Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are the frequently asked questions by prospective applicants

On the Application

Q: When is the opening of applications?

Applications are accepted from February to April every year for studies commencing the following year.

Q: When will the results of the assessment and panel interviews be released?

Applicants may expect to know the results of their application by August.

Q: How many scholars do you support yearly?

The number of scholarship placements is determined by the Australian Government and may vary yearly.

Q: What are open and targeted categories and which should I apply for?

Australia Awards has two categories – open and targeted. The open category is offered to Filipino leaders from both public and private sector who are interested to pursue postgraduate studies in Australia and implement a development project in the Philippines. Meanwhile, the targeted category is offered to Australia’s key partner agencies delivering priority development initiatives. The partner organisation nominates applicants from their agency who are expected to contribute to their organisational development upon return.

Q: What government agencies fall under the targeted category?

  • Civil Service Commission (CSC)

  • Department of Budget and Management (DBM)

  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI),

  • Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)

  • Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)

  • Philippine Competition Commission (PCC)

  • Public-Private Partnership Center (PPP)

  • Department of Public Works and Highway(DPWH)

  • Department of Transportation (DoTr)

  • National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)

Permanent and regular employees of the following agencies must go to their HR to apply to the program. Contractual employees can apply under the open category.

On the Proposed Program of Study

Q: What are the types of courses available for study under the scholarship?

For the open category, all proposed study should align with the following priority areas:

  • Public Health and Social Protection

  • Trade and Economics

  • Infrastructure and Smart Cities

  • Digital Economy and Cyber Security

  • Peace and Development

  • Education

  • Governance and Public Policy, including Civil Society, Media and Foreign Relations

  • Natural Resource Management, including Mining and Energy

  • Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Management

Australia Awards in the Philippines support master’s programs for the 2022 Intake. The Awards, however, do not support completion of studies already commenced in Australia and / or study by distance or external mode while residing outside Australia.

Q: Should my proposed course be in the field I previously studied?

Applicants, whose interest is in a course different from his/her bachelor’s degree, can still be considered depending on their relevant work experience and career goals. In the application form, applicants must demonstrate how they would use the knowledge and skills they would gain from study program to implement their Re-Entry Action Plans (REAPs).

Q: Where can I get information about courses and universities in Australia?

You may select any participating university in Australia. Please visit to search for courses and universities. You may also refer to for a list of Australian universities. Note that currently, scholarship awards in the Philippines only support postgraduate programs.

On Eligibility

Q: What are the eligibility requirements to apply for the Australia Awards Scholarships?

Click on the eligibility section of the website for a full description of the eligibility criteria.

Q: Do I need to get accepted by an Australian university first before I apply for the scholarship?

No. You should not apply directly to universities in Australia. The Australia Awards Scholarships secretariat will assist in placing you once you are awarded with the scholarship.

Q: What if I am a Filipino permanently/temporarily residing abroad, am I qualified to apply for the Australia Awards Scholarships?

No. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be residing in the Philippines at the time of their application.

Q: Does program have an age limit?

There is no age limit.

Q: What if I have an offer letter from a university in Australia, am I still qualified to apply for the scholarship?

Yes. However, an offer letter from a university in Australia is not a requirement for the Australia Awards Scholarships and is not a guarantee that the applicant shall be awarded a scholarship.

Q: What are the work experience requirements?

You must have cumulative professional work experience of at least 2 years. Your current or immediate past employment must be in the Philippines. On-the-Job-Training (OJT), internships and volunteer work will not be credited to work experience. Any probation period will be included as part of the two-year calculation.

Q: Does the 2-year work experience have to be with the same employer?

No. Work experience does not have to be continuous or with the same employer.

Q: Can a self-employed individual apply for a scholarship?

Yes, as long as you meet the requirements of the scholarships.

Q: Can I apply for the Australia Awards even if I have had another scholarship previously?

Yes. Applicants must have completed all obligations to their previous scholarship upon application.

Q: Can I apply for another scholarship at the same time as applying to the Awards?


Q: The duration of my desired program of study is more than the allowed by the Awards. Can I still apply for the scholarships?

