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Applications open on 1 April, closing on 30 June 2011, for study in 2012.

Endeavour Awards

The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based
scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe
and Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are
also available for Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad.

Guidelines for these awards are available here:
http://www.deewr.gov.au/International/EndeavourAwards/Documents/ApplicantGuidelines.pdf (and will be
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updated on 1 April 2011).

Applications are made online by the individual and require proof of confirmation of admission and/or
confirmation of nomination, proof of English language proficiency, evidence of academic achievement
and transcripts, referee reports, CV, employment record and proof of citizenship. Please refer to the
guidelines for each individual award type.

         a. Endeavour Postgraduate Awards

The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards provide financial support for international students to undertake
a postgraduate qualification at a Master’s or PhD level either by coursework or research. Two
years Master’s (up to $118,500) or 4 years PhD (up to $228,500), with health and travel insurance
provided.

Travel Allowance:                      $4,500
Establishment Allowance:               $4,000
Monthly stipend:                       $2,500 per month (up to 4 years, pro-rata)
Tuition Fees per semester:             $12,500 per semester (up to 4 years)

Tuition fees are paid to a maximum of $50,000 for Master’s and $100,000 for PhDs. Please note that
the student will often pay a “gap” in tuition fees each year, given that our fees are often in excess of
$25,000 per year (http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/publications/pg/USyd_PG_prospectus.pdf) .

The top 20 incoming PhD recipients of Endeavour Postgraduate Awards will be awarded the Prime
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Minister’s Australia Asia Postgraduate Awards . This is the award of an additional $35,000 on top of
funding for the Endeavour Postgraduate Award. Successful candidates will be encouraged to
undertake a work placement or internship at the end of their study, for up to 12 months (minimum of
two months).

The University of Sydney will rank and nominate up to five undergraduate and five postgraduate
students against the Award selection and eligibility criteria for outgoing awards (ie: Australians
studying abroad). There are two stages to these Awards. Stage one of the Award is the study
component for up to 12 months (one semester or 6 months minimum). Stage two of the Award is an
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internship component for up to 12 months (two months minimum). The internal closing date is 1
July 2011. Please contact the Scholarships and Prizes Office for more information, Ms Catherine
Dernee (T +61 2 8627 8450, scholarships.reception@sydney.edu.au).

Prime Minister’s Australia Asia                            Prime Minister’s Australia Asia
Postgraduate Awards for                                    Undergraduate Awards for
Australian Applicants                                      Australian Applicants
        20 Awards annually                                      20 Awards annually
        Australian postgraduate                                 Australian undergraduate students

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 Recipients are selected from India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, The People’s Republic of
China (including Hong Kong, and Macau SARs), Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
        (Master’s/PhD) students funded to              funded to study in Asia for up to
        study in Asia for up to one year               one year
       Also encouraged to undertake an               Mandatory internship of up to one
        internship in Asia for up to one               year in Asia
        year                                          Valued at up to A $53,500 each
       Valued at up to A $63,500 each

        b. Endeavour Research Fellowships

The Endeavour Research Fellowships provide financial support (including a monthly stipend, travel
allowance and establishment allowance) for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to
undertake short-term research (4-6 months) towards a Master’s, PhD (enrolled at an institution in
their home country) or postdoctoral research. Up to $23,500 is available under this award, with health
and travel insurance provided. No tuition fees are payable.

Travel Allowance:                $4,500
Establishment Allowance:         $4,000
Monthly stipend:                 $2,500 per month (up to 4 years, pro-rata)

        c.   Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowships

The Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowships provide financial support (including a
monthly stipend, travel allowance and establishment allowance) for postgraduate students and
postdoctoral fellows from participating Asian countries to undertake short-term research (4-6
months) towards a Master’s, PhD (enrolled at an institution in their home country) or postdoctoral
research. Up to $23,500 is available under this award, with health and travel insurance provided. No
tuition fees are payable.

Travel Allowance:                $4,500
Establishment Allowance:         $4,000
Monthly stipend:                 $2,500 per month (up to 4 years, pro-rata)

        d. Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians

The Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians provide financial support for
Indigenous postgraduate students, Doctorate candidates and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short-
term research (4-6 months) towards an Australian Master’s or PhD; or postdoctoral research in any
field of study. The research is to be undertaken in participating countries within the Asia-Pacific and
Middle East regions.

