The following information aims to provide applicants with an understanding of Australia Awards Fiji and Tuvalu’s selection process.
All applications are considered on merit and in competition, providing equal opportunity to all applicants.
Late applications will not be accepted.
All applications will undergo an eligibility check against the global Australia Awards criteria and specific country criteria. Please ensure you meet these criteria before commencing your application. Note the priority sectors and country specific criteria are reviewed and may change each year. If you have any questions or concerns about your eligibility, please contact Australia Awards.
All applications will also undergo a compliance check to ensure all necessary documents are submitted and certified by an authorized person, at one of the following:
- The official records department of the institution that originally issues the document/s, or
- An Australian overseas diplomatic mission, or
- A notary public.
Applications may be deemed ineligible if they do not meet the requirements.
If you have any questions or concerns about your eligibility, please contact Australia Awards.
Assessment & ranking
Eligible applicants will progress to the next stage and undergo an independent assessment and scoring process. Assessments will be undertaken in line with the global criteria:
- academic competence,
- personal and professional leadership qualities and
- most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in their home country.
Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an individual interview with a Panel consisting of representatives from the Government of Australia and Fiji/Tuvalu.
Shortlisted applicants may also be required to undertake a written test.
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email.
Due to the large number of applications received each year, Australia Awards is unable to provide tailored feedback. However, applicants are encouraged to revisit the eligibility criteria and priority sectors in subsequent years and, if eligible, reapply. Below are some of the commonly sighted reasons for not being shortlisted for interview;
- Competitiveness of the process – applicant score was lower than competing applicants’ scores and therefore not shortlisted based on merit.
- The proposed course is not a priority for the intake year and hence not supported by Australia Awards Fiji & Tuvalu.
- Applicant did not meet the academic and/or work requirements.
- Applicant is not a citizen of Fiji/Tuvalu and/or currently residing in Fiji/Tuvalu.
- Applicant was applying for Australian or New Zealand citizenship at the time of application, or declared that they are intending to.
- Applicant already holds the same level of qualification for which they are applying for (e.g. applicant has a Master degree and was applying for another Master degree.)
- Applicant was serving another scholarship bond at the time of application.
- Required documentation was not attached to the application.
- The proposed course is available locally, hence application to study in Australia is ineligible (for AAS only).
Australia Awards has a dedicated Information Centre with internet, computing and printing services available. The Centre also has resources on participating Australian institutions. The Centre is open from Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm. No appointment is necessary, however, Covid-19 restrictions may apply.