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2013 Endeavour Awards now open

Posted on: 02.04.2012

Endeavour Awards

The Endeavour Awards are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. Awards are also available for Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad.  Currently around 500-600 awards are available each year.  Applicants who have already commenced study in Australia are ineligible.

Guidelines for these awards are available here: http://www.deewr.gov.au/International/EndeavourAwards/Documents/2013ApplicantGuidelines.pdf

An overview of all award types is available here: http://www.deewr.gov.au/International/EndeavourAwards/Pages/Overview.aspx

Applications are made online by the individual and require proof of confirmation of admission and/or confirmation of nomination, proof of English language proficiency, evidence of academic achievement and transcripts, referee reports, CV, employment record and proof of citizenship. Please refer to the guidelines for each individual award type.

  1. a.     Endeavour Postgraduate Awards

The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards provide financial support for international students to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Master’s or PhD level either by coursework or research.  Two years Master’s (up to $118,500) or 4 years PhD (up to $228,500), with health and travel insurance provided. Fieldwork undertaken should be no more than 50% of the proposed award duration.

Travel Allowance:                      $4,500

Establishment Allowance:          $4,000

Monthly stipend:                       $2,500 per month (up to 4 years, pro-rata)

Tuition Fees per semester:         $12,500 per semester (up to 4 years)

Tuition fees are paid to a maximum of $50,000 for Master’s and $100,000 for PhDs.  Please note that the student will be required to pay a “gap” in tuition fees each year, given that our fees are often in excess of $25,000 per year (http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/publications/pg/pg_prospectus.pdf and http://sydney.edu.au/internationaloffice/publications/research/usyd_pg_research.pdf).

The top 20 incoming PhD recipients of Endeavour Postgraduate Awards (PhD only) will be awarded the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Postgraduate Awards[1]. This is the award of an additional $35,000 on top of funding for the Endeavour Postgraduate Award and one year optional internship. Successful candidates will be encouraged to undertake a work placement or internship at the end of their study, for up to 12 months (minimum of two months). A unique aspect of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award is the opportunity for Award Holders to undertake an internship. The Award holders home university is provided with a $3,000 contribution to assist applicants with identifying suitable internship placements.

The University of Sydney will rank and nominate up to five undergraduate and five postgraduate students against the Award selection and eligibility criteria for outgoing awards (ie: Australians studying abroad). There are two stages to these Awards. Stage one of the Award is the study component for up to 12 months (one semester or 6 months minimum). Stage two of the Award is an internship component for up to 12 months (two months minimum).  Please contact the Scholarships and Prizes Office for more information about internal ranking procedures, Ms Catherine Dernee (T +61 2 8627 8450, scholarships.reception@sydney.edu.au).

Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Postgraduate Awards for Australian Applicants Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Undergraduate Awards for Australian Applicants
  • 20 Awards annually
  • Australian postgraduate (Master’s/PhD) students funded to study in Asia for up to one year
  • Also encouraged to undertake an internship in Asia for up to one year
  • Valued at up to A $63,500 each
  • 20 Awards annually
  • Australian undergraduate students funded to study in Asia for up to one year
  • Mandatory internship of up to one year in Asia
  • Valued at up to A $53,500 each
  1. b.     Prime Minister’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award

The Prime Minister’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award marks the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty The Queen and will be awarded to a high achieving Australian female student who will contribute to the advancement of women’s leadership in Australia. The Prime Minister’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award will provide financial support for an Australian female postgraduate and/or postdoctoral fellow to undertake study and/or research (1-2 years) towards a PhD (which they are enrolled in Australia) or postdoctoral research, in any field of study, within the participating countries.

Travel Allowance:                      $4,500

Establishment Allowance:          $4,000

Monthly stipend:                       $2,500 per month (up to 2 years, pro-rata)

Award allocation:                       $12,500 per semester (up to 2 years, pro-rata)

Health and travel insurance are awarded, with a total award value of up to $118.500.

