The Australia Awards Scholarships (AAS) 2021 intake will open for applications on the 1st February 2020.

How to apply

See below for:
How to complete an application
Key dates and documents

Online applications are highly recommended. You can apply online at: For assistance in lodging your application on OASIS, please refer to the OASIS user guide.

You can also download a copy of the application form by clicking on the following link Australia Awards Scholarships Application form 2020 Intake or visit the WDPTL Office in Dili to pick up a hard copy of the form. Opening Hours are Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

The Australia Awards team will also provide information about the scholarships to municipal administrative posts, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, non-government organisations and churches so that they can assist in building awareness of the Australia Awards Scholarships in their municipality.

Completing your application
The selection process is 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. Proven ability to make an impact within your professional area.

Application tips and things to consider
Make time to write your application and source all supporting documentation.

a) 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.

For study in 2020, completed application forms must be submitted to the Workforce Development Program Timor-Leste Office by 30 April 2019.

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 2019
Compliance check 2 – 17 May 2019
Eligible applicants sit Preliminary English Language Test 23 – 24 May 2019
1st round additional English language course for people living with disability 3 – 14 June 2019
Shortlisting round 1 announced 12 June 2019
Shortlisted applicants undertake IELTS preparation training 17 – 28 June 2019
Shortlisted applicants take IELTS test 4 – 6 July 2019
Shortlisting round 2 – applicants advised of interview 19 July 2019
Interview preparation workshop 22 July 2019
Interviews conducted 24 – 31 July 2019
Applicants advised of selection outcomes 9 August 2019
Finalise preferences for Australian university course of study 16 August 2019
Deadline for university placements in OASIS 25 August 2019
Awardees undertake medical checks and visa application process August – December 2019
Pre-Departure Briefing for Awardees 18 – 22 November 2019
Farewell reception for Awardees 29 November 2019
Awardees depart for Australia Early January 2020

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

Required Documents Who
A certified copy of your National Identity Card All
A certified copy of your birth certificate All
All official university degree certificates and academic transcripts (with an English translation if original is not in English). Note if no GPA is recorded on the transcripts please provide a statement from the university that confirms GPA equivalence Masters and PhD
High school certificate academic report and diploma certificate Diploma or Undergraduate
If available, IELTS results obtained after 1 Jan 2019 If available
A current Curriculum Vitae briefly detailing work history and responsibilities (and research if relevant to the application) Refer to preferred format on Australia Awards website All
Two signed referee reports: at least one academic and one other (e.g. work supervisor) signed referee reports (on letterhead). Refer to preferred format on Australia Awards website. You can find template on the following link Australia Awards Referee Template Diploma, undergraduate and Master by Coursework
Two signed recent academic referee reports. Refer to preferred format on Australia Awards website. You can find template on the following link Australia Awards Referee Template Master by Research and PhD
Evidence (letter or email) that the applicant has received in-principle support for their research topic from a potential supervisor PhD only
Applicants must also provide the following documents to meet the specific requirements for Timor-Leste
Endorsement from your employer (for Civil Servants) Civil Servants only
Outline of the proposed research project (up to 1,000 words) PhD and Masters by Research only
Details of any proposed fieldwork with indicative timelines: PhD only

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.

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 all levels
In addition to the process above, PWD applicants will be 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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