Yes. You would need to apply for credit to reduce the time required for you to achieve the qualification through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). This is done once the secretariat confirms that you have passed the interview. You would need to submit additional documents (e.g., description of work experience from your current/past employers, certification of courses taken, etc.) to support this request for RPL.

On Requirements

Q: Do I need to submit my university TOR during application?

Applicants are required to submit a graduate certificate with GWA/GPA of their highest completed degree. However, because of the current situation in the country, we are accepting TOR in liue of the certificate. Applicants, though, must compute and indicate their GWA in the specified field in the application form.

Q: Do I need to submit evidence of work experience upon application?

No. However, universities may require candidates to show evidence of relevant work experience during the placement period.

Q: What if I have an offer letter from a university in Australia, do I still need to submit an English proficiency test result?

Yes. However, please note that result of the English proficiency test is not required during the initial application. It will be required only if you passed the interview.

Q: What if I already have a degree from a university in Australia, do I still need to submit an English proficiency test result?

Yes. Although please note that the results of your English profieciency exam is not part of the initial requirements to apply for the scholarship.

Q: I am working in public sector. Do I need to obtain an endorsement from our scholarship committee/head of agency?

Applicants from non-partner government organisations need not obtain an endorsement on initial application. Endorsements are only required after the secretariat confirms that you passed the interview.

On Living and Studying in Australia

Q: Can I work while I am studying in Australia?

Yes, scholars are allowed to work part-time (up to 20 hours per week).

Q: Does the Awards have a limit to the duration of scholarship/study?

The maximum study duration is 1.5 years for master’s programs and 4 years for PhD programs.

Q: What are the obligations of a Filipino awardee?

Successful candidates are required to return to the Philippines for at least two years after completion of the scholarship to contribute to the development of the country through his/her REAP.

Q: What are the responsibilities of the awardees while studying in Australia?

Before awardees take up an offer of a scholarship, they will need to enter into a legal agreement with the Australian Government. This agreement will contain detailed information about awardee responsibilities. This condition is indicated in the Scholarships Handbook.

Q: Can a Filipino awardee bring his/her family to Australia?

Yes, awardees may bring their family members (spouse/partner and children below 18 years old) to Australia as dependents. However, dependents can only join awardees in Australia 3 months after the awardee commences his/her scholarship. Please note that the Australian Government does not provide any financial or other support for the dependents.

On the REAP

Q: Can I implement my REAP in a private organisation?

REAPs implemented in a private organisation must be under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.

Q: How long is the implementation of the REAP?

The REAP should be completed within 1-2 years upon the return of the awardee.

Q: When do I need to acquire the signature of the head of the host organisation for the REAP?

Applicants must obtain sign-off from the host organisation after the secretariat confirms that they are shortlisted for interview.

Q: Will Australia Awards be granting financial help in implementing the REAP?

    No, the program will not be granting financial help in the implementation of the REAP. However, awardees are allowed to look for alternative funding from other organisation or institution.

    On support to PWDs

    Q: Can a scholar who is deaf use FSL (Filipino Sign Language) while studying in Australia?

    No. Australian universities will provide support to awardees who are deaf learn the Australian sign language.

    Q: Can you give special considerations in terms of PWDs’ scores in the English proficiency exam?

    The Awards require all scholars to meet the minimum requirement for the English language test scores. However, there were cases in the past where Australian universities gave some considerations for PWDs (e.g. the speaking portion of the English test was waived for a scholar who had a cleft palate).

    Q: Can carers work while in Australia?

    No, their work is to care for the scholar full-time.

    Q: Do you screen the carers?

    No. The scholar will recommend his/her preferred carer. However, we do work with the scholar to make sure that he/she choses the appropriate carer for his stay in Australia.

    Q: Is it required for all PWDs to have a carer?

    No. Australia Awards will assess if a carer is required for a scholar with disability.

    Q: Do you have specific courses/programs for PWDs?

    No. Scholars will need to align their chosen programs and REAPs with the priority areas for the specific intake they are applying for.

    Q: Does Australia Awards provide housing that is PWD-friendly?

    The Australia Awards and the awardee’s chosen Australian university will help the scholar look for accommodations that fits his/her need.