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The Mission The Aim

To maintain the Board’s delivery of high quality scholarship services to DFAT and the Board’s member countries in the Pacific region


The SPBEA’s scholarship involvement is as a contractor for the processing of scholarship applications from countries with which the Board has a contract of services for the facilitation of scholarship selection for use by DFAT and participating countries in the Pacific region.
 
The General Objectives

To process and output scholarship applications from member agencies in accordance with contract specifications

• To provide quality management scholarship processing services

• To maintain sound educational philosophy in the assessment of applications
 
Documents to download:

 

Quick Links for Scholarships details
The Underlying Principles of The Selection
What is the Australia Awards
Brief Description of the Australia Awards
Scholarship study levels
Which Institutions
Application Forms - Where can I get one ?
Filling the Application Form
The Essential Documents To Be Submitted
Transcripts of Qualifications
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The Underlying Principles of The Selection

The processing of scholarships is based on the following philosophical and fundamental educational guidelines :

• That the principle of “more academic credentials is better than less” be followed in the process

• That non-academic considerations are important and be included in the assessment process

• That applicants’ assessment outcomes be considered in terms of a common grade-point system for comparison purposes

• That applicants be categorized and category-ranked for more validity and justification in the subsequent and necessary comparison

• That the selection at all levels achieve a gender balance

• That the applicants’ fields of study be in accordance with DFAT guidelines and Government of Fiji Human Resource Development needs.

 

The selection process incorporates the above at various stages of the process and although arbitrary aspects may minimally exist, the system does in general contribute to a more objective assessment of the scholarship applications.

What is the Australia Awards

Australia recognizes that education and training are fundamental to the development process and is therefore a key sector for the Australian Aid program to the region. By increasing access to education including provision for re-entry for formal education and life long learning, Australia hopes to contribute to the development of skill and knowledge required to meet the regional human resource development needs of each Australia Awards participating regional country. Education and training is the largest element of Australian aid program in the Pacific. This is enhanced by the offer of DFAT scholarships to recipient countries in the region.

Brief Description of the Australia Awards

The Australia Awards scholarship programs also aim to complement other scholarship programs currently being offered by the regional government's participating under the Australia Awards. The Australia Awards Scholarship (AAS) and Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship(AAPS) programs offered through Australia’s overseas aid programs provide an opportunity for individuals from developing countries to undertake studies at post-secondary education institutions in Australia or in the region. Both programs help to meet the human resource development needs of developing countries and contribute to their development across various sectors.

Australia Awards Scholarhip (AAS)
The Australian Awards Scholarships (AAS) are long term development awards administered by DFAT. AAS aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia's partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements. They provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full time Undergraduate or Postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

The study and research opportunities provided by AAS develop skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to the development outcomes of their own country


Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships (AAPS)
Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships are for studies undertaken in the region, particularly in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

Scholarship Study Levels

In general, these scholarships are offered for Certificate and Diploma studies, as well as Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) degree studies to applicants in the region.

For Fiji, in particular the 2015 Intake Round, the AAPS award supports TVET level of study which consist of: Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels of study whilst the AAS award supports Postgraduate and Masters level of study. Please note that Undergraduate and PhD levels of study are not supported.

Which Institutions?

AAS study is for any Australian approved university, while AAPS is for tertiary study in institutions in the Pacific region. AAPS institutions include USP (including campuses in Samoa & Vanuatu), Fiji National University (Fiji School of Medicine and Fiji School of Nursing).

Application Forms - Where can I get one?

The Australia Awards application form can be obtained from the following sources:

  1.     Click on AAPS to download a (PDF) application form. Click on Eligibility Requirements to download listing
  2.   The OASIS website: https://oasis.ausaid.gov.au (Online Applications using   OASIS – Online Australian Scholarships Information System) 
  3.     All the Education Offices throughout Fiji  

  4.     The SPBEA front office reception (Hardcopy) 

For queries, the SPBEA Scholarship section can be contacted via email: scholarships(AT)spbea.org.fj or telephone number(s) 337 8526/337 8504)

Filling the Application Form
  • All sections marked with an asterix are mandatory and must be filled including the placement of a tick in the required boxes provided. Any question(s) not answered or not responded to means a faulty form, therefore the application is deemed an Invalid Application.

