Australia Awards Fellowships


March 10, 2016

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Australia Awards Fellowships

Australia Awards Fellowships offer Australian organisations, from all sectors, the opportunity to deepen and broaden their links with leaders and professionals in developing countries. By providing opportunities for Fellows to undertake short term study and professional development in Australia, they aim to:

  • strengthen partnerships and links between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries, in support of Australia's economic diplomacy and public diplomacy objectives; and
  • increase the capacity of developing countries to advance priority foreign affairs and development issues of shared interest at the country, sub-regional and regional levels.

Fellowships target current and future leaders and mid-career professionals who will be in a position to advance priority foreign affairs and development issues on their return home. Fellowship activities are aimed at providing high-quality training, exchange of expertise, skills and knowledge, and opportunities to enhance networks on issues of shared interest.

Grant funding of up to $25,000 per Fellow is offered on a competitive basis to Australian organisations to support a range of professional development activities. Fellowship activities may include a combination of short-term study and/or training, professional development, networking and work experience, and are delivered in Australia by the Australian Host Organisation for Fellows from eligible countries. Australia Awards Fellowships do not fund study that results in an academic qualification, as these opportunities are provided under Australia Awards Scholarships.

DFAT invites Australian organisations to submit applications that align with the aims of the Australian Government’s development policy Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stabilityand the Australia Awards Fellowships program.  Applicants must identify the foreign affairs and development policy theme that is the focus of their Fellowship proposal from the list of aid program priority areas identified in the Round 16 Guidelines.

Eligible applicants

Australian organisations with on-going links to overseas counterpart organisations in eligible countries are eligible to apply for an Australia Awards Fellowship. As a pilot in Round 16, DFAT will support high quality applications from Australian organisations requesting funding to establish new organisational links, where the applicant demonstrates a strong understanding of the country context.

Australian organisations must be legal entities with an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Overseas organisations and individuals are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship. They may, however, initiate contact with an Australian organisation to explore the organisation’s interest in applying for a Fellowship grant.
Study opportunities for individuals from developing countries are available under Australia Awards Scholarships.

Previous Fellowships

Two fellows attended a three-week intensive program on climate change mitigation in the Pacific.

Fellowships funded under previous rounds:

Changes to Round 16

Please note the following new features in Round 16:

  • Australian organisations may request additional funding of up to $10,000 for bilateral Fellowships and $20,000 for multilateral Fellowships to conduct eligible follow-up activities in the partner country or regions.
    • Fellows participating in follow-up activities in their home countries will be required to complete the Fellows Completion Survey in two parts.
  • DFAT will pilot offering support to Australian organisations establishing new links where the applicant has demonstrated a strong understanding of the country and context in which they propose to work.
  • Two new themes have been added to the list of development issues:
    • Innovation and Science fellowships, which advance the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda through international exchange to promote links between research and institutions and businesses; and
    • Tropical Health and Medical Research.
  • The maximum number of nominated Fellows per Fellowship is 15.
  • The maximum cost per Fellows has been capped at $25,000.
  • Grant recipients must have the capacity to complete the Activity Completion Report (ACR)/grant acquittal within 45 days of the Fellowship concluding.
    • Late submissions will receive a penalty score in future funding rounds.
  • All Fellows must sign and return a Child Protection Code of Conduct attached to their Acceptance of Award letter of offer.

How to apply

Australian organisations must read the Round 16 Australia Awards Fellowships Guidelines before applying.  Applications must be lodged online at Round 16 will open 1 February 2016 and close 10 March 2016.

Additional resources

Additional resources to assist in preparing your application or acquitting your grant funding:


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