Apply for Australia Awards Scholarship (Intake 2018) In Bhutan
Australia’s international development assistance in Bhutan targets human resource gaps in identified priority sectors. Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development.
Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.
In Bhutan, the Awards provide opportunities for study and professional development at the Master’s level, and aim to develop capacity and leadership skills so that individuals can contribute to Bhutan’s development.
Applicants will be assessed based on their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in Bhutan. Applications are strongly encouraged from eligible women, people with disability and people working in remote areas of Bhutan. At least 50 per cent of the Awards will be given to qualified women applicants.
Priority areas of study
The priority fields of study identified for Intake 2018 reflect the development needs of Bhutan and priorities agreed between the Australian Government and RGOB. They align with the objectives of Australia’s bilateral and regional aid programs.
Applicants must apply for only one field of study for which their parent agency nominates them. Applicants can submit more than one university preference in their application but not exceed three preferences.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully consider study program and institution preferences before applying. The Australian Government and RGOB will not entertain any changes to these after the application closing date.
Priority fields of study for applicants under the purview of the RCSC are found here
Priority fields of study for applicants under the purview of the MoLHR are found here
Level of study
Australia Awards Scholarships
Australia Awards Scholarships provide citizens of Bhutan with the opportunity to obtain a Master’s qualification at an Australian tertiary institution.
Australia Awards Scholarships benefits
Australia Awards Scholarships for Bhutan are offered for a maximum of two years or for the minimum period necessary for an individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian education institution, including any preparatory training.
Scholarship recipients will generally receive the following:
- Return air travel.
- A one off establishment allowance on arrival.
- Full tuition fees.
- Contribution to living expenses.
- Introductory Academic Program.
- Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of the Scholarship.
- Visa expenses.
- Supplementary academic support.
- Fieldwork allowance – for research students and masters by course work which has a compulsory fieldwork component.
- Reunion airfare (for unaccompanied awardees).
Eligibility criteria Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at:
In addition to these basic eligibility requirements, applicants from Bhutan must also meet the following country-specific conditions:
- Have completed a tertiary level qualification at least equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s degree.
- Have achieved a minimum academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; or a TOEFL paper-based test score of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English, or an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all subtests, or a Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) overall score of Bhutan: Information about Australia Awards Scholarships 58, with no communicative skill score less than 50. Scores must be valid at 1 January 2018.
- Be employed in an organisation on a full-time basis.
- Have at least three years of relevant work experience, including probation period.
- Provide an employer nomination letter from the Human Resource Officer (HRO) of the parent organisation/agency.
- In addition, applicants under the purview of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR) must also submit a nomination letter from the Department of Human Resources, MoLHR.
- Have a relevant academic background for the proposed study program that the applicant is nominated against.
- Fall under the specified target groups identified for the fields of study under the priority study areas for Intake 2018 as detailed in www.australiaawardsbhutan.org.
- Meet any other eligibility criteria specified under the BCSR 2012 or the “Guidelines for Human Resource Development support to private and corporate sector” of the Department of Human Resources, MOLHR – whichever applies.
- All applicants must submit a Development Impact Plan. Template available at: www.australiaawardsbhutan.org.
Applicants must also meet the following special conditions:
- Recipients of Awards are required to return to Bhutan for at least two years after completing their studies.
- Awards for Intake 2018 must be taken up in the same year. They cannot be deferred to a future year.
Application dates (for study commencing in 2018)
- Opening date: 1 February 2017
- Closing date: 30 April 2017
Applications or supporting documents received after this date will not be considered.