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PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 21, 2012


Australian govt opens scholarship programs to Filipinos

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 21 (PIA) -- Want to study in Australia?

The Philippines-Australia Human Resource and Organizational Development Facility (PAHRODF), which manages the Australian government scholarship programs in the Philippines, is currently promoting the Australia Development Awards which includes the Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) and the Australian Leadership Awards (ALA).

During the orientation spearheaded by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Hazel Mae Mallillin of PAHRODF informed that these scholarships aim to develop capacity and leadership skills so that individuals can contribute to the development in the Philippines. It offers masters and PhD/doctoral degrees on basic education, social protection/welfare, peace and development, public financial management, disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, and organizational development, among others.

According to Mallillin, the scholarships are open to individuals who are from the public and private sectors planning to pursue post-graduate, masters or doctorate studies in Australia.

To qualify, interested applicants may apply on-line or submit hard copy of applications, employees of Government Institutions/Agencies must submit an Agency Endorsement Letter with their application, submit a valid IELTS or TOEFL certificate at application and meet the minimum IELTS requirements of 6.5 overall score (or TOEFL equivalent), a two years relevant work experience is required.

She further said that the assessment of all applications will be based on the combination of academic results, relevance and suitability of proposed study, and potential contribution to Philippines' development. Special consideration is also given to disadvantaged applicants who are defined as ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities.

There is no age limit; applicants who are 45 years and above are still qualified to apply, Mallillin stressed.

Scholars will be studying in a world class universities in Australia. The 2011-12 World University Rankings show that eight Australian universities are among the 100 most prestigious universities in world.

Top-ranking scholars will also be given a supplemental Australian Leadership Award (ALA), which will provide them access to leadership development opportunities while in Australia.

She informed that the Australian government has hosted over 2,000 Filipino awardees since the 1960s, and over 400 in the past five years. The new group of Filipino professionals who were awarded scholarships through the Australia Awards Development Awards for the year 2012 left last week to pursue post-graduate studies in Australia, Mallillin added.

For the year 2013, at least 120 Australia Awards scholarships will be available for the Philippines. Application period is from February 1, 2012-April 302012.

Further details on the Australia Awards are available at and or contact its Manila office :PAHRODF Level 3 JMT Bldg., ADB Avenue, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City, Philippines Phone (63 2) 638-9686 Facsimile: (63 2) 687-3518 Email: (JDP/MC-PIA CAR)

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