Australian Leadership Awards (ALA)

Australian Leadership Awards (ALA)
Deadline: 30 June 2008

ALA Scholarships are academically elite awards offered to high achievers from the Asia-Pacific region each year to undertake postgraduate study (Masters or Doctorate) and a Leadership Development Program (LDP) in Australia. Awards are open to all fields of study, however, study programs that relate to the priority themes of international trade, pandemics, security and climate change (including clean energy) are encouraged. Scholarships are not available for military training, or training in areas related to nuclear technology and flying aircraft.

Outstanding applicants must have:

a very high level of academic achievement at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level
a high level of English language proficiency
demonstrated leadership potential and good prospects to influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes in their home country and in the Asia-Pacific region
a commitment to participate ASAN on their return home.

Applicants seeking to migrate to Australia should NOT apply.

An ALA Masters Scholarship, taken over two years can be valued up to A$150,000.
An ALA Doctorate Scholarship, taken over four years can be valued up to A$300,000.

The amounts above include the following benefits and support:

A Leadership Development Program worth approximately $17,000
Introductory Academic Program (IAP): approximately $2,000
Tuition fees for your approved course of study
Return air travel to and from Australia
Costs associated with health checks and visa applications prior to departure for Australia
Establishment allowance on arrival: $5,000
Contribution to living expenses: $26,009 per year (commencing July 1, 2008)
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only)
A study enrichment allowance (SEA) to contribute towards field research, academic support, conference participation or the award holder’s reunion travel costs: $2,000 per year (accumulative)

In future years, ALA scholars will belong to a unique group – the Australian Scholarships Alumni Network (ASAN) – that will maintain strong and enduring links to Australia. Managed by AusAID as part of Australia’s overseas aid program, ALA Scholarships are open only to citizens of countries in the Asia-Pacific region with which Australia has a significant aid program.

The LDP comprises a three day conference in Canberra, regional workshops and leadership coaching and practice opportunities. The LDP increases skills in leadership and enhances participants’ understanding of the challenges at national, regional and global levels. LDP aims to help scholars realise their full leadership potential and provides important networking and collaborative opportunities for ALA scholars.

The LDP component of the ALA Scholarship is a valuable opportunity that is not offered through any other scholarship program in the Asia-Pacific region.

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