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Applications are now open for Australia Awards Scholarship Intake 2015

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

Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their application online at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. For assistance, contact the Australia Awards Office Maldives.

Alert 8/4/14

Applicants are strongly advised submit their online applications well before the closing date on 30 April 2014 as the online application facility (OASIS) experiences peak usage in the days leading up to the closing date and applicants may experience delays.

Applicants are also reminded that providing false or misleading information in an application is a serious offence under Australian Law and any applicant doing so will be automatically disqualified for an award.

Alert: Sitting IELTS test in late April 2014

Applications will be accepted from applicants who sit the IELTS Academic test in late April 2014 if they submit documentary evidence of having sat the IELTS exam before the application closing date (ie: 30 April 2014). Applicants must email/hand-deliver an attested copy of their IELTS Report Form to Australia Awards Office Maldives within 24 hours of the results being issued on or about 11 May 2014.

Program overview

Australia’s international development assistance in the Maldives aims to contribute to long term development needs of the Maldives to promote growth and stability and strengthen human resources capacity in bilaterally agreed priority development sectors.

Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.

Applicants will be assessed for their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in the Maldives.

Scholarships are offered on the basis of merit, transparency and equal access. Applications from eligible women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Applications for the intake commencing academic year 2015
close at 5:00 pm Maldives time on 30 April 2014

Applications received after 5:00pm Maldives time on 30 April 2014 will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to apply online at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. For assistance, contact the Australia Awards Office Maldives in Male’ using the contact details below.

Priority development sectors

The priority development sectors of study for the Australia Awards Scholarships commencing in 2015 are:

  • Education;
  • Sustainable Development;
  • Governance and Public Administration.

Fields of study for Priority Development Sectors

Australia Awards Development Theme Maldives Priority Sector Fields for Undergraduate Study Fields for Postgraduate Study
  • Education
  • Education
  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Education (Specializing in teaching History & Geography) 
  • Inclusive Education and Disability Studies
  • Special Education
  • Vocational Education &Training

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Curriculum
  • Disability Studies
  • ICT (related to school based education)
  • Mathematics Education
  • Policy Studies / Education Policy
  • Special Education / Inclusive Education

Graduate Diploma ONLY
Vocational Education Training

  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Environment
  • Rural Development 

  • Sustainable Development
  • Marine and Coastal Conservation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Development Planning
  • Urban Development 
  • Climate change management/adaptation
  • Disasters / Disaster Preparedness
  • Renewable Energy
  • Marine and Coastal Conservation
  • Marine Science and Management
  • Natural Hazards
  • Planning
  • Power Systems
  • Sustainable Development
  • Urban Development / Urban Planning 
  • Applied Project Management (Climate change)

Graduate Diploma ONLY
Waste Management

  • Governance
  • Gender Equality
  • Human Rights
  • Rural Development
  • Governance and Public Administration
  • Auditing
  • Development studies
  • Finance / Applied Finance
  • Gender
  • International Relations
  • Policy Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Statistics
  • Accountancy
  • Administrative Law
  • Community Development
  • Development Economics
  • Development Studies
  • Employment Law
  • Gender / Gender and Development
  • Governance
  • Human Rights & Democratization
  • Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights Law and Policy
  • International Law
  • Local Governance / Governance and Public Policy
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy / Public Policy Management

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the scholarship
  • be a citizen of the Maldives
  • be residing in and applying for the scholarship from the Maldives
  • not be married or engaged to be married to a person who holds or who is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident status, at any of the application, selection or mobilization phases
  • not be current serving military personnel
  • not be applying for a visa to live in Australia
  • not be applying for another long-term Australia Awards scholarship unless they have resided outside Australia for twice the length of the total time they were in Australia. (For example, a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside Australia for eight years)
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a Temporary Visa (subclass 576)
  • not have held a foreign scholarship in the 24 months preceding application
  • not have obtained an academic qualification outside the Maldives in the 24 months preceding the application closing date, calculated from the date of arrival back in the Maldives
  • satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken
  • have a minimum IELTS (Academic) overall score*of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or a TOEFL paper-based test score* of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English or a TOEFL internet-based (iBT) score* of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all sub-tests or a PTE Academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.
*Note: IELTS, TOEFL and PTE certificates must be valid at 1 January 2015.

