An ADS Awardee, Ms. Smita from Nepal receiving certificate from the Secretary, Mr Kishore Thapa, Secretary, Ministry of Education on the occasion of Alumni Reception and Launch of the ‘Endeavours of Excellence’ book

An ADS Awardee, Ms. Smita from Nepal receiving certificate from the Secretary, Mr Kishore   Thapa, Secretary, Ministry of Education on the occasion of Alumni Reception and Launch of the   ‘Endeavours of Excellence’ book An ADS Awardee, Ms. Smita from Nepal receiving certificate from the Secretary, Mr Kishore   Thapa, Secretary, Ministry of Education on the occasion of Alumni Reception and Launch of the   ‘Endeavours of Excellence’ book

2011 Intake ALAS recipients from India at the Pre-Departure Briefing Session held in Delhi

2011 Intake ALAS recipients from India at the Pre-Departure Briefing Session held in Delhi 2011 Intake ALAS recipients from India at the Pre-Departure Briefing Session held in Delhi

2012 Intake ADS and ALAS recipients from Bhutan at the Pre-Departure Briefing Session held in Thimphu

2012 Intake ADS and ALAS recipients from Bhutan at the Pre-Departure Briefing Session held in Thimphu 2012 Intake ADS and ALAS recipients from Bhutan at the Pre-Departure Briefing Session held in Thimphu




Australia Awards to study in Australia are an integral part of the Australian Government’s development cooperation program in South Asia. Australia Awards encourage economic growth and prosperity in South Asia by increasing the capacity of organizations. This is achieved by motivated individuals applying their expert knowledge and skills to planned change programs in their countries.

In South Asia, Australia Awards operate in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives , Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Please click on your country below for specific country-based scholarship information.

News and Events

The Australia Awards in South Asia (Maldives) team presented a Pre-departure briefing for Intake 2013 Australia Awardees on 22 November 2012 at Nasandhura Palace Hotel in Male’, coordinated by the Regional Director, Mr Neville Saunderson and the Country Coordinator Dr. Ibrahim Hassan. The meeting provided awardees with important information about travel to, living and studying in Australia, including input by a panel of 5 alumni who shared valuable information about their times in Australia which the awardees found very useful.  

The Australian High Commissioner to the Maldives, Her Excellency Robin Moody, hosted an alumni event on 20 November 2012 I Male’ to congratulate the recipients of the 2013 Australia Awards. The President of the Republic of the Maldives, H.E. Dr. Mohamed Waheed was the Chief Guest at the event, which was also attended by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade–Australian Aid Counsellor in Colombo, Mr. Edward Archibald, and senior officials from the government of Maldives. 

Altogether 31 Nepali scholars have received Australia Awards Scholarships to pursue post graduate studies in Australia in 2013.

Among them, fourteen are women and four are government employees, according to the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu. Australia is the largest provider of scholarships in Nepal.

These scholars will pursue studies in sectors identified as priorities for the development of Nepal, including health, education, governance, livelihoods, water and sanitation and forestry. 

Initial discussions on a five-year plan for Maldives and Sri Lanka were held at the Maldives office on 1 – 2 August. 

These discussions were guided by the current national development plans of each country and Australian Aid’s proposed country strategy, where applicable. The intention was to ensure that longer-term planning for the scholarships program aligned with Australian Aid's broader aid objectives in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. 

Notice Board

For Applicants

Applications are now open for Australia Awards Scholarship Intake 2015

Applications must be lodged by 5pm (local time), 30th April 2014.

Please click on your country above for specific country-based scholarship information

Downloads

Publications:
  • Australia Awards Scholarships policy handbook—Feb 2014
    [PDF 525kb] [Word 808kb]
    This handbook provides essential information for managing or participating in the Scholarship program.
  • OASIS Applicant User Guide
    [PDF 1.4mb] [Word 1.9mb]
    This publication provides practical guidance for scholarship applicants on using OASIS.

Australian Aid's Country Profiles:
Hard Copy Applications

Applicants are advised that the application form for Australia Awards Scholarships cannot be downloaded directly. Applicants who cannot lodge applications on-line are invited to contact their in-country program office to discuss other options.

Success Stories

Yadav Sharma Bajagai

An ALA scholar from 2009. He is working on a project to reduce poverty and improve sustainable household food security in Nepal.

Supriya Tripura

Works with the UNDP Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility (CHTDF) project as a Program Officer in Rangamati, one of the three districts of CHT in Bangladesh.

Dasho Pema Thinley

Vice Chancellor at the Royal University of Bhutan, fondly recollects the day in 1969 when he began a life-changing journey from Trashigang, in Eastern Bhutan, to Australia.

Indika Sigera

Works at University of Moratuwa where he is developing port management and shipping management programs at undergraduate and post graduate levels.

Pre-departure videos for Australia Awards Recipients



Introduction


Preparing to come to Australia


Arriving in Australia


Staying healthy and happy


Living in Australia


Study in Australia


Your Contract


Returning home for development

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