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AUSTRALIA AWARDS

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships



2014 Round Applicant Guidelines

These Guidelines provide information for applicants wishing to apply for any of the following categories of Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships:
  • Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Scholarship

  • Prime Minister’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship

  • Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship

  • Endeavour Vocational Education and Training Scholarship

  • Endeavour Executive Fellowship

  • Endeavour Research Fellowship

  • Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians

  • Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship

  • Endeavour Australia India Education Council
    Research Fellowship.




These Guidelines will aid you in preparing your application. You should read them in full to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements for the Award/s.



AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships 2

2014 Round Applicant Guidelines 2

Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Scholarship 2

Prime Minister’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship 2

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship 2

Endeavour Vocational Education and Training Scholarship 2

Endeavour Executive Fellowship 2

Endeavour Research Fellowship 2

Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians 2

Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship 2

Endeavour Australia India Education Council Research Fellowship. 2

1.1Purpose of these Guidelines 20

Prime Minister’sAustralia Asia Scholarship 20

Prime Minister’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship 20

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship 20

Endeavour Vocational Education and Training Scholarship 20

Endeavour Executive Fellowship 20

Endeavour Research Fellowship 20

Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians 20

Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship 20

Endeavour Australia India Education Council Research Fellowship. 20

1.2About the Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarshipsand Fellowships 20

develop on-going educational, research and professional links between individuals and organisations in Australia and selected partner regions and countries; 20

provide opportunities for high achieving individuals from Australia and overseas to increase their skills and enhance their global awareness; 20

contribute to Australia’s position as a high quality education and training provider, and a leader in research and innovation; and 20

increase the productivity of Australia through an international study, research or professional development experience. 20

1.3Post Selection Support Services 21

a dedicated case manager; 21

pre-departure briefings; 21

provision of advice on visas, health, travel, insurance, accommodation, security and legal matters; 21

payment of allowances; and 21

reporting to the Departmenton Award Holders’ progress. 21

1.4Alumni 21

2.1Age 21

2.2Fields of Study 21

2.3Award Conditions 21

Successful recipients must sign an Award Contract with Austraining International (the Contractor of the Department) formally agreeing to the conditions of the Award, prior to commencement of their Award. 21

An Award is conditional upon the successful recipient meeting any specific conditions that are outlined in the Award Offer letter issued by the Department. 21

Successful recipients must commence their approved program and Award after 1 January 2014 but no later than 30 November 2014. 21

Applicants who have already commenced or will commence their program at their host organisation prior to 2014 are ineligible to apply. 21

International successful recipients must undertake their Award and approved program in Australia with the only exception being approved fieldwork. 21

Australian successful recipients must undertake their Award and approved program within the approved Host Country with the only exception being approved fieldwork. Successful recipients cannot undertake their Award at an offshore campus of an Australian University (excludes the internship component of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Scholarship). 21

Successful recipients must undertake the program outlined in their application, unless otherwise approved by the Department, for at least the minimum Award duration. 21

Successful recipients must abide by the rules of the host organisation/institution. 21

Any changes to the successful recipients program or itinerary must have the prior approval of the Contractor with final approval from the Department. 21

Should a successful recipient be prevented for any reason from taking up their Award within a reasonable timeframe, the Department may withdraw the offer of an Award. 22

An Award is conditional upon a successful recipient gaining and maintaining confirmed enrolment or nomination with a Host Organisation and satisfying the requirements for the issue of an appropriate entry/residence visa to the Host Country. The offer of an Award does not guarantee enrolment/nomination or the granting of a visa. It is the responsibility of the successful recipient to ensure they obtain the correct visa type for their intended stay. 22

Academic progress will be assessed against reports provided by the Award Holder, the Host Organisation and the program outlined in the Award Holders application. 22

Where the Department terminates an Award (and directs the Contractor to terminate the Award Contract) the Award Holder must immediately cease undertaking their program and return to their home country, as soon as reasonably practicable. 22

The Department may temporarily suspend an Award when it is deemed appropriate to do so. Monthly stipends are not payable during periods of suspension. 22

An Award Holder is responsible for all of the program fees and charges that exceed their Benefits. Funding is limited to the duration stipulated for each Endeavour Scholarship and/or Fellowship category. 22

