Australia Awards Scholarships in Africa

Australia’s international development assistance in Africa aims to help people overcome poverty through economic development. The Australia Awards form a core part of Australia’s development assistance in Africa. The Awards develop the capacity and leadership skills of Africans to enable them to contribute effectively to development in their home country.

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 Africa.

Applications are strongly encouraged from women and people with disability.

Priority fields of study

The priority areas of study for Africa are aligned with development priorities indicated at: www.australiaawardsafrica.org

Level of study

Australia Awards Scholarships

These Scholarships provide citizens of eligible African countries with the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification at an Australian tertiary institution. Awards are available for studies at Masters-level for 11 African countries. Details of eligibility by country can be found at:www.australiaawardsafrica.org

Short Course Awards

The Australian Government also offers a range of short courses for applicants seeking targeted professional development studies in extractives governance, agricultural productivity, and public policy.  Awards are available for 22 African countries. For information on how to apply visit: www.australiaawardsafrica.org

Australia Awards Benefits

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian education institution, including any preparatory training.

Scholarship recipients will generally receive the following:

  • return air travel
  • a one-off establishment allowance on arrival
  • full tuition fees
  • contribution to living expenses
  • introductory academic program
  • Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of the Scholarship
  • supplementary academic support and
  • fieldwork allowance (for research and masters by coursework which has a research component where fieldwork is a compulsory component).

 

Equity and participation

Mechanisms and funding are available to support people with disability to participate in the Australia Awards Program. To ensure equity and broad participation, the Australian Government encourages women, people with disability, ethnic minorities, people living in rural areas and members of socio-economically disadvantaged groups to apply.

Eligibility criteria

Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at:

http://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Pages/australia-awards-scholarships-policy-handbook.aspx

Additional eligibility criteria may vary from country to country. For more details on the application guidelines and eligibility for your country, please visit the following website: www.australiaawardsafrica.org.

Special conditions

Special conditions may also differ from country to country. For more details on the conditions for your country, please visit www.australiaawardsafrica.org.

Application dates (for Masters study commencing in Australia in 2019)

Opening date:     1 September 2017

Closing date:      15 December 2017

Applications or supporting documents received after these dates will not be considered.

Application dates (for Short Course Awards commencing in 2018-19)

Opening date:     1 September 2017

Closing date:      15 January 2018

Applications or supporting documents received after these dates will not be considered.

The application process­

Electronic applications

We strongly advise applicants to submit their application and all required supporting documentation via email to applications@adsafrica.com.auusing the correct e-form.

The e-form can be obtained by sending a request via the Australia Awards website for Africa: www.australiaawardsafrica.org

Hardcopy applications

Application forms can be downloaded from: www.australiaawardsafrica.organd must be submitted to the Australia Awards offices in Nairobi, Kenya or Pretoria, South Africa, as indicated on the application form.

Supporting documents

Applicants must submit with their application all of the relevant supporting documents listed in the Australia Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at:

http://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Pages/australia-awards-scholarships-policy-handbook.aspx

Document type Certified
Proof of citizenship i.e. birth certificate /passport if available and photographic identification i.e. student card/drivers license if a passport is not available. yes
Tertiary degree certificates (Bachelors level for Masters Awards and Masters level for Ph.D. awards) yes
Academic transcripts (where they are not in English please provide an English translation) yes
IELTS, TOEFL or PTE Academic results No
Academic Referee Reports (with seal) No
Employment Referee report with seal No
Curriculum Vitae No
Reintegration Action

Plan

No
Letter from Supervisor No
Signed Signatures and Commitments Page No
Statutory Declaration Yes

The selection process­

  • Following eligibility checking, applications will be shortlisted. The selection process will also include an interview. Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:
    • Academic competence
    • Potential outcome, including contribution to development outcomes in your home country.
    • Professional and personal leadership attributes
    • Work experience and level of seniority in the organization.

