Australia’s development assistance in the Maldives aims to develop capacity in government and non-government sectors in agreed sectors and to build people-to-people links at individual, institutional and country levels.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade–Australian Aid manages most of the Australian government’s aid program, including the Australia Awards Scholarships. These Awards align with Australia’s development assistance program in the Maldives, targeting human resource gaps identified priority sectors. They aim to provide awardees with the skills and knowledge to drive change in and influence economic and social development.
Change to Award Names
Australian Aid’s two main Awards have been renamed as follows
Australian Development Scholarships are now Australia Awards Scholarships
Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships are now the Australia Awards Leadership Program
The new names are part of an exciting new phase in the Australia Awards, but they do not in any way alter the conditions of the Awards, or our regard for current scholars and alumni, who are an important part of the Australia Awards.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade–Australian Aid will assess applicants for their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in the Maldives.
Australian Aid offers awards on the basis of merit, transparency and equal access. Applications from women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged.
Applications for the intake commencing academic year 2014
close at 5:00pm Maldives time on 30 April 2013
Applications received after this time will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to apply online at https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au. For assistance, contact the South Asia Scholarships Program (SASP) Office in Male’ using the contact details below.
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 applying for a visa to live in Australia
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
have a minimum IELTS (Academic) overall score*of 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
satisfy all requirements of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for an Australian Aid Temporary Visa (subclass 576)
not have held a foreign scholarship in the 24 months preceding application
not have obtained an academic qualification outside Maldives in the 24 months preceding the application closing date, calculated from the date of arrival back in the home country
not be currently serving in the military
not be applying for another long-term Australian Aid 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 been home for eight years)
satisfy admission requirements of the university at which the award is to be taken.
*Note: IELTS or TOEFL certificates must be valid at 1 January 2014.
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 Master-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 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 and after completing their Master’s degree
have a statement from the Government of 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.
Please note PhD scholarships are available 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.
Applicants are encouraged to consider course selections carefully before applying. Only in exceptional circumstances, will Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade–Australian Aid consider requests to change selected courses.
to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship
to return to 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.
Applicants must submit all supporting documents listed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook with their applications.
Applicants must provide the following documents to meet the specific requirements for the Maldives. Check with the Maldives SASP office to clarify required documents and whether they need to be attested.
The Maldives SASP office 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 Addu Atoll, HDH Kulhudhuffushi, B Eydhafushi and Male’. The dates and venues will be published on the Maldives SASP website. Applicants can also contact the Maldives SASP office for this information.
The Australian Government provides no financial or other support for 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.
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 Maldives SASP office. If required, a hardcopy of the application form can be forwarded. Hardcopy applications must be received at the Maldives SASP office on or before 5:00pm, 30 April 2013.
Applicants must select one of the following three sectors from the list in the application form: Education, Environment 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 or TOEFL certificate.
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 SASP website and then contact the Maldives SASP office using the contact details below.
The selection process is open and transparent. The 9 main steps in the processes are:
Intake opens – 1 February 2013
Submit applications with necessary supporting documents