The decision to take up an Endeavour Scholarship and/or Fellowship and travel overseas is the responsibility of the Award Holder. The Department will not be liable for any loss, damage, injury or harm that might be suffered during, or in connection with, the Award. Award Holders should make their own independent inquiries about the risks involved in overseas travel, and to the host country, and be fully informed about the risks at all times. Australian recipients should check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website for information about risks overseas and how they can better prepare for overseas travel. Award Holders must register with DFAT and subscribe to www.smartraveller.gov.au prior to commencement of their Award. The Department recommends that Award Holders consider organising comprehensive travel insurance covering medical costs, emergency travel and repatriation. The travel allowance can be used for this purpose. 22

Endeavour Research Fellowship recipients who have proposed to undertake postdoctoral research and who have not yet had their PhD conferred and obtained their final result must do so prior to commencing their Endeavour Research Fellowship. 22

2.4Visas 22

2.5Police Checks (Australian Award Holders Only) 23

2.6Award Suspension and Termination 23

2.7Employment 23

2.8Taxation 23

2.9Award Completion 23

2.10Travel Warnings 23

2.11Fieldwork 24

2.12Internship (Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Scholarship only) 24

A paid position with a local company or business; 24

An unpaid position with a government agency or NGO; 24

A position at an Australian Government post, if it is applicable for your field of study and they have the capacity, or 24

With an agency or organisation in Asia that the Award Holder’s Australian university has, or seeks to develop links with. 24

2.13Holding Other Scholarships 25

3.1Application Dates 26

3.2Application Process - Online 26

3.3Application Process - Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Scholarship (Outgoing Australian applicants only) 26

3.4Application Process - Manual 27

3.5Endeavour Online 27

3.6Assessment of Applications 27

3.7Selection Panels and Award Allocations 28

3.8Outcome of Applications 28

3.9Your Responsibility 28

3.10Application Assistance 29

4.1Summary of Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships 30

4.2Citizenship and/or Permanent Residency 31

4.3Participating Countries & Regions 31

5.1Summary of Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships 33

5.2Citizenship and/or Permanent Residency 34

5.3Participating (Destination) Countries & Regions 34

6.1Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship(includes Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Incoming Postgraduate Scholarship) 36

Enable high achieving international students to undertake a postgraduate qualification in their chosen field of study in Australia; 36

Strengthen bilateral ties between Australia and the participating countries; 36

Showcase Australia’s education sector; 36

Strengthen mutual understanding between the people of Australia and Award Holders' home countries, and 36

Build international linkages and networks. 36

Arecord of high-level academic achievement in the applicant’s chosen field of study, (30%); 37

Awell-defined study and/or research program, (20%); 37

A proposal that is relevant to the needs and interests of Australia and the applicant’s home country, (15%); 37

The applicant’s potential to foster ongoing collaboration and cooperation with Australia and potential to participate at a high level in the academic or wider community in their home country on return from their program, (20%), and 38

Evidence of service to the community. Unpaid service within the applicants’ field of expertise, or unpaid community service in outside capacities, (15%). 38

6.2Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarship 39

Enable students from varied backgrounds to undertake study in Australia; 39

Further develop Award Holders’ knowledge and skills in their areas of expertise; 39

Showcase Australia’s vocational education and training sector; 39

Strengthen mutual understanding between the people of Australia and Award Holders’ home countries; 39

Build international linkages and networks, and 39

Address skills shortages in Award Holders’ home countries. 39

A record of academic achievement in educational and vocational activities and a minimum of two years full-time or equivalent relevant work experience arehighly desirable. Preference may be given to applicants with work experience that is directly related to their proposed course, (30%); 40

Awell-defined study and/or research program, (20%); 40

A proposal that is relevant to the applicant’s needs and to the needs and interests of Australia and the applicants’ home country, (15%); 40

The applicant’s potential to foster ongoing collaboration and cooperation with Australia and potential to participate at a high level in the academic or wider community in their home country on return from their program, (20%), and 40

Evidence of service to the community. Unpaid service within the applicants’ field of expertise, or unpaid community service in outside capacities, (15%). 40

6.3Endeavour Research Fellowships (including Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong andAustralia India Education CouncilResearch Fellowships) 40

progress of work and/or support for the activities of an AIEC working group in an AIEC thematic area; and 41

support for the exchange of researchers and the fostering of links that will underpin the bilateral relationship into the future. 41

Enable high achieving international scholars to undertake research in their chosen field of study in Australia and for Australians to do the same overseas; 41

Further develop the social and economic environment of Australia and the participating countries; 42

Further develop Award Holders’ knowledge and skills in their field of research; 42