Preparatory training

  • All successful applicants will be required to attend a pre-departure briefing
  • You may be required to complete the following preparatory training and or testing:
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing System to assess English language competence.

Outcomes

All applicants will receive notification as to whether they have been successful by July 2018.

Participating countries

Scholarships and Short Course Awards

  • Botswana
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia

Short Course Awards Only

  • Cameroon
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Ethiopia
  • Namibia
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

 

German Development-Related Postgraduate Courses (EPOS) • DAAD

With its development-oriented postgraduate study programmes, the DAAD promotes the training of specialists from development and newly industrialized countries. Well-trained local experts, who are networked with international partners, play an important part in the sustainable development of their countries. They are the best guarantee for a better future with less poverty, more education and health for all. The scholarships offer foreign graduates from development and newly industrialised countries from all disciplines and with at least two years’ professional experience the chance to take a postgraduate or Master’s degree at a state or state-recognised German university, and in exceptional cases to take a doctoral degree, and to obtain a university qualification (Master’s/PhD) in Germany.

Who can apply?

Graduates with at least two years’ professional experience

What can be funded?

Individual scholarships exclusively for Postgraduate courses in Germany

Duration of the funding

12 to 36 months (dependent on study programme)

Value

  • Depending on the academic level, monthly payments of 750 euros for graduates or 1,000 euros for doctoral candidates
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
  • Travel allowance, unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source of funding

Selection

  • Candidates fulfill the necessary academic requirements and can be expected to successfully complete a study programme in Germany (above-average result for first academic exam – top performance third, language skills)
  • Candidates have a Bachelor degree (usually a four-year course) in an appropriate subject
  • Candidates have at least two years’ professional experience
  • Candidates can prove their motivation is development-related and be expected to take on social responsibility and initiate and support processes of change in their personal and professional environment after their training/scholarship
  • Students from most African nations are eligible to travel.

Further information on this and other Scholarships

Brochure “Development-Related Postgraduate Courses – Educating Professionals for Sustainable Development 2018/2019”

Schwarzman Scholarships

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When you think of top colleges, Schools like Harvard and Oxford probably come to mind along with other top schools in Western Countries. China is seldom on the radar. As 21st Century geopolitics reshapes the world, the importance of engaging with China the same way we engage with the traditional Western powers is more evident. Schwarzman Scholars, a one-year masters program, which seeks to bring together the greatest academic talent from around the world including Africa, shares this perspective.

Schwarzman Scholars, founded by Blackstone CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman, is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders for the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Based at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, the highly selective, one-year Master’s degree program aims to bring together the brightest minds to explore and understand the economic, political and cultural factors that have contributed to China’s growth. The program is led by one of China’s most prominent economists, David Daokui Li, with an academic curriculum crafted by some of the most talented academic leaders from esteemed universities globally, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and Oxford. In addition to a core curriculum, scholars will focus on one of three academic disciplines: public policy, economics, and business, or international studies.

With a $500 million endowment, Schwarzman Scholars will be the single largest philanthropic effort ever undertaken in China by large international donors. The endowment will allow for fully-funded scholarships for all students, including travel costs and a personal stipend. All scholars will study and reside at Schwarzman College, a newly constructed state-of-the-art campus at Tsinghua University, designed to encourage close friendships, cross-cultural connections, and intellectual exchange.

This unparalleled opportunity is extended to 200 students each year, with 45% of scholars coming from the United States, 20% from China and 35% from the rest of the world. The program is open to students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 28 years old, regardless of nationality, who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.

“In order to create a more peaceful and prosperous future, it is crucial that the next generation of leaders forge deep relationships, authentic mutual understanding across cultures, and a dialogue of genuine respect,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman. “We are pleased to begin the process of recruiting the most exceptional young people, and to provide them with the resources necessary to grow into the leaders that will define their generation and generations to come.”