Up to $23,500 is available under this award, with health and travel insurance provided. No tuition fees
are payable.

Travel Allowance:                $4,500
Establishment Allowance:         $4,000
Monthly stipend:                 $2,500 per month (up to 4 years, pro-rata)

        e. Endeavour Europe Awards

The Endeavour Europe Awards provide financial assistance for postgraduate students from
participating countries in Europe to undertake, in any field of study, a Master’s Degree or PhD in
Australia. Funding provided by the Endeavour Europe Awards is a 12 month contribution towards
your postgraduate qualification in Australia.

Up to $38,500 is available under this award, with health and travel insurance provided. No tuition fees
are payable.

Travel Allowance:                $4,500
Establishment Allowance:        $4,000
Monthly stipend:                $2,500 per month (up to 4 years, pro-rata)

        f.   Endeavour Executive Awards

The Endeavour Executive Awards provide professional development opportunities (1-4 months) for
high achievers in business, industry, education or government from participating countries. The
Awards focus on building skills and knowledge through a host work environment rather than through
formal enrolment in a study program at a host institution and are not intended to fund direct academic
research.

Up to $18,500 is available under this award (including a monthly stipend, travel allowance and
establishment allowance).

Travel Allowance:               $4,500
Establishment Allowance:        $4,000
Monthly stipend:                $2,500 per month (up to 4 years, pro-rata)



For the scholarships outlined above, please encourage prospective students to find a suitable
supervisor using Research Supervisor Connect: http://www.usyd.edu.au/research/opportunities.

The procedure for applying to the University of Sydney for international students is explained here:
http://www.usyd.edu.au/future_students/international_postgraduate_research/admissions/how_to_ap
ply/making_application.shtml.

Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by November 2011 by email and will be required to accept
the award offer online within 14 days. A contractor has been engaged to provide post-selection
support services to all award holders to assist with visas, health, travel, insurance, accommodation,
security, payment of allowance etc.

Award holders must commence their award after 1 January 2012 and not later than 30 November
2012. Applicants who have already commenced their program are ineligible.

We currently have over 40 international students commencing studies in 2011 under sponsorship of
these awards and 14 Australian students studying abroad under these award categories. A full list of
2011 Endeavour award holders are available here:
http://www.deewr.gov.au/International/EndeavourAwards/EndeavourAwardHolderAlumni/Documents/
2011_EndeavourAwardHolders.pdf

Should you have any questions in relation to these awards, please do not hesitate to contact my
colleague Caroline Mullins on caroline.mullins@sydney.edu.au.




AUSAID SCHOLARSHIPS for study in 2012
known as the Development Awards under the Australia Awards banner
(http://www.australiaawards.gov.au/).

For an overview of AusAID scholarships, annual update 2010 and Scholarships Handbook,
please go to http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/publications.cfm

For a map of participating countries, please see
http://www.australiaawards.gov.au/countries.html .
Students that are interested in applying for these scholarships, please go to the country
specific profiles on the AusAID website for deadlines, eligibility, number of scholarships
available, required documentation and priority fields of study.

Development awards have been an important component of the Australian Government’s overseas
aid program since the 1950s, supporting its aim to help developing countries to reduce poverty and
achieve sustainable development.
The overarching goals of Australia's development awards are:

        to develop capacity and leadership skills so that individuals can contribute to development in
         their home country;
        to build people-to-people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels.

Development awards provide opportunities for long and short term study and professional
development. Long term awards include Australian Development Scholarships (ADS), Australian
Leadership Award Scholarships (ALA Scholarships) for high achieving applicants and Australian
Regional Development Scholarships (ARDS). Short term awards include Australian Leadership
Awards Fellowships (ALA Fellowships), the Prime Minister's Pacific-Australia Awards and short
courses.

For an overview of AusAID scholarships, annual update 2010 and Scholarships Handbook, please go
to http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/publications.cfm

For a map of participating countries, please see http://www.australiaawards.gov.au/countries.html

1.   Australian Leadership Award Scholarships (ALA Scholarships)

http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/ala.cfm

Up to 200 Australian Leadership Award Scholarships will be available on an annual basis for high
achievers wishing to undertake postgraduate study. ALA Scholarships target those whose chosen
field of study equips them to play a significant role in addressing, researching or combating
development challenges in their country and/or region. Awardees will be provided with opportunities
to enhance their leadership capacity and extend their networks.