Applicants for Bachelor-level Awards must:

  • have 3 passes in the GCE A/L examination with grades 'C' or above obtained in one sitting OR a diploma in a related field/discipline
  • choose a Bachelor degree no longer than four years in duration. Double Bachelor degrees are permitted as long as both are included in the original offer and both can be completed within four years. Note: Bachelor degrees at Honours level are not supported.

Applicants for Masters-level Awards must:

  • have a tertiary qualification at least equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree
  • select a Master’s course not longer than 2 years in duration
  • have worked in the Maldives for at least 12 months preceding the application closing date (30 April 2014) and after completing their Bachelor’s degree.

Applicants for PhD-level Awards must:

  • have a tertiary qualification at least equivalent to an Australian Master’s degree with a research focus
  • have worked in the Maldives for at least 24 months preceding the application closing date (30 April 2014) and after completing their Master’s degree
  • have a statement from the Government of the Maldives endorsing the research area
  • include a research proposal as part of their application
  • include a letter from a supervisor in an Australian university providing in-principle support for the research proposal
  • provide three referee reports two of which should be completed by academic referees.

Approval is generally given only where the applicant occupies, or is expected to occupy, a senior position requiring individual research or the supervision and training of other researchers in a research organisation (e.g. university or research centre) in the Maldives.

Applicants are encouraged to consider course selections carefully before applying. Only in exceptional circumstances, will Australia Awards consider requests to change selected courses.

Special conditions:

Awardees are required:

  • to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship
  • to return to the Maldives for at least two years after completing their scholarship, to contribute to economic and social development of the country. Failure to do so will incur a debt to the Commonwealth of Australia for the total value of the scholarship. 
Alert: Use our self-assessment Eligibility Checklist to see whether you may be eligible. Click HERE

Benefits and entitlements

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary to complete the program specified by a university.
The following benefits generally apply:
  • full tuition fees
  • return economy air travel to Australia by the most direct route
  • visa expenses including medical checks necessary for the Temporary Visa (subclass 576)
  • a compulsory 4-6 week Introductory Academic Program covering information on life and study in Australia prior to commencing formal studies
  • an establishment allowance to contribute to costs such as accommodation, books etc.
  • a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by DFAT
  • Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of the award to cover an awardee’s basic medical costs. (This is for awardees only and excludes pre-existing medical conditions).

Subject to requirements and eligibility, entitlements may also include:

  • supplementary academic support, if required, to improve a student’s performance to assist with academic success
  • fieldwork costs for research purposes
  • reunion airfare for awardees whose family does not accompany them.

For details on benefits and entitlements read the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at http://aid.dfat.gov.au/Publications/Pages/scholar-handbook.aspx

Australia Awards Scholarships do not support completion of studies already commenced in Australia.

Disability support

  • Reasonable disability support (academic and non-academic) is provided to recipients with a disability based on a ‘needs’ assessment which determines the level and types of support based on the nature of the disability
  • The objective is to allow the participation of awardees with a disability on an equal basis with other award recipients
  • Applicants with a disability are encouraged to notify Australia Awards Office Maldives of all disabilities and pre-existing medical conditions as early as possible, preferably when applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship
  • Early and full notification of a disability will not negatively affect the assessment of an applicant's eligibility or placement but will enable the Australia Awards Office Maldives to provide appropriate support throughout the application and placement process
  • Australian institutions are very experienced in providing disability support. Many Australian universities have dedicated disability services centres to help students with disabilities participate fully in university life. Australian universities also have health and counselling services
  • Read about the positive experiences in Australia of a South Asian awardees with a disability

How to prepare

Applicants must carefully check that:

  • a course aligns with a Fields of Study listed for one of the Priority Development Sectors for the Maldives
  • a course in a field of study will enable them to contribute to poverty alleviation and sustainable development in the Maldives when they return
  • they satisfy all university enrolment requirements, including English language proficiency.

Required documentation

Applicants must submit all supporting documents listed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook with their application.

Applicants must provide the following documents to meet the specific requirements for the Maldives. Check with the Australia Awards Office Maldives to clarify required documents and whether they need to be certified.

