing
                                                              Nepalis (including public servants) with the opportunity
Australia’s international development assistance in Nepal
                                                              to obtain tertiary qualifications at an Australian tertiary
aims to alleviate poverty and provide a peace dividend by
focusing on service delivery in health, education, water,
sanitation and hygiene and by providing jobs through
                                                              Australian Leadership Award Scholarships
micro-enterprise development. Most of Australia's
                                                              Up to 200 of the most outstanding Australian
assistance to Nepal is delivered through the Government
                                                              Development Scholarship applicants across the globe
of Nepal and in partnership with other donors and
                                                              will be offered an Australian Leadership Award in
multilateral organizations. Scholarships to study in
                                                              addition to their scholarship.
Australia are a key element of Australia’s support and
integral to the Australian Government’s development
                                                              These extra entitlements will include a Leadership for
cooperation across South Asia.
                                                              Development Program designed to enhance leadership
                                                              knowledge and skills. Recipients will be brought
Australian Development Scholarships are aligned with
                                                              together with other Australian Leadership Awardees for
Australia’s development assistance in Nepal, targeting
                                                              leadership training, development discussions and the
human resource gaps in agreed priority sectors. They aim
                                                              chance to build valuable networks.
to provide successful applicants with the skills and
knowledge to drive change and influence economic and
social development.                                           Selections will be based on the applicant’s professional
                                                              and personal qualities, academic competence and, most
AusAID offers Development Awards on the basis of merit,       importantly, their potential impact on development
transparency and equal access. We strongly encourage          challenges in their country or region.
applications from women, people with disability, and
people from traditionally marginalised groups.                Eligibility Criteria

Priority Sectors                                              Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements
                                                              detailed in the Scholarships Handbook, available at:
The priority areas of study for Australian Development
Awards in Nepal are: Health, Education, Livelihoods/Poverty
Alleviation, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Governance    Applicants must also meet the following specific eligibility
(Economics and Public Policy)                                 requirements for Nepal:

                                                              1. be a citizen of Nepal and residing in Nepal ;

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2. should have a minimum academic IELTS overall           Successful candidates will commence studies at an
   score of 6.5 or above (with no individual band less    Australian university in January 2013. Recipients of
   than 6.0) or an equivalent TOEFL paper-                scholarships are required to return to Nepal for at least
   based/internet based test score. However, all          two years after completing their studies.
   women applicants, people with disability and
   applicants from traditionally marginalised groups      Application dates for study commencing in
   should have a minimum academic IELTS overall
   score of 6.5 or above (with no individual band less
                                                          Australia in 2013
   than 5.0) or an equivalent TOEFL paper-based/
                                                          Opening date:           1 February 2012
   internet based test score. IELTS or TOEFL test must
                                                          Closing date:           30 April 2012
   have validity until 1 January 2013;
3. have a tertiary level qualification at least
                                                          Applications or supporting documents received after
   equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree (i.e.
   four years bachelor degree or three years bachelor     this date will not be considered.
   degree and a master degree);
4. have at least five years’ work experience relevant     The Application Process
   to a nominated field of study, except for women,
   people with disability and traditionally               Online applications
   marginalized groups who only require at least          To apply online please do so at:
   three years experience;                      

Special Conditions                                        Hardcopy applications
                                                          All applicants are encouraged to apply through Online
In addition, applicants must be minimum of 18 years       Australian Scholarship Information System (OASIS).
of age at the time of commencing the scholarship.         However, those who do not have access to internet may
Applicants from the public sector for Australian          collect application forms from South Asia Scholarships
Development Scholarships will require nomination by       Program (SASP) office.
the Ministry of Finance.
                                                          Supporting Documents
Applicants wishing to undertake a Masters by
Research or a PhD must undertake the initial
investigation to locate an appropriate supervisor.        In addition to the documents listed below, you must
Australian higher education institutions’ websites        also provide your Curriculum Vitae with your
identify their area of research strength.                 application to meet the specific requirements for Nepal:

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Curriculum Vitae template is available on                   The Selection Process
                                                            The selection process will include a technical
Documents required with your application                    assessment by education experts, a written task and an
                                                            interview with Australian Government personnel. The
The following documents must be uploaded with your          assessment will take into account academic
application. A number of them must also be certified by     performance, relevant experience, AusAID development
an authorized person in Nepal. If you are uncertain         priorities, gender and social inclusion.
about the required documents, or whether they need to
be certified, or who is authorised to certify your          Further Information
documents, contact the SASP team.
                                                            Further information about the Australian Agency for
       Birth certificate/ Passport /National ID/Driving    International Development (AusAID) and the various
        license                                             Australian tertiary institutions and courses can be found at:
       Tertiary degree certificates (four years bachelor
        or three years bachelor plus a masters degree)
       Academic grades                                     More general information about the Australia Awards,
       IELTS or TOEFL certificates                         studying in Australia and the Australian Agency for
       Certificate of special achievements or merit        International Development can be found at
       Three referee reports (two academic and one
       Evidence of communication with proposed   
        Institute for Phd and Masters by Research
       Research proposal for Master by Research or         Contact Details
       Nomination letter from the Ministry of Finance      South Asia Scholarships Program (SASP)
        for public servants (who want to apply from         GPO Box – 8974, EPC – 211
        the public sector for the Australian
                                                            Panipokhari, Chhetrabikram Marg, Maharajgunj
        Development Scholarships)
                                                            Kathmandu - Nepal
       Employment Letter (if employed)
                                                            T (+977) 1 4002614
       Police clearance certificate (after selection)

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