Selection for an ALA Scholarship is highly competitive. It is based on the applicant’s professional and
personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their commitment to and potential
impact on development outcomes for their country and region. Scholars are required to return to their
home country for at least two years after completing their studies in Australia.
Applicants do not need to be nominated by their government or employer. Anyone who meets the
eligibility criteria may apply under this category. However, applicants must be able to demonstrate
that their intended studies will contribute to their country’s development and that they have the
potential to lead or influence economic and social development. Applicants are required to return to
their country of citizenship for a period of two years after the completion of their award, to contribute
to the development of the identified priority sector in their country.
Countries eligible for Australian Development Scholarships and Australian Leadership Award
Scholarships, and country-specific eligibility criteria are available here:
http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/eligiblecountries.cfm

2.   Australian Development Scholarships (ADS)

http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/studyin.cfm

ADS are available for full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study, from Certificate level to PhD.
The number of scholarships and fields of study are determined annually by each ADS participating
country and in accordance with the Australian Government's bilateral development assistance
program. Some countries may limit the level of study (technical, undergraduate or postgraduate) and
give priority to certain fields of study to better meet development needs and Australia's specific aid
objectives for each country.

Award recipients are required to return to their country of citizenship for two years after they have
completed their studies to contribute to the development of their country.
ADS Public: Applicants are public sector employees who are nominated by their government for an
ADS award through a competitive selection process. Applicants are required to return to the public
sector in their home country for a minimum period of two years at the completion of their award, in
order to strengthen public sector capacity in their country.
ADS Open: Applicants do not need to be nominated by their government or employer. Anyone who
meets the eligibility criteria may apply under this category. However, applicants must be able to
demonstrate that their intended studies will contribute to their country’s development. Applicants are
required to return to their country of citizenship for a period of two years after the completion of their
award, to contribute to the development of the identified priority sector in their country.
ADS Targeted: Applicants are selected from targeted areas which are in line with the country
program’s identified priority sectors and which may include people with disabilities or from minority
groups. Applicants are required to return to their country of citizenship after the completion of their
award for a period of two years, to contribute to the development of their country.

http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/eligiblecountries.cfm

3.   Prime Minister’s Pacific-Australia Awards (PMPAA)

http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/pmpa.cfm and http://www.pmpa.austraining.com.au/home

The Prime Minister's Pacific-Australia Awards (PMPA Awards) are offered to recipients of long-term
development awards (Australian Development Scholarships and Australian Leadership Award
Scholarships) from the Pacific, Papua New Guinea and East Timor, who are leaders or potential
leaders in their country. Up to 120 eligible postgraduate scholars form the Pacific will receive an
award between 2010–14.

4.   Australian Regional Development Scholarships (ARDS)

http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/studyout.cfm

Australian Regional Development Scholarships provide opportunities to people from some developing
countries to study at selected education institutions outside Australia.

The purpose of the scholarships is for people to gain knowledge and skills which will help the
development of their home country. Currently Australian Regional Development Scholarships are
offered to people from the Pacific to study at Pacific tertiary institutions in Papua New Guinea, the
Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa.


5.   Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships (ALAF)

http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/alafellow.cfm

Information about this program will be attached in a separate memo when round 10 opens in May, closing
in June.



Entitlements

A common set of entitlements apply to all Scholarship recipients.
Tuition Fees                   Full academic fees and other compulsory fees
                               that apply to international students undertaking
                               the same course are paid by AusAID
                               (Canberra) directly to the Institution.

Introductory Academic          The provision of a 4-6 week Introductory
Program (IAP)                  Academic Program prior to the
                               commencement of studies.

Travel                         Payment of a single return, economy class
                               airfare to and from Australia, via the most
                               direct route.

Establishment Allowance        A contribution of A$5,000 towards expenses
                               such as rental bonds, text books, study
                               materials, additional medical insurance, home
                               contents insurance etc.

Contribution to Living         A fortnightly Contribution to Living Expenses
Expenses (also referred to     (CLE) paid at a rate determined by AusAID.
as a Stipend)

Overseas Student Health        OSHC will be provided to cover the Awardee’s
Cover (OSHC)                   basic medical costs. Awardees may purchase,
                               at their own expense, additional medical
                               insurance to cover ancillary services such as
                               dentist, optometrist, physiotherapist etc.

If applicable:

Pre-Course English (PCE)       PCE in Australia may be provided for up to six
                               months, if deemed necessary by the Institution
                               and approved by the Post.

