Eligibility Criteria

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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.

To be eligible to receive an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants must:

  • be a minimum of 18 years of age on 1 February of the year of commencing the scholarship;
  • be a Filipino citizen and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from the Philippines;
  • have at least two years cumulative work experience after graduation from Bachelor's degree
  • not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or  be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently;
  • not be married to, 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]);
  • 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 be a current serving military personnel
  • not have previously received a 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);
  • 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);
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Home Affairs 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;
  • Not be applying for a scholarship for a course of study at an academic level lesser than they have already achieved (eg be applying for a Master’s scholarship when they already hold a PhD); and
  • Applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Program Areas (including locally engaged staff at post) or with managing contractors so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.

Aside from the general eligibility requirements above, nominees from the targetted category should also need to fulfill 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)

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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.

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