Application Details for 2019 Intake

The information below is applicable for awards commencing in 2019. NOTE that for 2020 intake there will be changes in the documentary requirements. Updated requirements will be posted by 01 February 2019)

Eligibility Criteria

Take the Eligibility Test

The Australia Awards Scholarships are for high-achieving Filipinos who demonstrate passion for intellectual pursuit and who are committed to development work. The program doesn’t have an age limit and is open to qualified applicants who meet the eligibility criteria below.

Applicants should:

  • be a Filipino citizen
  • be applying for the scholarship in the Philippines (except for government employees who are currently assigned in other countries e.g., such as those working in embassies or consular offices)
  • be residing in the Philippines for at least last 12 months
  • be a holder of a bachelor’s degree (for Masteral applicant) and be a holder of a master's degree (for PhD applicants)
  • have at least two (2) years cumulative professional work experience, not including on-the-job training, internship, apprenticeship and the likes.  The main location of current or immediate past employment must be in the Philippines.
  • not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or  be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently
  • not have pending residency or citizenship application in other countries
  • not married to an Australian citizen or to a New Zealand citizen; not married or engage to be married to a person who holds or who is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence status, at any time during the application, selection or mobilisation phases
  • not be a current serving military personnel
  • be able to take up the scholarship place in the academic year for which the award is offered
  • not currently hold another scholarship that would result in overlapping contracts as well as benefits
  • be able to achieve satisfactory results in an English proficiency test
  • be willing to sign a contract with the Australian Government
  • be willing to sign an agreement to fully implement the Reentry Action Plan (REAP)
  • be able to nominate a mentor who will help him/her implement her REAP

Aside from the general eligibility requirements above, nominees from the targeted category should also need to fulfil the following:

  • be a regular employee of the Australia Award’s targetted organisation
  • be in a leadership role where the enhanced technical or managerial skills to be gained via the recommended AAAEP-P study program can be used to effectively contribute to the agreed change agenda of the organisation
  • preferably have at least five (5) year work experience with public sector
  • have passed the screening and interview process of the organisation’s scholarship committee;
  • have passed the medical screening of targetted organisation
  • not hold a scholarship service agreement/contract
  • have no pending application to other scholarship programs locally or internationally;
  • have no pending administrative, criminal or civil case
  • be willing to sign a service contract with the nominating agency/targetted organisation

Additional requirements for alumni applying for another long-term award:

  • 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)
  • have satisfactorily implemented his/her REAP (if applicable)

Take the Eligibility Test

Note:  Applicants must declare during application of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Australian Embassy Manila or with Australia Awards Scholarships secretariat so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.


Required documents during the application period



Fully Accomplished Application Form

Applicants must fill out the online application form during the prescribed application dates.

Affidavit of citizenship, residency and employment A notarized affidavit indicating that you are a Filipino citizen, with permanent residence in the Philipines for the the last 12 months, and applying for the scholarship in the Philippines.
Graduation Certificate that includes details about completed course and  overall GWA/GPA

This must be secured from the academic institution where you earned your degree

You may submit only the certification of your highest completed degree

Additional document requirements for PhD applicants
  • Research proposal that includes a proposed methodology, timeline and a brief literature review
  • Evidence (e.g. letter or email communication) that applicant has received in-principle support for their research topic from a potential academic supervisor
  • Two referee reports


Additional Documents required only if shortlisted



English Proficiency Certification (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE)

Must have met the minimum IELTS or TOEFL requirement:

  • If IELTS, must be an ACADEMIC test wit at least an overall score of 6.5 with no individual band score lower than 6.
  • If TOEFL:
    • Paper based test: 580 with TWE of 4.5
    • Computer-based test: 237
    • Internet-based test: 92
  • For PTE Academic, at least an overall score of 58, with no individual band score lower than 54. More info on PTE academic ( here.

Please submit only 1 test result that is valid until the intake month/year.

This requirement will be asked only if you are shortlisted.

NSO-certified Birth Certificate If your application is successful, you will be asked to present original copy of the document
NBI Clearance for International Travel Must be valid at the time of application.
Police Clearance


Must be valid at the time of application. Validity is for 6 months.

Additional documents if shortlisted and from the government sector



Endorsement of Scholarship Application

Must be issued by the Head of your organsition/agency or Head of Scholarships Committee of your organisation.

Certificate of No Pending Administrative Case issued by the Ombudsman and the respective agency

Must be issued by your organisation and by the office of the ombudsman. Certificates must indicate that you have no pending case at the time of issuance.

Additional requirements if shortlisted and applying for a Masters by Research or PhD



Research Proposal

An executive summary of the research proposal that details how the study will contribute to a particular research agenda.

Referee Reports

Referee Reports from 2 previous Academic Supervisors, preferably on the area of research.


A listing of relevant publications to show knowledge/ competence in research work.

Endorsement Letter from an Australia Research Supervisor

A copy of the communication with an Australian Research Supervisor based in the University of choice.  The supervisor should confirm acceptance of research proposal.

If you meet the eligibility criteria to apply for Australia Awards Scholarships, the next step is to prepare the documents necessary for your application.

Important Note

When submitting your application for the Australia Awards Scholarships, you are required to declare that the contents of your application are true and correct; and acknowledge that the Australian Government has the right to vary or reverse any decision regarding an Australia Awards Scholarship made on the basis of incorrect or incomplete information.

The following could constitute fraud in the context of the Australia Awards:

  • False application supporting documents
  • False information on forms
  • Not disclosing relevant information
  • Not disclosing a conflict of interest (e.g. relationship with decision-makers)

Source: Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, January 2017

Courses Offered

Applicants must choose courses in the following priority areas (NOTE: There will be slight changes in priority areas by 01 February 2019):

  • Trade and Economics
  • Local Economic Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Peace and Development
  • Social Protection
  • Governance
  • Basic Education
  • Foreign Relations
  • Mining and Mining-related fields
  • Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Management
You may select any participating university in Australia. Please visit to search for courses and universities.
You may also refer to for a list of Australian universities.

Application Process

All candidates shall be subjected to the Australia Awards general eligibility requirements and Philippines-specific criteria and selection process. Interested candidates may submit applications online.

Special consideration for persons with disability: An English proficiency test result is not required upon submission of application. A special arrangement with English Proficiency Test provider will be done for PWD applicants who will make it to the shortlist of successful applicants after the interview.

The selection process will include an interview and take into account the applicant's academic credentials, professional and volunteer accomplishments, and potential to contribute to development in the Philippines.

Applicants shall provide complete details on their re-entry plans as part of their application.


Application Process

Stage 1:  Review of Submitted requirements

Stage 2:  Assessment and ranking of eligible candidates

Stage 3:  Panel Interview

Stage 4:  Release of results / Pre-Departure preparation


Please ensure that you have read and have met the eligibility criteria before applying.

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