Required Document OASIS Document type Bachelor Master PhD Certified
Birth certificate/Passport /National ID Proof of citizenship Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tertiary diploma/degree certificates Degree Certificate Yes Yes Yes Yes
Academic grades Academic Transcript Yes Yes Yes Yes
IELTS/TOEFL/PTE test results certificate (valid at 1 January 2015) Proof of English language proficiency Yes Yes Yes Yes
Certificate of special achievements or merit Other Document If applicable If applicable If applicable Yes

Masters coursework applicants: one academic referee report and one other referee report (e.g. a work supervisor) (with referee’s seal). Download referee report template

Referee Report
Masters/PhD research Applicants: two academic referee reports and one other referee report (e.g. a work supervisor) (with referee’s seal) Download referee report template
Referee Report
Yes Yes No
Masters/PhD research applicants: a research proposal. This proposal must include a proposed methodology, timeline and a brief literature review. Download guideline.
Other Document
Yes Yes No
PhD applicants: a letter (or email communication) showing in-principle support for the research topic from a potential supervisor. Other Document

Yes No
PhD applicants: government approval for proposed area of research. Download approval template. Other Document

Yes No
Employment Letter (stating employment duration) Other Document If applicable Yes Yes No
Curriculum Vitae (CV). Download CV template.
Other Document Yes Yes Yes No


Additional information if shortlisted for interview:
  • Applicants shortlisted must provide original and certified copies of all documents submitted with their applications when attending the interview
  • Applicants shortlisted must bring a passport-sized colour photograph to their interview
  • Applicants selected for an Australia Awards Scholarship will require a valid Police clearance
  • Applicants offered an Australia Awards Scholarship will need to submit other information required by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for visa processing.

Information Sessions

The Australia Awards Office Maldives will conduct information sessions during February-April to clarify queries from applicants. The objective of the information sessions is to ensure applicants have full and accurate information to enable them to lodge eligible and quality applications. 

Information sessions are planned to be held in Male’ as well as in the outer islands. The dates and venues will be published on the Australia Awards Office Maldives website. Applicants can also contact the Australia Awards Office Maldives for this information. 

The presentation slides used in information sessions can be downloaded here.

Family Travel

The Australian Government does not provide any financial or other support for the dependants of awardees. Awardees considering taking dependants to Australia are strongly encouraged to travel to Australia on their own for at least the first six months to attend the Introductory Academic Program and become established in their studies, without distraction of family responsibilities.

How to apply

  • The online application form is available at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications online. Those who have no internet connection must contact the Australia Awards Office Maldives. If required, a hardcopy of the application form can be forwarded. Hardcopy applications must be received at the Australia Office Maldives on or before 5:00pm, 30 April 2014.
  • Applicants must select one of the following three sectors from the list in the application form: Education, Sustainable Development or Governance & Public Administration.
  • The Supporting Statement section of the application form is particularly important. Applicants must provide strong arguments to demonstrate their suitability for an Australia Awards Scholarship.
  • Applicants who wish to pursue studies by research (including PhD, Master by research, or Master by coursework with a research component) must complete the Research Proposal Details section.
  • Applicants must complete the English Language Proficiency section in full, including their scores. Applicants must attach a certified copy of their IELTS, TOEFL or PTE certificate (valid at 1 January 2015).
  • Certified scanned copies of all supporting documents must be uploaded with the online application. Applicants lodging hard copy applications must provide 3 copies of the application form with certified copies of the relevant supporting documents attached.
  • For more information on Australia Awards Scholarships, read the FAQs on the Australia Awards Office Maldives website and then contact the Australia Awards Office Maldives using the contact details below.

The selection process is open and transparent. The 9 main steps in the processes are:

  • Intake opens – 1 February 2014
  • Submit applications with necessary supporting documents
  • Intake closes 30 April 2014
  • Compliance checks
  • Short listing and interviews
  • Notifying the successful candidates
  • Australia Awards Office Maldives seeks university placement
  • Immigration/visa and health clearances
  • Pre-departure briefing and mobilisation

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Contact us

Dr. Ibrahim Hassan

Country Scholarship Coordinator – Maldives

Australia Awards Office Maldives
H. Aagadhage, 6th Floor,
Boduthakurufaanu Magu,
Male’ 20066, Republic of Maldives.
Tel: (960) 3004650 Mobile: (960) 7999465, (960) 7977465
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: www.australiaawardsmaldives.org

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:45

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