  • Make sure you write the field of study and the level of study clearly.
  • Submit “ONLY" the required documents with the Application form (AAPS Only) and ensure that they are properly certified by an approved certifying officer together with 2 recent passport sized photos. (They must be similar)
  • Ensure that the application form is signed off and dated at the end of the form. 
  •  If you check the box that says you are studying then you must fill the space below that requires you to indicate the study, the year/level, and the qualification that you will have at the end of the year. 
  • If you are working then you must fill the box that requires the number of years of work relevant to what you want to study.
The Essential Documents To Be Submitted

The following documents are the basic essential ones that make a valid application
a) The duly completed Application Form (AAPS Only)

b) Birth Certificate (Original)

c) Curriculum Vitae

d) Statement of Intent (Study Proposal which should not be more than an A4 page)

e) Form Six (6) or Form Seven (7) results, Foundation Academic Transcript or Undergraduate Academic Transcript (All must be certified)

 

The following notes are important.
a) An application with one of the above essential documents missing is deemed invalid and will not be considered.

b) For Postgraduate applicants who have a tertiary qualification, they must be over 25 years of age and must have at least a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience. As for Mature applicants who do not have a tertiary qualification, they must have above average senior high school grades with ten years of relevant work experience.

 c) A Certificate or diploma applicant, or a mature undergraduate degree applicant, and who has a minimum of two/ten (2/10) years relevant work experience, the addition of two references will help the application.

d) Many young Form 7 and USP Foundation applicants submit too many documents that are not necessary e.g. internal Form 4 & 5 examination results, Certificates from kindergarten, etc. Only the required academic transcripts stated above under “The Essential Documents to Be Submitted” part (e) will be accepted.

Transcripts of Qualifications

This is an important document for the assessment of scholarship points. The following notes should help in your deciding what transcripts to submit with your application 


Transcript of Qualifications
Type of Applicant Transcripts to Submit Comments
Form 7 or FNU/USP FDN student Just the FSLC or equivalent examination, FSFE (if any)  
Studying Year 1,2, or 3 at USP/ FIT /LTC/ FSM/FCA/FSN/ etc. FSLC, FSFE (if any), any study year results. If you have any certificates from FNU ( FIT /LTC/ FSM/FCA/FSN/ etc) you should submit these, with the transcript of results
Mature, working, have a certificate or a diploma, and applying for undergraduate degree study (The UG study is not supported for the 2015 Intake) FSFE transcript (or FSLC if no FSFE), or certificate or diploma transcript Qualification and work training certificates should be submitted.
Mature, working, have a degree and applying for PG study Degree transcript, any postgraduate transcript Qualification and work training certificates should be submitted.
 
The Advertisements

The awards are advertised in the Fiji Times and Fiji Sun newspapers on consecutive Saturdays once the awards are open to the general public. It provides information pertaining to both the awards including the academic entry requirements and the list of Fiji’s prioritised Human Resource Development needs and the closing dates. It details What an applicant needs to do to submit a “Valid” application.

Applicants should read the advertisement carefully and act on the guidelines contained in the advertisement.

To supplement the print advertisements for both the AAPS and AAS Awards, broadcast advertisements are also placed with the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Ltd (FBCL) on their Radio Fiji 1 (itaukei) , Radio Fiji 2 (Hindi) and Gold FM (English) radio stations and also on Communications (Fiji) Ltd on their FM96 (English), Navtarag (Hindi)and Viti FM (itaukei) stations. The placements are in the three (3) different languages. These radio advertisements follow shortly after the print advertisements and appear twice daily (Morning 7.20am and Evening 7.20pm) on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s for the duration of the award opening.

Please
click here to download a copy of the Australia Awards 2015 Intake advertisement

 

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