Supplementary Academic         Provided when essential to improving an
Support (also referred to as   Awardee’s performance to ensure their
Tutorial Assistance)           academic success.

Reunion Airfare Entitlement    The reunion airfare entitlement is available to
                               unaccompanied and single Awardees. Refer to
                               Section 4.2.7 of the Scholarships Handbook
                               for conditions relating to eligibility and payment
                               of the entitlement.

Fieldwork                      One only return economy class airfare via the
                               most direct route may be approved for eligible
                               research Awardees to their country of
                               citizenship or within Australia.

ALAS Awardees only

Leadership Development         Costs associated with participating in the
Program *                      Leadership Development Program are covered
                               by AusAID (Canberra).
For the scholarships outlined above, please encourage prospective students to find a suitable
supervisor using Research Supervisor Connect: http://www.usyd.edu.au/research/opportunities.

The procedure for applying to the University of Sydney for international students is explained here:
http://www.usyd.edu.au/future_students/international_postgraduate_research/admissions/how_to_ap
ply/making_application.shtml.

Please note that for AusAID scholarships, applicants must not hold or have held a scholarship to
study outside their home country in the 24 months preceding the application (with the 24 months to be
calculated from the date of arrival back in their home country to the scholarship application closing
date).

Should you have any questions in relation to these awards, please do not hesitate to contact my
colleague Caroline Mullins on caroline.mullins@sydney.edu.au.




AUSAID AUSTRALIAN LEADERSHIP AWARD FELLOWSHIPS (ALAF)

Round 10 of the AusAID Australian Leadership Award Fellowships (ALAF) programme is opening
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on 16 May and closing on 22 June 2011, for programs from January 2012 onwards.

Please do not hesitate to contact David Boyd (david.boyd@sydney.edu.au) if you have any questions.

Programs featuring fellows from Africa, Latin America and Burma (Myanmar) are particularly sought
for round 10 and also projects in the emerging area of food security.

The Australian Leadership Award Fellowships are a component of a regional program that aims to
develop leadership and build partnerships and linkages with the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the
Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa (http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/alafellow-eligible-
countries.cfm).

The goal of the ALA Fellowships program is to develop appropriately trained current and aspiring leaders in
priority areas, who, in the short to medium term, will be in a position to advance key regional policy
objectives and increase institutional capacity of partner countries. ALA Fellowships are designed to
complement individual bilateral country programs by offering flexible fellowship placements which address
current and emerging needs at the country, sub-regional and regional levels. They are a highly flexible
program that offers Australian organisations opportunities to provide short term study, research and
professional development activities in Australia for leaders or mid-career professionals from eligible
countries.

The awards fund up to a maximum of $35,000 per fellow, with programmes up to 25 fellows
commencing no earlier than January 2012 (round 10). The University of Sydney has held consecutive
ALAF programmes across a range of development issues and countries since round one (2007); 108
countries are now eligible for these fellowships in round 10.

Applications addressing the priority areas of disability and development, economic growth, education,
environment, food security, gender, governance, health, human rights, infrastructure, regional
stability, rural development and water and sanitation are particularly encouraged. Communication with
posts in country (ie: local AusAID post, DFAT, AFP and Australian Education International
representatives) prior to the application submission is highly recommended, to determine whether
your ALAF application would rank highly in that country’s priorities and to determine whether your
nominated fellows, home organisations and alignment with country priorities is appropriately suitable.
The country program strategies are available on AusAID’s website here:
http://www.ausaid.gov.au/country/default.cfm.
Application documentation can be downloaded from the following link
http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/alafellow.cfm (application form, fellow nomination form, CV template
including workplan, budget spreadsheet, guidelines).

Please note that applications under this program will be coordinated by the Office of the Deputy Vice-
Chancellor (International) and must be submitted to AusAID via this office. Those who are interested
in applying for an ALAF should contact David Boyd, (david.boyd@sydney.edu.au), prior to developing
an application, for assistance with budget costings, sample letters of support, and application
overview/checking prior to submission.

Applications for Round 10 must be submitted to David Boyd (david.boyd@sydney.edu.au) by COB
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Friday 17 June 2011. Please note that although the official closing date for receipt of submissions in
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Canberra is COB 22 June 2011, an earlier internal closing date has been set for submissions from
within the University to collate and obtain an institutional signature prior to couriering to Canberra.

				
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