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First Cohort of Caribbean Australia Awards Scholars Return to the Region to form the Australia Awards Alumni Caribbean
On Friday 25th January, 2013, His Excellency, Ross Tysoe (AO), the Australian High Commissioner in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, addressed the first cohort of Australia Awards Alumni at an inaugural workshop. This cadre of 30 Caribbean professionals is part of 89 Caribbean nationals who have benefited from the Australia Awards scheme between 2011 and 2013.
H.E. Tysoe (AO) welcomed and congratulated the scholars and urged them to become “ambassadors and agents of change for development” throughout the region.
This alumni group representing 8 CARICOM countries - Belize (1), Dominica (2), Grenada (5), Guyana (7), Jamaica (3), St. Lucia (3), St, Vincent and the Grenadines (4) and Trinidad & Tobago (5) - received full scholarships under the Australia Awards initiative through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). They pursued Masters degrees in critical development areas including environmental management, disability education, renewable and sustainable energy management, agriculture, fisheries, social development and many more.
The workshop was facilitated by Mr Robert Lancelot Gregory CD, JP a Jamaican consultant who specializes in providing organisational development consultancy, project implementation services, lecturing, leadership coaching and mentoring. Also present was Dr Abdullahi Olabode Abdulkadri, Honorary Alumnus and Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics Associate Dean, Research & Innovation, Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of the West Indies who presented on his re-integration and alumni experience after pursuing studies in Australia 20 years ago.
Third Cohort of Caribbean students prepare for departure to Australia on Australia Awards 2013 Scholarships
On Tuesday 23 October, 2012, His Excellency, Philip Kentwell, hosted a Reception at his residence in honour of 40 scholarship awardees who will commence study in Australia in 2013. These scholars represent 11 CARICOM countries and have received full scholarships under the Australia Awards initiative through the Australia Agency for International Development (AusAID).
H.E. Penny Williams, Australia's Global Ambassador for Women and Girls surrounded by all the scholarship awardees
The cocktail reception coincided with the visit to Trinidad of Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls, Her Excellency Ms. Penny Williams, who addressed the scholarship awardees on this auspicious occasion. Other guests included, Heads of Mission and Honorary Consuls of the CARICOM member states along with executive staff of the University of the West Indies and the University of Trinidad and Tobago.
L-R: High Commissioner Kentwell, Siddier Chambers of Jamaica, H.E. Penny Williams and Caius Mauricette of St Lucia share a light moment at the awards reception
The reception was preceded by a workshop at the Carlton Savannah Hotel at which Guest Speakers and former Australian scholars, Ms Dionne Frank (Guyana) and Mr. Anthonio Baptiste (Trinidad & Tobago) addressed the scholarship recipients on their experiences of studying in Australia.
Australia Awards, Caribbean
2014 Scholarship Intake
WHAT ARE THE AUSTRALIA AWARDS?
The Australia Awards are Australian Government sponsored scholarships. The initiative brings together awards from three Australian Government implementing agencies:
• The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
• The Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) and
• The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). (Scholarships administered by The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) are not available to Caribbean nationals).
Several of the Caribbean's 2013 Australia Awards recipients sharing insight into their respective countries
In the Caribbean, there are four kinds of awards available:
• The Australian Development Scholarship (ADS),
• The supplementary Australian Leadership Award (ALA),
• The Australian Leadership Award Fellowship (ALAF)
• Endeavour Awards (EA)
Endeavour Awards are administered by Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) and are available to all Caribbean nationals. ADS, ALA and ALAF are funded and implemented through AusAID – the Australian Government agency that manages Australia’s overseas aid program. In the Caribbean, they are available to nationals of the following countries only: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname. These countries are eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA). Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and The Bahamas are not eligible for ODA.
Australia’s international development assistance in the Caribbean aims to assist in building Caribbean countries’ own capacity to progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by helping to reduce their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, natural disasters and economic challenges. Simultaneously, it works to build people-to-people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels between the Caribbean and Australia.
AusAID’s Australia Awards are aligned with Australia’s development assistance in the Caribbean, targeting human resource gaps in identified priority sectors. They aim to provide awardees with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence economic and social development.
AusAID will assess applicants on their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in the Caribbean.
The Australia Awards are offered on the basis of merit, transparency and equal access. We strongly encourage applications from men and women, people with disability, indigenous persons and other marginalised groups.
Australia Awards Scholars from the Caribbean share a light moment
Australia Awards, Caribbean is designed to:
• Promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and the Caribbean community;
• Offer a range of opportunities for study and professional development of Caribbean citizens;
• Showcase Australia’s cutting-edge capabilities in the education sector; and
• Demonstrate Australia’s ongoing commitment to building closer and enduring ties with the Caribbean region.
The Australia Awards, Caribbean initiative seeks to aid the development of:
• The capacity and leadership skills of Caribbean nationals so that they can contribute to the development of their home country and region;
• Caribbean countries’ own capacity to progress towards the Millennium Development Goals; and
• People-to-people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels between the Caribbean and Australia.
THE AUSTRALIAN DEVELOPMENT AWARD (ADS)/AUSTRALIAN LEADERSHIP AWARD (ALA)
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ADS & THE ALA?
The Australian Development Scholarship is a long-term development scholarship providing eligible citizens with opportunities to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions.
The study and research opportunities provided by ADS help to develop the skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to the development outcomes of their own country.
The Australian Leadership Award is a supplementary award to high performing ADS awardees. Up to 200 outstanding Australian Development Scholarship awardees across the globe will be offered a place in the Leadership for Development Program in addition to their ADS.
There is no separate application process.
Recipients will be brought together with other Australian Leadership awardees from around the world for leadership training, development discussions and the chance to build valuable networks. As with ADS, selection will be based on the applicant’s professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential impact on development challenges in their country or region.
Online applications are preferred and the website is open to the public from
February 1st to April 30th 2013 Australian Time
Applications or supporting documents received after this date will not be considered.
Application is made online via the the Online Australian Scholarships Information System (OASIS) website http://oasis.ausaid.gov.au
In order to be eligible to apply for an Australia Development Scholarship (ADS) and the supplementary Australian Leadership Award (ALA) applicants MUST be a citizen of the following ODA Caribbean countries ONLY and be residing in the region at the time of application:
o Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname.
Applicants must also be willing to return to the region to work for 2 years after the completion of their studies.
For further information on:
• The priority areas of study and target sectors can be found in the desired applicant profiles are available in PDF format below:
• A list of suggested (not mandatory) areas of study under the designated priority areas is available in PDF below:
• The entitlements, eligibility, special conditions and language requirements, the application process, required documentation and the selection criteria carefully review the Scholarships Policy Handbook available at http://www.ausaid.gov.au/Publications/Pages/scholar-handbook.aspx and the Australia Awards, Caribbean Information Pack: English, French, Spanish.
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Phone: +1 868 822 5450/5482
Website:http://www.ausaid.gov.au/australia-awards/ www.australiaawards.gov.au/ www.ausaid.gov.au/ http://studyinaustralia.gov.au/
Australian Leadership Award Fellowships
Please click on the following link: ALA Fellowships