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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Australia Awards Scholarships - for study commencing in 2019 For Pakistan



Australia Awards Scholarships - for study commencing in 2019 For Pakistan

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships commencing in January 2019 will open on 1 February 2018 and close 30 April 2018. Information regarding eligibility and the application process will soon be available on this webpage.
1.  Applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship
1.1.               Eligibility criteria
1.1.1.            To be eligible to receive an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants must:
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i.           be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the scholarship
ii.         be a citizen of a participating country (as listed on the Australia Awards website) and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from their country of citizenship
iii.        not be married, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection or mobilisation phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but must apply for a Student visa (subclass 500) and not be current serving military personnel
iv.       not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or  be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently
v.         not be applying for another long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia (for example, a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside Australia for eight years)
vi.       have satisfied any specific criteria established by the Program Area or the government of the applicant’s country of citizenship (e.g. having worked a certain number of years in an appropriate sector)
vii.      be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken (this may mean that Program Areas will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution’s admission requirements. This may not be known until Program Areas request a placement at selected institutions)
viii.    be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to hold a Student Visa.This may mean that the Program Area will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the visa requirements
ix.       Applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Program Areas or with managing contractors so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.

1.1.2.           
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Program Areas may consider the following exceptions to 2.1.1(ii) in relation to applicants being required to apply from their country of citizenship:
i.      applicants working for their government in a third country
ii.     applicants residing in the immediate region to which they would be willing to grant an award (e.g. Pacific Island countries considering applicants from other eligible Pacific Island countries), noting that the award will be reported as belonging to the applicant’s country of citizenship.
1.2.1.            Applicants must read the applicable country or regional profile for
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details on the application process, as opening and closing dates for applications, country specific requirements(including English language) and documentation requirements may vary. The profiles can be found at http://aid.dfat.gov.au/australia-awards/Pages/eligiblecountries.aspx
1.3.               English language requirements
1.3.1.            An applicant or awardee will meet DFAT’s English language requirements for receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship if their first language is English and if they have undertaken their education in English (evidenced by their academic transcripts).
1.3.2.            Note that some institutions may still require evidence of English language proficiency, and Program Areas relying on the above may need to check whether Australian institutions accept applicants from particular regions or with particular qualifications from English language institutions.
i.           where an applicant or awardee does not meet DFAT’s English language requirements (see Section 2.3.1), the awardee will need to provide an academic English language test result that meets the institution’s academic English language requirement tests before commencing the approved main course of studies. The below are accepted English language tests:
o  International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
o  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
o  Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
1.3.3.            Awardees’ English language test results must be valid at 1 January of the year in which the awardee is commencing studies in Australia (IELTS,TOEFL scores, and PTE Academic are valid for two years after the test date).  If an institution requires a different test validity timeframe, awardees must meet the institution’s requirements.
1.3.4.            The following scores set are recommendedby the Australia Awards Delivery Section for all Australia Awards Scholarship awardees:
i.           an Academic IELTS result with an overall score of at least 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or
ii.         a paper-based TOEFL overall score of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English, or
iii.        an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all subtests, or
iv.       PTE Academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.
1.3.5.            Where an institution’s academic English language requirement is higher than DFAT’s requirement for the main course of study, the awardee must meet the institution’s requirement.
1.3.6.            If a Program Area elects not to have an English language cut off, or to have a lower cut off than recommended in Section 2.3.4 (which will be specified in country profile), the Program Area must not accept:
i.           lower than the relevant institution English language entry score for direct entry into the course
ii.         scores that are more than half a point lower on the IELTS(or the equivalent TOEFL or PTE Academic) than the relevant institution’s English language entry requirement for awardees undertaking pre-course English in Australia.
Pre-course English training in Australia
1.3.7.            Country programs may elect to provide English training to awardees in their home country or the immediate region. The following policy relates to pre-course English training in Australia.
1.3.8.            An awardee who does not meet the institution’s requirements may be able to undertake pre-course English language training in Australia. This training may be provided if the awardee is:
i.           within half a point of the required IELTS, or
ii.         within 25 points of the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language, or
iii.        within 10 points of the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language, or
iv.       within 7 points of PTE Academic.
1.3.9.            Pre-course English training in Australia is for a maximum of six months. Exceptions to this six-month maximum must be agreed with the Australia Awards Delivery Section.
Pre-course English language training in-country
1.3.10.       
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Program Areasmay elect to provide pre-course English language training in country, prior to mobilisation.
i.      Program Areas are advised that, on average, six months of English language training will result in advancing
o   Half an IELTS point
o   25 points TOEFL paper-based
o   10 points TOEFL internet-based or
o   7 points PTE Academic
ii.     It is up to Program Areas to determine on what basis they provide in-country English language training, and whether training is provided prior to or after a provisional offer of an award.
1.3.11.        Program Areas will determine when applicants or awardees need to provide evidence of their English language abilities and advise applicants accordingly. Program Areas must provide the evidence in OASIS when requesting a placement for the applicant at an institution.

1.3.12.       
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Before making a placement offer, institutions should give careful consideration to the English language training that an awardee may require. The institution may offer an in‑Australia Pre-Course English program only if the awardee is within half an IELTS point or the equivalent TOEFL score or PTE Academicscore of the institution’s minimum English language requirements.
1.3.13.        An institution must not accept an awardee if they are unlikely to reach the standard of English required for the main course of studies within the six months of PCE training.