  1. c.     Endeavour Research Fellowships

The Endeavour Research Fellowships provide financial support (including a monthly stipend, travel allowance and establishment allowance) for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) towards a Master’s, PhD (enrolled at an institution in their home country) or postdoctoral research. Up to $23,500 is available under this award, with health and travel insurance provided. No tuition fees are payable.  Host institutions receive a $1,500 payment.

Travel Allowance:                      $4,500

Establishment Allowance:          $4,000

Monthly stipend:                       $2,500 per month (up to 4 years, pro-rata)

  1. d.     Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowships

The Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowships provide financial support (including a monthly stipend, travel allowance and establishment allowance) for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from participating Asian countries[2] to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) towards a Master’s, PhD (enrolled at an institution in their home country) or postdoctoral research. Up to $23,500 is available under this award, with health and travel insurance provided. No tuition fees are payable.

The top 5 incoming (International) and the top 5 outgoing (Australian) Endeavour Research Fellowship recipients coming from and/or going to a participating Cheung Kong participating country will be offered the Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship.

Travel Allowance:                      $4,500

Establishment Allowance:          $4,000

Monthly stipend:                       $2,500 per month (up to 4 years, pro-rata)

  1. e.     Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians

The Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians provide financial support for Indigenous postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short-term research (4-6 months) towards an Australian Master’s or PhD; or postdoctoral research in any field of study within a participating country. The research is to be undertaken in participating countries within the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.

Up to $23,500 is available under this award, with health and travel insurance provided. No tuition fees are payable. Applicants must provide a statement of their Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status.

Travel Allowance:                      $4,500

Establishment Allowance:          $4,000

Monthly stipend:                       $2,500 per month (up to 4 years, pro-rata)

  1. f.      Endeavour Executive Awards

The Endeavour Executive Awards provide professional development opportunities (1-4 months) for high achievers in business, industry, education or government from participating countries. The Awards focus on building skills and knowledge through a host work environment rather than through formal enrolment in a study program at a host institution and are not intended to fund direct academic research.

Up to $18,500 is available under this award (including a monthly stipend, travel allowance and establishment allowance).

Travel Allowance:                      $4,500

Establishment Allowance:          $4,000

Monthly stipend:                       $2,500 per month (up to 4 years, pro-rata)

We currently have 56 international students commencing studies in 2012 under sponsorship of these awards and 12 Australian students from the University of Sydney studying abroad under these award categories.  A full list of 2012 Endeavour award holders are available here:

http://www.deewr.gov.au/International/EndeavourAwards/EndeavourAwardHolderAlumni/Documents/2012EndeavourAwardHolders.pdf

For the research scholarships outlined above, find a suitable supervisor using Research Supervisor Connect: http://sydney.edu.au/research/opportunities/opportunities

The procedure for applying to the University of Sydney for international students is explained here: http://sydney.edu.au/future_students/international_postgraduate_research/admissions/how_to_apply/making_application.shtml

Applicants will be notified of the outcomes by November 2012 by email and will be required to accept the award offer online within 14 days. A contractor has been engaged to provide post-selection support services to all award holders to assist with visas, health, travel, insurance, accommodation, security, payment of allowance etc.

Award holders must commence their award after 1 January 2013 and not later than 30 November 2013.  Applicants who have already commenced their program are ineligible.  Postgraduate Award holders generally come on a 574 visa and Executive Award and Research Fellows generally come on a 416 visa.

 Key Dates
31 March/April 2012 Applicants are advised of the outcome of the 2012 second round Endeavour Executive Awards and Endeavour Awards for Japan.
1 April 2012 Applications open for the 2013 Endeavour Awards round
30 June 2012
11.59 am AEST
Applications close for the 2013 Endeavour Awards round
June 2012 – September 2012 After the closing date, the Department will review applications to ensure applications meet Award eligibility requirements.

Applications which meet eligibility requirements will then proceed to an external selection panel where they will be assessed against the selection criteria.

The selection panel makes recommendations to the Department with the final decision on Award allocation being made by the Department.

30 September/ November 2012 Applicants are advised of the outcome of the 2013 Endeavour Awards round


[1] Recipients are selected from India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, The People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong, and Macau SARs), Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

[2] Citizens of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau SARs), India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are eligible for this Award.

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