ADS – Bolsa de Estudo de Desenvolvimento Australiana – CD 17 February 2014

Australian Government-DFAT

Australian Government-DFAT


Applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship

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Australia Awards Scholarships in Timor-Leste

Australia’s international development assistance in Timor-Leste aims to assist the people of Timor-Leste to develop the qualifications, professional skills and knowledge necessary for the development of the country.

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.

Applicants will be assessed for their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in Timor-Leste.

Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability and people from the following rural areas.

Priority fields of study

The priority areas of study for Timor-Leste are:

  • Education and training
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Tourism
  • Infrastructure
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Private Sector Development

Please see attached list of specific studies that fall under the broader priority areas above.

Level of study

Australia Awards Scholarships

These Scholarships provide citizens of Timor-Leste with the opportunity to obtain an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification at an Australian tertiary institution. Scholarships are available for the following levels of study:

  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma
  • Undergraduate Studies
  • Postgraduate Studies (Masters & PhD)

Australia Awards Benefits

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the 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

• supplementary academic support and

• fieldwork allowance (for Masters by course work or PhD students).

Eligibility criteria

Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at:

In addition to these basic eligibility requirements, candidates from Timor-Leste must also meet the following country specific conditions:

  • be an East Timorese national and have lived in Timor‑Leste for at least five years;
  • be usually[1] and currently resident in Timor-Leste;
  • not hold a scholarship that would give overlapping benefits;
  • be applying to commence a new course of study at a level higher than your current qualification.
  • be able to take up the scholarship in the year for which it is offered (2015); and
  • for Civil Servants, be endorsed by your sponsoring organisation, e.g. Ministry, Statutory Authority, Agency.
  • all applicants must have very good English language skills. The overall IELTS score for diploma, advanced diploma and undergraduate level study should not be less than 5.0 (or 5.5 for postgraduate study), with no band score less than 4.5 (or 5.0 for postgraduate study).  If you have applied before and got an overall IELTS score less than what is required, you must show evidence of English language study since then;
  • applicants for postgraduate study must have a recognised undergraduate (S1) degree with a Grade Point Average of at least 2.75[2]; PhD candidates must have GPA of at least 3.0;
  • applicants for undergraduate study must have graduated from senior high school with an average final grade of 7;
  • mature age applicants (21 years old and over) with suitable levels of work experience in government, civil society or the private sector who can demonstrate a capacity to be successful in higher education studies may be eligible to apply for either diploma, advanced diploma and undergraduate or certain types of postgraduate study. They should possess a minimum of high school average final grade of 6.5 [3] and an undergraduate degree (S1) with average final grade of 2.5 and at least five (5) years of relevant professional experience; and
  • be committed to return to Timor-Leste when you finish your degree and apply your knowledge and skills to the development of Timor-Leste.

Special conditions

Applicants must also meet the following country specific conditions:

Application dates (for study commencing in Australia in 2015)

Opening date:     9 December 2013

Closing date:      17 February 2014

Applications or supporting documents received after this date will not be considered.

The application process

Hardcopy applications

Application forms can be obtained from:

  • AATL district visits between 9 December and 18 December 2013. Exact dates are available at:

  • AATL office:

Tjing Fa Ho House #01 – 01

No: 85 Bairro de Lecidere

Dili, Timor-Leste

Supporting documents

Applicants must submit with their application all of the relevant supporting documents listed in the Scholarships Policy Handbook.

Applicants must also provide the following documents to meet the specific requirements for Timor-Leste:

Document type Certified
Proof of citizenship i.e. birth certificate /passport if available and photographic identification i.e. student card/drivers licence if passport is not available. Yes
Tertiary degree certificates (Bachelors and Masters level) Yes
Academic transcripts (where they are not in English please provide an English translation) Yes
IELTS, TOEFL or PTE results Yes
Academic Referee Reports (with seal: two reports for Masters by Research applicants; one for Masters by Coursework applicants) No
Employment Referee report with seal (same template as above) No
Curriculum Vitae No
Development Impact Plan No

The selection process­

Following eligibility checking, applications will be asked to sit a preliminary English language test

The Joint Selection Committee will then short-list applicants required to undertake IELTS (International English Language Testing System) preparation and test.

The Joint Selection Committee will then short-list applicants for interview.

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Academic competence
  • Potential outcome, including contribution to development outcomes in your home country
  • Professional and personal leadership attributes
    • All successful applicants will be required to attend a pre-departure briefing
    • Applicants with an IELTS score below 6.0 may be required to undertake English language training in Dili.

Preparatory training


All applicants will receive notification as to whether they have been successful by 20 June 2014.

