People with Disability

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Apply for a prestigious Australia Awards Scholarship

The Australian Government is seeking to provide Australia Awards Scholarships to Timorese people with disabilities. For Study in 2018, one or more scholarships will be available for an applicant with disabilities (subject to the Scholarship Selection Panel identifying suitable applicants). A suitable applicant will demonstrate the greatest potential to successfully complete their course and return home to contribute to the future development of Timor-Leste. People with disabilities are also eligible to be awarded a Scholarship through the regular scholarship stream, competing with all other candidates.

Level of study available for people with disabilities:

  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma
  • Bachelor and Associate Degrees (undergraduate)
  • Master’s Degree and PhD


The Selection Process selects Provisional Candidates not Awardees.

Through the application and selection process which runs from early February to early August 2018, if you are selected you become a provisional candidate. You do not become a Scholarship awardee until a university accepts your application for admission. You can find out more about selection processes in our general information brochure and through briefings held from January to February 2018.

For applicants with disabilities, the Australia Awards Timor-Leste (AATL) office will make appropriate adjustment to the selection process to allow your application which will be assessed on merit.

If you are awarded a Scholarship, the Australia Government and your university will work with you to reduce barriers to enable you to live and study in Australia for the duration of your award.

AATL will undertake an assessment of your academic and pastoral needs and, in negotiation with you and your chosen university, we will ensure you are well prepared and resourced to successfully complete your award.

Depending on the type of your disability, assistance might include, help to find appropriate housing, additional academic and English preparation, communication software, support during lectures, regular contact from AATL, additional tutoring and so on.

What course can I study and at which university?

Decisions about your level of study, course and university may require careful consideration between AATL, you and the Australia Awards Disability Technical Advisor. Discussions will focus on ensuring your course, institution and location have adequate supports to cater for disability related barriers.

What you need to do

In order for AATL to assess appropriate support, applicants with disability are requested to disclose your disability in your application form and provide details of your disability when contacted by AATL staff. As an applicant with a disability you will be requested to provide a medical report of your disability and complete a DFAT Disability Assessment Form.

The information will be used for the purpose of assessing the likely support required and will not be considered negatively in the selection process. This private information is handled according to Australia’s strict privacy laws and will be disclosed only on a need-to-know basis for the purpose of facilitating an accessible barrier-free environment for the Awardee.

Silvestre Ximenes on award student with a disability at Canberra Institute of Technology

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