Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) are long term development awards administered by AusAID. ADS aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements. They provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.
The study and research opportunities provided by ADS develop skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to the development outcomes of their own country.
ADS are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training. The following benefits generally apply:
1. full tuition fees
2. return air travel—payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route
3. establishment allowance—a once only payment of A$5,000 as a contribution towards as accommodation expenses, text books, study materials
4. Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) is a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by AusAID. From 1 July 2009, CLE payable to students studying under the Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) is A$25,000.
5. Introductory Academic Program (IAP)—a compulsory 4-6 week program prior to the commencement of formal academic studies covering information on life and study in Australia.
6. Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only)—provided to cover the student’s basic medical costs (with the exception of pre existing conditions)
7. Pre-course English (PCE) fees—if deemed necessary PCE may be available for students for in-country and/or in-Australia training
8. Supplementary Academic Support (Tutorial Assistance)—may be available when essential to improve the student’s performance to ensure their academic success
9. fieldwork (for research students only)—may be available for eligible research students for one return economy class airfare via the most direct route to their country of citizenship or within Australia.
Applicants who are offered an Australian Development Scholarship will be required to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship and the ADS Handbook. Partner governments may also apply their own separate conditions to the scholarship.
Awardees are required to return to their country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship, to contribute to the economic and social development of their country. Failure to do so will incur a debt to the Commonwealth of Australia for the total cost of the scholarship.