Am I eligible?

See below for:
Country specific conditions
Qualification and English language requirements

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.

How you can meet all the requirements, please watch this video to guide you through the eligibility and compliance criteria:

Applications are encouraged from people with a disability for study at all levels.

Applicants with a disability must meet all academic requirements to be eligible, including English level standards, and may be eligible for additional support to ensure their equal participation.

For more information, applicants applying under the disabilities eligibility criteria should refer to the specific brochure or information on the Country-specific condition.

All scholarships must be taken up in the year for which they are awarded. Should an awardee not be able to commence study in 2021, the scholarship will be withdrawn.

Country Specific Conditions

In addition to the eligibility requirements, candidates from Timor-Leste must also meet the following conditions:

  • be usually and currently residing in Timor-Leste, and have lived in Timor-Leste for at least 10 years (cumulative) since 1999, with some exceptions for applicants working for the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) in a third country
  • if a recipient a previous scholarship, including GoTL scholarships, you must have worked in Timor-Leste for a minimum of two years
  • not have citizenship of any developed country (exceptions may be made in some instances for Timorese citizens holding Portuguese citizenship)
  • be applying to commence a new course of study at a level higher than your current educational qualification (Note: exceptions will be considered for Masters applicants who completed non-accredited Masters studies in Timor-Leste)
  • not currently hold another scholarship with the same benefits
  • not have been terminated from a previous Australian Government scholarship.

Applicants employed as civil servants must:

  • Apply for studies relevant to their current work and their organisation, and
  • Applications must be endorsed by a senior government official e.g. Director General or National Director

Application dates

For study commencing in Australia in 2021

Opening date: 1st February 2020

Closing date extended to: 30th June 2020

Applications and/or supporting documents received after the closing date will not be considered.

Qualification and English language requirements

Applicants with a disability (for diploma studies only) must have:

  1. an English language proficiency of at least an IELTS overall score of 5.0 with no more than one band score less than 4.5, and
  2. graduated from senior high school with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 7.00 or have graduated from the UNTL CBR diploma 1 with a GPA of at least 2.50

Applicants for Bachelor studies must have:

  1. an English language proficiency of at least an IELTS overall score of 5.5 with no more than one band score less than 5.0 and
  2. graduated from senior high school with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 7.00 or have graduated from the UNTL CBR diploma 1 with a GPA of at least 2.50

Masters by coursework or research and Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma level applicants must have:

  1. an English language proficiency of at least an IELTS score of 6.0 with no more than one band score less than 5.5 (or TOEFL equivalent).
  2. a recognised undergraduate degree with a GPA of at least 2.75, or a GPA below 2.75 and work experience in a relevant sector for a minimum of 2 years.

PhD level applicants must have:

  1. a GPA of at least 3.00, and
  2. and English language proficiency of at least an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no band score less than 6.0.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants must either:

> possess a certificated copy of their original English language test (IELTS) results obtained after 1 January 2020, or

> undertake an IELTS test organised by Australia Awards Timor-Leste.

"Applications are encouraged from people with a disability for study at all levels. Applicants with a disability must meet all academic requirements to be eligible, including English level standards, and may be eligible for additional support to ensure their equal participation."
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