Application, Assessment Process and Required Documents

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Before submitting an application for an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants MUST read both the Scholarships Policy Handbook and the Sri Lanka Country Profile.
All details about Australia Awards Scholarships are contained in the Handbook. Sri Lanka-specific information is contained in the Country Profile.

Information Sessions

Information Sessions about the Australia Awards Scholarship eligibility criteria, application process and other details will be held every Thursday at 5.00 pm at the Australia Awards Sri Lanka office at 75 1/1 Kynsey Road, Colombo 08 beginning Thursday, 15th February 2018 and ending Thursday, 12th April 2018. For details on Information Sessions at other locations including Priority Districts, please contact the Australia Awards Office on the given details.

Application, Assessment Process and Required Documents

What documents must be submitted as part of the application?

A table of required documents can be found here. These documents must be submitted with an application. Failure to do so may make an application ineligible. Documents requiring certification are specified in the table. Submitting documents without proper certification can also make an application ineligible. If a document is not in English, a certified translated copy must be submitted. The Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook can guide you on how to certify your documents.


What is the timetable for applications?

Applications open 1 February 2018 and will close 30 April 2018. Late applications will not be considered.

Interview of shortlisted applicants will take place between June and July 2018.

Final results will be released by August 2018. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by August 2018 at the latest.


How do I submit an application?

Applications must be submitted online, through the Online Australia Awards Scholarships Information System (OASIS) at oasis.dfat.gov.au.


Are paper/hardcopy applications acceptable?

No.


How are applications assessed?

Complete and eligible applications are assessed and ranked based on the applicant’s professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, potential to have a positive impact on development challenges in their home country.


What is a Development Impact Plan?

The Development Impact Plan (DIP) records how you hope to contribute to the development of Sri Lanka when you return from your studies in Australia. It is a mandatory document for Australia Awards South and West Asia Scholarship applications and must be submitted through OASIS before the application deadline.

The purpose of the DIP is to help you establish a link between your professional requirements (human resource gaps), the course of study in Australia and development priorities of Sri Lanka. The DIP seeks to articulate practical and realistic tasks showing how you plan to apply the skills and knowledge gained from your studies in Australia. You will also need to demonstrate the feasibility of the tasks you have identified by highlighting the possible constraints and the resources that you may need in order to implement them.

The DIP is updated at various points of the award cycle (Pre-Departure Briefing, Return Home Workshop, and Reintegration Workshop).

You can download the template for the DIP here.


How do I get started?

You must carefully check that:

  • your proposed course aligns with a Field of Study listed for one of the Priority Development Sectors for Sri Lanka
  • you satisfy all university enrolment requirements, including English language proficiency.

What awards are available?

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for study at Master’s degree-level by course work or research, for courses not less than 1 year nor longer than 2 years in duration.


What Fields of Study are available for study commencing in 2019?

Please see the list of priority Fields of Study by clicking here.