Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria

Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at: https://www.dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/australia-awards-scholarships-policy-handbook

English Language Proficiency

Applicants must have achieved an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 or higher (with no band less than 6.0) or an equivalent TOEFL or PTE score. Scores must be valid at 1 January 2023.

Commencement of Study

All scholarships must be taken up in the year for which they are awarded. Should an awardee not be able to commence study by November 2023, the scholarship will be withdrawn.

Country-Specific Conditions

In addition to the eligibility requirements, candidates from Papua New Guinea must also meet the following conditions:

  • be applying for a course that demonstrates contribution to a priority sector; and
  • have a minimum of two years’ work experience in their professional field.

Public Category Applicants

In addition to the basic eligibility requirements, public servant candidates must also meet the Government of Papua New Guinea requirements, including:

  • employment in a public sector agency for two years; and
  • nomination from the candidate’s employment agency and endorsement from the Department of Personnel Management.

Public Category applicants should familiarise themselves with General Order, No. 6 available from the Department of Personnel Management’s website: www.dpm.gov.pg

Can I apply for an Australia Awards PNG Scholarship?

□ I am a citizen of PNG and I reside in PNG

□ I have at least two years’ work experience in my employment sector

□ I work in one of the priority sectors:

  • agriculture
  • education
  • governance
  • health
  • law and justice
  • transport and infrastructure

□ I am applying for a progressive tertiary qualification (i.e. a masters degree if I already have a bachelor degree; another masters in a different subject area or field of specialisation if I already have a masters from a PNG institution)

□ I am committed to returning to PNG

□ I am able to meet the Australian visa requirements (subclass 500)

□ I am not applying for a visa to live in Australia

To be eligible to receive an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants must also:

  •  be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the scholarship
  • apply for the scholarship from PNG
  • not be married, engaged or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection or mobilisation phases of the scholarship
  • not be currently serving military personnel
  • not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently
  • not be applying for another long-term Australia Awards Scholarship unless you have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time you were in Australia
  • be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken

People working in provincial locations, women and people with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.