Strengthen bilateral ties between Australia and the participating countries; 42

Showcase Australia’s educational sector; 42

Strengthen mutual understanding between the people of Australia and Award Holders’ home countries, and 42

Build international linkages and networks. 42

A record of high-level academic achievement in the applicant’s chosen field of study, (30%); 43

A well-defined study and/or research program, (20%); 43

A proposal that is relevant to the needs and interests of Australia and the applicants home and host countries, (15%); 43

The applicant’s potential to foster ongoing collaboration and cooperation with Australia and potential to participate at a high level in the academic or wider community in their home country on return from their program, (20%), and 43

Evidence of service to the community. Unpaid service within the applicants’ field of expertise, or unpaid community service in outside capacities, (15%). 43

6.4Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians 43

Enable high achieving Indigenous Australian scholars to undertake research in their chosen field of study in a participating country; 43

Further develop the social and economic environment of Australia and the participating countries; 43

Further develop Award Holders’ knowledge and skills in their field of research; 43

Strengthen bilateral ties between Australia and the participating countries; 44

Showcase Australia’s educational sector; 44

Strengthen mutual understanding between the people of Australia and Award Holders’ host countries, and 44

Build international linkages and networks. 44

A record of high-level academic achievement in the applicant’s chosen field of study, (30%); 44

Awell-defined study and/or research program, (20%); 44

A proposal that is relevant to the needs and interests of Australia and the applicants host country, (15%); 44

The applicant’s potential to foster ongoing collaboration and cooperation with their host country and potential to participate at a high level in the academic or wider community in Australia on return from their program, (20%), and 44

Evidence of service to the community. Unpaid service within the applicants’ field of expertise, or unpaid community service in outside capacities, (15%). 45

6.5Endeavour Executive Fellowship 46

Enable high achieving professionals to further develop their skills, knowledge and leadership capabilities; 46

Deepen professional engagements between Australia and participating countries; 46

Strengthen mutual understanding between the people of Australia and Award Holders’ host countries; 46

Build international linkages and networks, and 46

Allow professionals the opportunity, on returning to their home country, to share their updated skills and knowledge with colleagues.  46

A record of good academic achievement and a minimum of five years full-time or equivalent relevant work experience arehighly desirable. Preference may be given to applicants with work experience that is directly related to their proposed activity, (25%); 48

A proposal that demonstrateshow you will enhance your existing skills and stay informed of new developments relevant to your skills and interests of your home and host country, (20%); 48

The applicant’s potential to participate fully in their profession or the wider community on their return home demonstrating how the activity will build and extend on the applicant’s leadership capabilities, (20%); 48

The potential for ongoing links between the host and home organisations, (20%), and 48

Evidence of service to the community. Unpaid service within the applicants’ field of expertise, or unpaid community service in outside capacities, (15%). 48

6.6Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Outgoing Postgraduate Scholarship 49

Develop internationally-aware, skilled future leaders; 49

Build human capital within organisations and contributing to productivity gains and innovations, and 49

Establish enduring education and professional linkages. 49

A record of high-level academic achievement in the applicant’s chosen field of study, (30%); 50

A well-defined study or research program, (20%); 50

A proposal that is relevant to the needs and interests of Australia and the applicant’s host country, (15%); 50

The applicant’s potential to foster ongoing collaboration and cooperation with the host country and potential to participate at a high level in the academic or wider community in Australia on return from their program, (20%), and 50

Evidence of service to the community. Unpaid service within the applicants’ field of expertise, or unpaid community service in outside capacities, (15%). 50

6.7Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Outgoing Undergraduate Scholarship 51

Develop internationally-aware, skilled future leaders; 51

Build human capital within organisations and contributing to productivity gains and innovations, and 51

Establish enduring education and professional linkages. 51

A record of high-level academic achievement in the applicant’s chosen field of study, (30%); 52

A well-defined study or research program, (20%); 52

A proposal that is relevant to the needs and interests of Australia and the applicant’s host country, (15%); 52

A proposal that will contribute to the achievement of personal goals, to academic success and to planned career pathways or goals, (20%)and 52

Evidence of service to the community. Unpaid service within the applicants’ field of expertise, or unpaid community service in outside capacities, (15%). 52

6.8Prime Minister’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship 53

Lead the advancement of women’s leadership in Australia and support other women to achieve their leadership aspirations; 53

Develop an internationally-aware, skilled future leader; 53

Build human capital within organisations and contribute to productivity gains and innovations, and 53

