The Australian government has opened applications for the 2014 round of its masters-level and ph.d postgraduate scholarships as well as for 2013 short course awards.A statement from the embassy stated that up to 380 masters-level and 20 ph.d awards in agriculture will be available for postgraduate studies commencing in 2014. Also six hundred short course places in 17 specialised fields will be available for 2013.
The statement further noted that the number of Australian Development Scholarships available for African professionals has increased ten-fold over the past three years with 1000 africans from 51 eligible countries to benefit annually. One quarter of all Australian development scholarships are now directed to africa.
According to Mr ian McConville, Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, ‘’Ausralian scholarships play an important role in increasing the capacity of africans while fostering friendship and cooperation between Australia and Africa. These awards are central part of the Australian government’s development cooperation program in Africa,’’
Pilot investigation reveal that Australian scholarships are focused in areas where Australia is recognised as having world-leading expertise, including agriculture and food security, health, mining and natural resource management, public policy, water and sanitation.
Qualifying applicants enjoy a range of benefits including the full cost of tution, training materials, accomodation, living expenses, health insurance for basic medical and hospital care in australia, and travel.
Australia scholarship awards promote equal participation by both women and men with the aim of achieving gender balance, Providing people with disabilty with a fair and equal opportunity to compete for and obtain life set goals,and so on. The Australian government has put mechanisms in place to support applicants and awardees requiring specific assistance.
Nigerian profesional applicants have been benefitting from postgraduate development scholarships sponsored by the Austrlian government.
Scholarship priority sectors for Nigerian applicant are agriculture and food security, education, health, natural resource management including mining and public policy.
Latest developments from the organisers say that about thirty- one Nigerian profesionals have been selected for long term postgraduate scholarships with studies begining in 2013. This is in addition to a further 49 Nigerians who were awarded Austrailian government scholarships for studies during 2012.
Two Nigerians have also been selected for Australian leadership award scholarship, ALAS which include masters-level scholarships along with additional leadership training and mentoring. Two-hundred ALAS are available globally for awardees who demostrated strong leadership skills that can influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes.
The number of Australian development scholarship available for African professionals has increased ten-fold over the past three years with 1000 african professionals from 51 eligible countries set to benefit annually. One-quater of all australian development scholarhips are now directed to africa.