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Information for awards commencing in 2013 Development Awards in Laos

Australias international development assistance in Lao PDR aims to align support with the Government of Laos own development goals in areas crucial to Laos long-term development and in areas in which Australia has expertise, namely: Basic education - building on past success, drawing on our understanding of the sector to develop new approaches and closer partnerships with the Government of Laos and other donors; Rural development - enhancing Laos capacity to meet basic food needs, build agricultural markets and diversify livelihood opportunities, particularly in the poorest areas of the country and retaining a role in unexploded ordinance (UXO) clearance work; Inclusive growth - through trade and investment by building human resources, helping Laos integrate into regional markets and developing a broader-based, more resilient national economy. We will also pursue other key outcomes, including policy reform, engagement in regional and global markets and setting the conditions for new enterprise development. Natural Resources Management - support management of the mining and hydropower industries and river basins. This includes support for the drafting and implementation of policies and laws which in turn provides certainty to private sector investors, and leads to better environmental and social outcomes. Development Awards are administered by AusAID and aligned with Australias development assistance in Laos, targeting human resource gaps in identified priority sectors. They aim to provide successful applicants with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence economic and social development. AusAID offers Development Awards on the basis of merit, transparency and equal access. We strongly encourage applications from women, people with disability, and people from ethnic groups.

Priority Sectors
The priority areas of study for Australian Development Awards in Laos are: Education Economic Growth Rural Development Natural Resources Management.

Type and Level of Awards

Australian Development Scholarships

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These are long term development scholarships providing people with the opportunity to obtain tertiary qualifications at an Australian tertiary institution. Australian Development Scholarships are available each year for Lao nationals to study in Australia at TAFE, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels with the aim of awarding scholarships equally across the levels of study, taking into account gender and Public and Open distribution. Australian Leadership Award Scholarships In addition, top applicants will be nominated for the prestigious Australian Leadership Award Scholarship. These extra entitlements will include a Leadership for Development Program designed to enhance leadership knowledge and skills. Recipients will be brought together with other Australian Leadership Award Scholarship awardees for leadership training, development discussions and the chance to build valuable networks. Selections will be based on the applicants professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential impact on development challenges in their country or region. http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/public ations.cfm You must also meet the following specific requirements for Laos: Must be a Lao citizen. Must have been residing in the Lao PDR for a minimum of two years prior to 30 April 2012. For comprehensive details on the eligibility criteria, please refer to the application pack. This can be obtained from the Lao-Australian Scholarships Office or from www.laoaustralianscholarships.com.

Special Conditions
You must also meet the following country special conditions: Must select a field and level of study appropriate to his/her qualifications, expertise and experience. Master Degrees in addition to a relevant degree must have a minimum of three years relevant work experience. Re-Entry Action Plan (REAP) Australian Development Scholarship awardees are required to submit REAPs endorsed by their supervisors prior to commencing their scholarships, and to implement these

Eligibility Criteria
You must meet all of the eligibility requirements detailed in the Scholarships Handbook, available at:

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in the workplace upon completion of study. All candidates Birth certificate (English) Family Book (Lao and English versions) Certificate of Residence (English) Certificate for highest level of education (Lao and English versions) Academic transcript for highest level of education (Lao and English versions). GoL Employees and Open candidates who are employed by the GoL Completed, signed and stamped GoL approval letter (English). PhD candidates Letter from Employer detailing dates of employment and responsibilities at work (English) Letter of support from a PhD Supervisor from an Australian University (English) Completed Proposal Template for PhD Research (English). Unemployed or self-employed candidates Referee reports from two people who can verify your work experience (English).

Application dates for study commencing in Australia in 2013

Opening date: Closing date: 13 February 2012 5.00pm 30 April 2012

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

The Application Process

Online applications Not available to candidates from Laos. Hardcopy applications Applications must be submitted in hardcopy by the published closing date. Application forms can be obtained from the Ministry of Education in Vientiane Capital, Provincial Education Services and the Managing Contractor, Vientiane College. Application forms can also be obtained from www.lao-australianscholarships.com 1

Supporting Documents
In addition to the documents listed in the Scholarships Handbook, you must also provide these documents with your application to meet the specific requirements for Laos:

The Selection Process

The selection process will include an interview (40 per cent) and take into account candidate performance on the
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Screening Test (40 per cent), the extent to which the planned area of study is within the GoL priority areas (10 per cent), and the applicants prior academic record (10 per cent). Applicants who are shortlisted by the JSP for consideration for an ADS supplementary award will have their leadership potential further assessed in a second interview.

Contact Details
Organisation: Lao-Australian Scholarships Office Address: Vientiane College, 23 Rue Singha, Vientiane, Lao PDR Telephone: 021 414873 Email: australian.scholarships@vientianecolleg e.com Website: www.laoaustralianscholarships.com

Preparatory Training
AusAID recognises that adequate preparation is crucial to academic success and includes a pre-departure training program for Lao awardees. Depending on English language levels awardees the majority of awardees will undertake a 12 month intensive predeparture training in Vientiane to prepare them for the rigors of tertiary study in Australia.

Further Information
Further information about AusAID and the various Australian tertiary institutions and courses can be found at: http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/studyin.cfm More general information about the Australia Awards, studying in Australia and AusAID can be found at www.australiaawards.gov.au http://studyinaustralia.gov.au/ www.ausaid.gov.au
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