Please note applications for scholarships to study in Australia in 2019 are now closed.

English Language Proficiency
Applicants must either:
a) have a valid IELTS or equivalent test (IELTS, TOEFL and PTE) result obtained after 1 January 2017, or
b) undertake an IELTS test organised by the WDPTL Office.

Note: some universities require a higher IELTS score as an entry requirement and may offer conditional enrolment subject to achieving a higher score on completion of a pre-English language course in Australia.

Additional English language support may be available for people living with a disability who meet the selection criteria and are intending to apply for a scholarship in 2019.

Completing your application

Given the limited number of places, the selection process will be very competitive. Applicants should invest time and effort in developing their application and collecting the required support documentation.

What makes a strong application?

The selection process is based on merit so your application and CV need to stand out by showing the selection panel that you rank highly against the selection criteria.

The criteria covers the following three areas;

1) Academic competence
2) Professional and leadership qualities
3) Demonstrated ability to make an impact within your professional area.

Application tips and things to consider

As a first step set aside dedicated time to write your application and source all supporting documentation.

a) Make sure you demonstrate your motivation for ongoing study. For example reference any recent short courses, conferences or online study/research you’ve attended or undertaken.
b) Provide a clear rationale for your choice of course and show how your current employment links to your area of study.
c) Demonstrate your leadership qualities. For example describe where you’ve solved a problem or implemented a change in your workplace or community.
d) Detail relevant work experience and show how your career has progressed and how you’ve contributed to your workplace.
e) Highlight your English language skills. For example have you communicated in English for your job or as a community representative?
f) Demonstrate your understanding of Timor-Leste’s development challenges and how you would use your new knowledge and skills to make an impact in your professional area.

Please note:The Australian Government takes a zero tolerance approach to fraud: Education qualifications of short-listed candidates will be verified with the issuing authority. Documents deemed to be fraudulent will deem the application ineligible for further consideration and the applicant will be barred from applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship in future rounds.

Workforce Development Program Timor-Leste Office: Opening Hours for Distribution of Applications

Monday to Friday

9:00 am to 4:30 pm

The Australia Awards team will also provide information about the Scholarships to district administration centres, the Ministry of Education, non-government organisations and churches so that they can assist in building awareness of the Australia Awards Scholarships in their district.

For study in 2019, completed application forms must be submitted to the Workforce Development Program Timor-Leste Office by 30 April 2018.

Key Dates

Note: If you are considering applying for a Scholarship, early planning is essential to being able to submit a well-written and well-researched application on time. The Frequently Asked Questions page provides more information about preparing your application.

Online submission of applications 1 February – 30 April 2018
Compliance check 2 – 8 May 2018
Eligible applicants sit Preliminary English Language Test 7 – 8 May 2018
1st round additional English language course for people living with disability 28 May – 1 June 2018
2nd round additional English language course for people living with disability 4 – 8 June 2018
Shortlisting round 1 16 – 23 May 2018
Shortlisted applicants undertake IELTS preparation training 25 June – 3 July 2018
Shortlisted applicants take IELTS test 5 – 7 July 2018
Shortlisting round 2 23 July 2018
Interview training conducted 30 July 2018
Interviews conducted 31 July – 4 August 2018
Applicants advised of selection outcomes 8 August 2018
Final selection of Australian university and course of study 13 – 17 August 2018
Deadline for university placements in OASIS 25 August 2018
Awardees undertake medical checks and visa application process August – December 2018
Pre-Departure Briefing for Awardees 13 – 22 November 2018
Farewell reception for awardees 23 November 2018
Awardees depart for Australia Early January 2019

Applicants must submit with their application all of the relevant supporting documents listed below:

Required Documents Who
A certified copy of a citizenship document – birth certificate (compulsory) / and photographic identification i.e. student card/drivers licence if passport is not available All
All official university degree certificates and academic transcripts (with an English translation if original is not in English) for Masters and PhD level Masters and PhD
High school certificate and/or any tertiary results and supporting transcripts Diploma or Undergraduate PWD only
If available, IELTS results obtained after 1 Jan 2017 If available
Curriculum Vitae briefly detailing work history and responsibilities (and research if relevant to the application) All
Endorsements from your employer Civil Servants only
Two signed recent academic, professional or employment references (on letterhead) no more than 2 years old All
For Masters by research and PhD
Outline of the proposed research project (up to 1,000 words)
For PhD only – evidence (letter or email) that the applicant has received in principle support for their research topic from a potential supervisor
Details of any proposed home-based fieldwork required as part of the research;
List of relevant publications and unpublished theses

If supporting documentation is not provided, your application will be incomplete and ineligible for consideration. However certified documents will only be required should you be invited for interview. For details on documentation certification please see section 2.7.7 in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook at:

If your graduation documents have already been translated into English and formally legalised by the Ministry of Education then there is no need to repeat this process.

The selection process

Masters and PhD

Following confirmation of eligibility, applications will be assessed, ranked and shortlisted. Those applicants without a current IELTS (or equivalent) will be required to undertake a preliminary English language test (PELT).

Based on the PELT results, applicants will be selected to undertake an IELTS preparation program and testing.

Applicants with a disability at Diploma and Bachelor level

In addition o the process above, PWD applicants will b given extra support in English language preparation to sit the IELTS.

All applicants

Based on the shortlisted rankings and IELTS results a designated number of applicants will be invited for interview.

At the interview applicants will be assessed and ranked against the following criteria;

> academic competence
> professional and personal leadership attributes
> potential outcome, including contribution to development outcomes in Timor-Leste.

The ranked list after interview will then be moderated against the following criteria: gender, disability, levels of study, sectors of study and applicant access. A high ranking in the interview process will be an important consideration in moderation, but does not guarantee a place in the final provisional list of candidates recommended to DFAT.

Applicants living outside Dili should refer to the website for dates when they should make themselves available in Dili should they progress through the various assessment stages.


Applicants will be informed at each stage in the selection process if their application is proceeding further.

Applicants who are interviewed will be notified of the outcomes as soon as possible after the selection process concludes in July-August 2018.

Please note Australia Awards Scholarships are provisional until the following requirements are met:

> health and visa requirements
> institution requirements

Preparatory training

Successful applicants will be required to attend:

> course counselling
> pre-departure briefing
> university’s Introductory Academic Program
> other required preparatory study on arrival in Australia.

More than 50% of current Australia Awards Scholars from Timor-Leste are women.

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