Establish enduring education and professional linkages. 53

A record of high-level academic achievement in the applicant’s chosen field of study, (30%); 54

A well-defined study or research program, (20%); 54

A proposal that is relevant to the needs and interests of women’s leadership in Australia and the applicants host country, (15%); 54

The applicant’s potential to lead the advancement of women’s leadership and foster ongoing collaboration and cooperation with Australia and potential to participate at a high level in the academic or wider community in Australia on return from their program, (20%), and 54

Evidence of service to the community. Unpaid service within the applicants’ field of expertise, or unpaid community service in outside capacities, (15%). 54

7.1Certifying Documents 54

7.2Evidence of Citizenship and/or Permanent Residency 55

Certified/attested copy of the data page of a current passport showing full name, date of birth and country of citizenship, or 55

Certified/attested copy of a birth certificate or national identity card showing full name, date of birth, and country of citizenship. If the original document is not in English, an official certified English translation must be provided. 55

7.3Evidence of Language Proficiency 55

University levelminimum – Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships, Endeavour Research Fellowships, Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australiansand Prime Minister’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships. 56

Year 12 minimum equivalent- Endeavour Executive Fellowships 56

year 10 minimum equivalent- Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarship 56

7.4Transcripts 57

Certified (attested) copy of academic transcripts (undergraduate degree minimum). This is additional to your certificate. 57

Applicants must provide one numerically weighted transcript that shows the subjects and scores. If you do not have a transcript for your PhD, you must provide a Bachelors or Masters transcript. 57

Academic transcripts must be accompanied by an explanation of the marking system. 57

If the transcript is not in English, a certified (attested) English translation must be provided. Do not include the academic transcript in the original language. 57



Certified (attested) copy of academic transcripts (equivalent to an Australian Year 10 secondary qualification minimum). This is additional to your certificate. 58

Applicants must provide one numerically weighted transcript that shows the subjects and scores. 58

Academic transcripts must be accompanied by an explanation of the marking system. 58

If the transcript is not in English, a certified (attested) English translation must be provided. Do not include the academic transcript in the original language. 58



Certified (attested) copy of academic transcripts (equivalent to an Australian Year 12 secondary qualification, or a trade or vocational qualification of a least certificate III level or above (AQF accredited minimum). This is additional to your certificate. 58

Applicants must provide one numerically weighted transcript that shows the subjects and scores. 58

Academic transcripts must be accompanied by an explanation of the marking system. 58

If the transcript is not in English, a certified (attested) English translation must be provided. Do not include the academic transcript in the original language. 58

7.5Evidence of Enrolmentin Home Country /Evidence of Expected Conferment 58

International applicants - must be currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD course in a participating country for their Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships Category or have had their PhD conferred and received their final results prior to the commencement of their Award program. 58

Applicants must provide evidence in the form of: 58

Australian applicants - must be currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD (PhD only for PM QE II)course in Australia or have had their PhD conferred and received their final results prior to the commencement of their Award program. 58

Applicants must provide evidence in the form of: 58

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD course at their Australian institution at the time of application and throughout the study component of the Award and be in at least their second year of postgraduate study in 2014. 59

Applicants must provide evidence in the form of: 59

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree at their Australia institution at the time of application and throughout the study component of the Award and be in at least their second year of a Bachelors course or expecting to commence their Honours Degree in 2014. 59

Applicants must provide evidence in the form of: 59

7.6Evidence of Admission 59

Applicants applying for an Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship must have applied for and gained admission to a Masters or PhD course in Australia and provide a formal Admission letter from their Host. Applicants may also provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) from their Host. 59

Commencement of the course must be for 2014 and stated clearly in the Admission/COE letter. If Admission has been received for 2013 (semester 1 or 2) the application will be deemed ineligible. If deferment for commencement in 2014 has been approved by the institution, evidence in the form of an updated Admission letter from the institution acknowledging that deferment has been approved for 2014 commencement must be provided. 59

Conditional Admission letters will be accepted at the time of application. Please note that you will not be funded for Masters level study leading to a PhD - you must choose one, either Masters or PhD level study. 60

Your application will be accepted if you are required to undertake a Graduate Diploma for entry into a Masters Degree. You must be accepted into both the Graduate Diploma and Masters Degree at the time of application and provide evidence in your admission documentation. 60

