AusAID will accept ALA Scholarship applications for the 2010 academic year from March 19, 2009 until June 30, 2009.
The Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) program aims to develop leadership, build partnerships and linkages within the Asia-Pacific, and address priority regional issues. The ALA program is comprised of Scholarships and Fellowships. Awardees are selected from the public, private and community sectors within countries where Australia has a significant aid program.
ALA Scholarships are offered to high achievers from the Asia-Pacific region to undertake postgraduate study (Masters or Doctorate) at an Australian university. Study programs must relate to AusAID’s priority areas of disability, economic growth, education, environment, food security, gender, governance, health, human rights, infrastructure, regional stability, rural development and water & sanitation. Scholars also undertake an extensive Leadership Development Program while in Australia.
Selection for ALA Scholarships is highly competitive, based on leadership qualities and on academic excellence.
ALA Scholarships are an investment in the future of the Asia-Pacific region. In this regard, ALA scholars are required to return to their home country or the region for two years after they have completed their studies.
Goal of the ALA Scholarship Program
The goal of the ALA Scholarships program closely reflects the objective of AusAID awards. That is, through the provision of award opportunities, AusAID Awards seek to develop capacity of individuals and their workplaces to contribute to
- long-term development, stability and security of Australia’s partner countries
- establishment and maintenance of mutually beneficial linkages between partner countries and Australia, as well as within regional networks
ALA Scholarships target those whose chosen field of study equips them to play a significant role in addressing, researching or combating regional development issues. AusAID’s priority areas are disability, economic growth, education, environment, food security, gender, governance, health, human rights, infrastructure, regional stability, rural development and water & sanitation.
An ALA Masters Scholarship, taken over two years can be valued up to A$150,000.
An ALA Doctorate Scholarship, taken over four years can be valued up to A$300,000.
The amounts above include the following benefits and support:
- A Leadership Development Program worth approximately A$17,000
- Introductory Academic Program (IAP): approximately A$2,000
- Tuition fees for your approved course of study
- Return air travel to and from Australia
- Costs associated with health checks and visa applications prior to departure for Australia
- Establishment allowance on arrival: A$5,000
- Contribution to living expenses: A$26,009 per year (2009 rate, reviewed annually)
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only)
- A study enrichment allowance (SEA) to contribute towards field research, academic support, conference participation or the award holder’s reunion travel costs: A$2,000 per year (cumulative)