Awards benefits and conditions

The costs covered by the Scholarship are detailed in each awardee’s scholarship contract.

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian education institution, including any preparatory training.

 Scholarships recipients will receive the following:

    • return air travel
    • a one-off establishment allowance on arrival
    • full tuition fees
    • contribution to living expenses
    • an Introductory Academic Program
    • overseas student health cover for the duration of the scholarship
    • fieldwork allowance – for research students and masters by coursework which has a compulsory fieldwork element
    • supplementary academic support

The Australian Government additional adjustment for PWD does not provide any financial or other support for the dependants of awardees. Awardees are responsible for their family members who accompany them to Australia, including financially.

Scholarship Conditions

To ensure the development impact of Australia Awards Scholarships, all awardees must return home after completing their studies so they can contribute to Timor-Leste’s development.

Awardees need to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship and not attempt to remain permanently in Australia. Failure to do so will result in the awardee incurring a debt to the Commonwealth of Australia for the total accrued cost of their scholarship – i.e. needing to pay back the Scholarship!

Short personal visits for ongoing professional development or to retain networks with Australian organisations are permitted. However, any time spent in Australia during the two year return home period will accordingly extend the end date of the two year period.

It is important to also note that Scholarship awardees must:

  • commence the scholarship in the academic year for which it is offered
  • not hold another Australian Government scholarship at the same time as the Australia Awards Scholarship
  • participate in the Pre-Departure Briefing and the Institution’s compulsory Introductory Academic Program (IAP) upon arrival in Australia
  • reside in Australia for the duration of the Scholarship (apart from holidays, reunion visits or fieldwork visits to Timor-Leste)
  • maintain an appropriate study load and achieve satisfactory academic progress in order to complete their Scholarship within the period stipulated in their Student Contract, being aware that any employment undertaken during term times may compromise academic progress
  • liaise with the Student Contact Officer at the Institution regarding any proposed changes to the approved program because approval is required from the Institution, the Australian Government and possibly the Partner Government, before any changes are made
  • acknowledge that their Scholarship may be terminated at any time for failure to make satisfactory academic progress, failure to comply with the laws of Australia, misconduct, breaches of the conditions of the Australia Awards Scholarships or of the Student Visa or if they apply to change their visa status
  • understand that the Scholarship may also be terminated if the Australian Government becomes aware of any behaviour or illegal activity undertaken by the awardee before they accepted the Scholarship that was not disclosed at the time of application and which would have resulted in the application being rejected had it been disclosed
  • understand that information about the recipient and their dependants may be collected by and exchanged between various parties for the purpose promoting and administering the Scholarships or in relation to other development activities.

It is important to read and understand all the conditions detailed in the Scholarship Student Contract, because the above list is just a general summary.

For more information see the scholarship policy handbook click on the following link

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