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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Australian Leadership Award 2009 Scholarships open for Solomon applicants today

Solomon Islanders who are interested to pursue postgraduate studies in Australia commencing in 2009 are encouraged to apply for the Australian Leadership Award Scholarship 2009 intake which opens today (April 1 2008) and close June 30 2008.

The Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Scholarships are a component of a regional program that aims to develop leadership and build partnerships and linkages within the Asia-Pacific.

They are intended for those who are already leaders or have the potential to assume leadership roles that can influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes, both in their own countries and in the Asia-Pacific region. The ALA program comprises of Scholarships and Fellowships.

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 in Australia.

ALA Scholarships are an investment in the future of the Asia-Pacific region. In this regard, ALA scholars are required to return to their home country or the region for two years after they have completed their studies.

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.

Objectives of ALA Scholarships
ALA Scholarships aim to:
- develop a cadre of leaders advancing regional reform, development and governance
- increase exchange of knowledge and information within the region
- build common purpose and understanding between Australia and the region
- build capacity to address priority regional issues
- build effective networks between Australia and the region
- demonstrate the benefits of Australian education through the provision of high quality education.

Leadership Development Program (LDP)
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.

Fields of study
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.

Levels of study
An ALA Scholarship enables candidates to undertake studies leading to a Masters or Doctorate degree in Australia. It does not include Graduate Diplomas, with the exception of those Masters courses that require the completion of a Graduate Diploma as part of the Masters degree.

Who should apply
Outstanding applicants with:
- 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.

Scholarship benefits
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).

For more information please visit: ALA Scholarship site

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