Australia Awards in PNG
Australian Development Awards (Scholarships) develop capacity and leadership skills so individuals can contribute to PNG’s economic and social development. Scholarships are offered for diploma, under-graduate, post-graduate and doctoral awards. Scholarships target PNG’s development priorities and build professional networks at the individual, institutional and country levels. Selection is merit based. Services provided by our PNG scholarship program include:
- promotion of scholarships program to potential applicants
- annually vetting and short-listing applicants
- supporting pre departure preparations and mobilisation of scholarship awardees
- funding a one off establishment allowance (rental bond, text books etc) and an annual contribution to living expenses
- monitoring awardee progress while undertaking study
- preparing graduates for reintegration into PNG on completion of their studies
- strengthening PNG’s professional associations and the PNG – Australia Alumni Association.
Results to date
- 181 awardees commenced study in Australia in 2011 and a further 161 will have commenced by the end of 2012. At least 50 per cent are women.
- 16 small grants were provided to PNG professional associations in 2011/12.
- 85 awardees successfully graduated in 2011 and returned to PNG. A further 166 are expected to graduate by the end of 2012.
- Since 1998 over 1,770 Papua New Guineans have had the opportunity to study in Australia.
- Scholarship Alumni are contributing specialist skills to:
- tackle complex health issues such as TB, HIV & AIDS and maternal health
- develop and maintain infrastructure vital for PNG’s economic growth
- increase agricultural production and food security
- strengthen PNG’s university and college system, enabling more young Papua New Guineans to access high quality education
- strengthen PNG’s public service so young and emerging public sector leaders are exposed to up-to-date public sector management practice.
- Scholarships provide the opportunity to build enduring professional, social and cultural linkages between Australia and PNG.
The following documents describe this initiative in more detail*. Documents are uploaded as the initiative progresses. Find out more about the aid management cycle and the documents you can expect to find.
*The Australian aid program is committed to publishing documents and data concerning Australia’s official development assistance in a way that is comprehensive, accessible and current. Our practice is to publish documents once finalised and where appropriate after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.
Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013