The Australia Awards Scholarships (AAS) 2021 intake will open for applications on the 1st February 2020 – 30th April 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: https://oasis.dfat.gov.au. 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. Potential outcome, specifically the contribution to development outcomes in Timor-Leste
3. Professional and personal leadership skill attributes including relevant work experience.

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 2021, completed application forms must be submitted to the Workforce Development Program Timor-Leste Office by 30 April 2020.

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 2020
Eligibility and Compliance check 1 – 8 May 2020
Eligible applicants sit Preliminary English Language Test 14 – 15 May 2020
1st round additional English language course for people living with disability 25 May – 5 June 2020
Shortlisting round 1 announced 4 June 2020
Shortlisted applicants undertake IELTS preparation training 8 – 22 June 2020
Shortlisted applicants take IELTS test 30 June – 2 July 2020
Shortlisting round 2 – applicants advised of interview 17 July 2020
Interview preparation workshop 21 July 2020
Interviews conducted 22 – 29 July 2020
Applicants advised of selection outcomes 5 August 2020
Finalise preferences for Australian university course of study 10 – 14 August 2020
Deadline for university placements in OASIS 25 August 2020
Awardees undertake medical checks and visa application process August – December 2020
Pre-Departure Briefing for Awardees 16 – 02 November 2020
Farewell reception for Awardees 27 November 2020
Awardees depart for Australia Early January 2021

Applicants must be available on the following indicative dates to:

  • Undertake an initial English language assessment in May 2020
  • Attend optional English language training for shortlisted applicants with a disability (June 2020)
  • If required attend IELTS preparation training in June 2020 (up to 40 hours)
  • If necessary short-listed applicants sit the IELTS test in early July 2020
  • Attend a half-day briefing and face-to-face interviews late July 2020

All successful applicants will be required to attend a pre-departure briefing in November 2020.

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

Required documents for Diploma and Undergraduate level Certified
Proof copy of citizenship i.e. BI, Eleitoral or Passport No
A copy of your birth certificate (RDTL) No
Current Curriculum Vitae. Refer to preferred template on Australia awards website No
Minimum of current two reference letters in English. Refer to preferred template on Australia Awards website. No
Third year transcript (English Version & copy of original) Yes
Graduate diploma (English Version & copy of original) Yes
If available, IELTS results obtained after 1 Jan 2020 or in accordance with the specific requirements of the preferred university No
Required documents for Master by research, coursework, Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma level Certified
Proof copy of citizenship i.e. BI, Eleitoral or passport No
A copy of your birth certificate (RDTL) No
Current Curriculum Vitae. Refer to preferred template on Australia awards website No
Minimum of current two reference letters in English (Academic & current employment). Refer to preferred template on Australia awards website No
All Official university degree certificates and academic transcript (English & copy of original). Note: if no GPA recorded on the transcripts please obtain a statement from the university that confirms GPA equivalence                                 Yes
If available, IELTS results obtained after 1 Jan 2020 or in accordance with the specific requirements of the preferred university No
Additional required documents for Master by Research &PhD level Certified
Two signed recent academic referee reports for PhD and Master by Research Candidate only. Refer to preferred Template on Australia Awards website No
Evidence (letter or email) that the applicant has received in-principle support for their research topic from a potential supervisor (for PhD Candidate)  No
Outline of the proposed research project (up to 1,000 words) No
Details of proposed fieldwork with indicative timelines No
Additional required documents for Public Servant only   Certified
Endorsement from your employer (Line Supervisor, Director General or National Director) No

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

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

  1. Applications will be shortlisted after eligibility checking.
  2. Those applicants without a current IELTS (or equivalent) will be required to undertake a Preliminary English Language Test (PELT).
  3. Shortlisted applicants without a current IELTS will be required to undertake an IELTS preparation course and test.
  4. Highly ranked shortlisted applicants who meet the IELTS requirements will be invited for interview.

In the interview, applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:
> Academic competence
> Potential outcome, specifically the contribution to development outcomes in Timor-Leste
> Professional and personal leadership attributes including relevant work experience.

5. Successful candidates will be notified early August 2020.

Outcomes
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 2020.

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.

Successful applicants will be awarded a provisional award, pending acceptance from the preferred university.

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

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