Officially launched in October of 2014, Schwarzman Scholars’ recruitment effort is building momentum globally. The first season of Schwarzman Scholars campus tours took place, with the global and China-based admissions teams visiting over 200 universities. Recruitment in Africa draws on individual universities as well as networks of young leaders from the continent to identify top talent in the region. An initial round of direct outreach via phone and email to leading universities in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana was well received, and a webinar organized for African candidates attracted more than 70 attendees. Conversations with networks such as Rhodes Mandela, the African Leadership Academy, and the Young African Leaders Initiative are helping raise awareness among potential candidates, and the program is well positioned to see strong applications from across Africa.

With the application now live on schwarzmanscholars.org, the rigorous selection process commences. In addition to evaluating applicants’ proven intellectual and academic ability, the admissions process is heavily focused on evaluating applicants’ leadership potential, the strength of character, ability to anticipate paradigm changes, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives, and positions. Those selected will have demonstrated their potential to not only benefit from but also contribute to, the Schwarzman Scholars program. Finalists will be invited to an in-person regional interview.

Visit schwarzmanscholars.org for frequently asked admissions questions and instruction on how to apply.

Participating Colleges and Universities

The following institutions have committed to offering two #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarships beginning Fall 2019. For details on a particular institution’s scholarship, please contact the school directly.

 

Adelphi University (Garden City, New York)
Albion College (Albion, Michigan)
Augsburg University (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana)
Butte Community College (Oroville, California)
California State University San Marcos (San Marcos, California)
Cedar Crest College (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
Clarkson University (Potsdam, New York)
Concordia College* (Moorhead, Minnesota)
Eastern Michigan University* (Ypsilanti, Michigan)
Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina)
George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia)
Hawaii Pacific University (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Hollins University (Roanoke, Virginia)
Illinois College (Jacksonville, Illinois)
Illinois Wesleyan University (Bloomington, Illinois)
James Madison University* (Harrisonburg, Virginia)
Johnson & Wales University (Providence, Rhode Island)
Kent State University (Kent, Ohio)
La Roche College (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Lebanon Valley College (Annville, Pennsylvania)
Loras College (Dubuque, Iowa)
Marian University (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin)
Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)
Murray State University (Murray, Kentucky)
North Central College (Naperville, Illinois)
Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts)
Ohio University (Athens, Ohio)
Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, Oregon)
Purdue University Northwest* (Hammond and Westville, Indiana)

Rutgers University-Camden (Camden, New Jersey)
Saint Leo University (St. Leo, Florida)
Saint Michael’s College (Colchester, Vermont)
Salve Regina University (Newport, Rhode Island)
Seattle University* (Seattle, Washington)
Shoreline Community College* (Shoreline, Washington)
St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, New York)
State University of New York at New Paltz (New Paltz, New York)
Temple University* (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The College of Saint Rose (Albany, New York)
The George Washington University (Washington, D.C.)
Towson University (Towson, Maryland)
Transylvania University (Lexington, Kentucky)
University of Cincinnati College of Law (Cincinnati, Ohio)
University of Dayton (Dayton, Ohio)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, Maryland)
University of Minnesota -Twin Cities* (Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota)
University of Saint Joseph (West Hartford, Connecticut)
University of South Alabama (Mobile, Alabama)
University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, Indiana)
University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Stevens Point, Wisconsin)
Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, Indiana)
Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan)
Western New England University* (Springfield, Massachusetts)
Widener University (Chester, Pennsylvania)

*Denotes the nine universities that made the original #YouAreWelcomeHere commitment.

 

Apply for admission at the participating university or college(s) of your choice. Then complete the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship application and submit it directly to the participating university or college(s) of your choice. Follow the links above for detailed information about the scholarship process at each school.

COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY REPRESENTATIVES

The deadline for institutions to join the Fall 2019 scholarship has passed. The sign-up form for the Fall 2020 scholarship will be available in May 2019.

For more information, watch a recording of the YAWH scholarship webinar which was held on Thursday, June 21st at 4pm EDT.