For the Endeavour VET Scholarship 60

Applicants applying for an Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarship must have applied for and gained admission to a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree course at an Australian vocational education institution and provide a formal Admission letter from their Host. Applicants may also provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) from their Host. 60

Commencement of the course must be for 2014 and stated clearly in the Admission/COE letter. If Admission has been received for 2013 (semester 1 or 2) the application will be deemed ineligible. If deferment for commencement in 2014 has been approved by the institution, evidence in the form of an updated Admission letter from the institution acknowledging that deferment has been approved for 2014 commencement must be provided. 60

Conditional Admission letters will be accepted at the time of application. Please note that if your admission letter contains prerequisites (i.e. certificate IV leading into a Diploma), these must be included in the admission letter. The Departmentwill not accept two separate admission letters. 60

7.7Evidence of Nomination 60

7.8Evidence of Affiliation 60

7.9Referee Reports 61

7.10Statement of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Status 61

7.11Employment Record/CV 61

7.12Evidence of Community Service 61

Charity work such as working for Amnesty International; 62

Volunteering, mentoring, coaching or instructing, umpiring or refereeing; 62

Honorary service to university organisations, such as the student union, sporting clubs or student representative council; 62

Honorary service on school or university newspapers, clubs or activities; 62

Honorary service to community organisations such as legal aid offices outside normal degree requirements; 62

Honorary service to the local area e.g. organising a voter registration campaign; 62

Election to office in community organisations; 62

Significant contributions towards reconciliation or closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage. 62

8.1Disclaimer 62

8.2False or Misleading Information 62

8.3Intellectual Property 62

8.4Conflict of Interest 63

8.5Evaluation of the Program 63

8.6Legislative Authority 63

8.7Privacy 63

to Australian Government departments and agencies; 64

to Australian Parliamentary members and committees; 64

to the Department’s contractors and agents; 64

to Universities; and 64

in publicly available promotional material, information and publications in hardcopy and/or on the internet. 64

8.8Freedom of Information 64

8.9Commonwealth Ombudsman 65
Glossary



This symbol indicates a piece of information that has been highlighted for your reference in determining your eligibility for an Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship. In many cases, this information is presented as a case study or scenario.



This exclamation mark indicates a piece of information that has been highlighted as a key task, activity or caution to assist you in completing your application for an Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship.

Academic Transcript

The list of subjects and academic results provided byinstitutions to the applicant, usually at the end of each semester, trimester or term.

Admission letter

A formal letter confirming enrolment from a host organisation/institution.

AIEC

Australia India Education Council.

Applicant

The person applying for an Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship.

AusAID

Australian Agency for International Development.

Award Contract

Contract entered into between the Contractor and Award Holders detailing each party’s responsibilities.

Award Holder

The successful applicant who receives an Australia Award Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship.

Contractor

Austraining International Pty Ltd - contracted by the Departmentto manage the post-selection support services for the Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships.

Country

Any reference to a country includes that of an economy otherwise referred to as a region.

DIICCSRTE/the Department

Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, its employees, agents and contractors.

DFAT

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

DIAC

Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

EOL

Endeavour Online System

Fieldwork

Program research activity directly related to your field of study which is undertaken during your Award outside your Host Country.

Guidelines

Australia AwardsEndeavour Scholarships and Fellowships2014 Applicant Guidelines.

Home Country

The country of citizenship and/or permanent residency of the applicant.

Host Country

The country to which the Award Holder will travel to undertake their program.

Home Organisation/ Institution

The organisation the applicant works for or the institution they attend in their country of citizenship and/orpermanent residency.

Host Organisation/
Institution


The organisation or the institution the applicant will attend for study, research or professional development in the host country. Your host must not be in a DFAT Level 4 country and/or region.

IELTS

International English Language Testing System.

Internship

Any paid or unpaid work related to the Award Holder’s field of study.

Nomination letter

Nomination form from your host confirming placement and required if you are applying for any of theEndeavour Research Fellowship or Endeavour Executive Fellowship categories.

Participating Countries

As set out in Section 4.3(International) and Section 5.3(Australians) of these Guidelines.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Person who has completed a PhD and is undertaking research.

Postgraduate Student

Student who is undertaking studies at a Masters or PhD level.

Professional Development

Professional training rather than an academic course undertaken to enhance knowledge and skills required for a person’s profession.

Proposed Program

The study, research, professional development or internship activities outlined by applicants in their application for an Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship.

TOEFL

Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Undergraduate Student

Student who is undertaking studies at a Bachelors or Honours level.


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