Further information

Further information about the Australia Awards can be found at:

Information about visas and Australia Awards Scholarship entitlements and conditions can be found in the Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at:

More general information about the Australia Awards and studying in Australia can be found at:

Contact Details

Organisation: Australia Awards Timor-Leste

Address: Tjing Fa Ho House #01 – 01

No: 85 Bairro de Lecidere

Dili, Timor-Leste

Telephone: +670 332 2621

Mobile: +670 7732 3768




Specific studies may include:

Broad area of study


Engineering & construction
  1. Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering
  3. Engineering in Civil and Construction
  4. Electrical Engineering
  5. Telecommunication
  6. Urban and Regional Plan or Urban Development
  7. Planning
  8. Information Technology
  9. Aviation Management
  10. Engineering Management (Postgrad)
  11. Energy System (Postgrad)
  12. Energy Management (Postgrad)
  13. Energy planning and Energy Policy( Postgrad)
  14. Project Management(Postgrad)
Agriculture & Environmental Studies
  1. Agriculture
  2. Agriculture Economics
  3. Agribusiness
  4. Environmental Management
  5. Environmental Policy and Management
  6.  Environmental Planning
  7. Aquaculture
  8. Fishery
  9. Fishery Management
  10. Marine Environment
  11. Maritime and Logistics Management
  12. Food Technology
  13. Forest Science and Management
  14. Land and Water management
  15. Climate Change (Postgrad)
  16. Food Security (Postgrad)
  17. Environmental Policy/Law(Postgrad)
  18. Water Resources Management (Postgrad)
  19. Plant protection (Postgrad)

Broad area of study


Health & Sciences
  1. Health Sciences
  2. Health Promotion
  3. Environmental Health
  4. Medical Sciences
  5. Medical Imaging
  6. Medical Sonography
  7. Disability Studies
  8. Food and Nutrition
  9. Laboratory
  10. Nursing
  11. Biology
  12. Chemistry
  13. Developmental Disability (Postgrad)
  14. Health Management (Postgrad)
  15. Health and Economic Policy(Postgrad)
  16. Tropical Health (Postgrad)
  17. Public Health (Postgrad)
  18. Health Administrations (Postgrad)
  19. Health Service Management and Planning (Postgrad)
  20. Health and International Development (Postgrad)
  21. Public Health and Tropical Medicine (Postgrad)
  22. Infectious Diseases (Postgrad)
  23. Reproductive Health (Postgrad)
Economics & Business
  1. Audit
  2. Accounting
  3. Business
  4. Commerce
  5. Economics
  6. Financial Planning or Financial management
  7. Human Resource Management
  8. International trade
  9. International business
  10. International development
  11. Management
  12. Customs
  13. Marketing

Broad area of study


Broad area of study


Economics & Business ctd.
  1. Taxation
  2. Statistics
  3. Population studies
  4. Supply Chain Management
  5. Geographical Information System
  6. Government and Public Management
  7. Tourism
  8. Development Studies
  9. Public Administration (Postgrad)
  10. Public Policy (Postgrad)
  11. Business Administration (Postgrad)
Education & Law
  1. Education
  2. Learning Management
  3. Organizational Learning
  4. Disability and Developmental Education
  5. Inclusive Education and Disabilities studies
  6. Community Development
  7. Social Sciences
  8. Social Work
  9.  Justice
  10. Criminology and criminal justice
  11. Policy studies
  12. Journalism
  13. Security Studies (Postgrad)
  14. Leaderships and Management (Postgrad)
  15. Management and Administration (Postgrad)
  16. Teacher Training (Postgrad)
  17. TESOL (Postgrad only for Australia)
  18. Curriculum (Postgrad)
  19. Linguistics (Postgrad)
  20. Gender studies (Postgrad)

[1] An applicant having resided for a minimum of five years (cumulative) in Timor -Leste since 1999

[2] Aligned with the most recent Ministry of Education scholarships policy

[3] Aligned with the most recent Ministry of Education scholarships policy



7 thoughts on “ADS – Bolsa de Estudo de Desenvolvimento Australiana – CD 17 February 2014

  1. hy ….? my name is nelson mira da conceicao ximenes. This is an oAfor youth, especially youth of timor-leste? I also want to follow this scholarship, as these oportunyti are very good. Thanks gbs u. ..

  2. Good morning Dear Sir/Madam I am Martinha Rosa 33 years old I was graduated in Dili University (UNDIL) 7 of december 2014 under Department of International Relation so I would lke to apply for Agriculture and Rural Development Scholarship which is offering by ADS as there are good opportunity for me to develop my Capacity in the futures

  3. Hi, I am Margareta
    firstly I am very thankful for this opportunity and yours kindness to offered it fo everyone, I am very glad and having a big desire should be apply for this scholarship, I heart I will be achieve a goal in the future.

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