Applications open online for Australian Development Scholarships

The Australian Agency for International Development and Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training announced Wednesday that applications were open for the latest round of Australian Development Scholarships for Vietnamese.

Up to 250 Scholarships are available in this round for outstanding candidates for postgraduate study in Australia beginning in 2013.

Each scholarship covers travel, study and living expenses for study at any of Australia’s world-class universities and is valued at up to A$300,000, according to the announcement.

“Australia is proud to invite applications from dynamic Vietnamese men and women, from every province of Vietnam, especially those from disadvantaged areas, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities,” Australian Ambassador Allaster Cox said in a statement from the Australian Embassy Hanoi.

Australian Development Scholarships aim to build the capacity and leadership skills of students so they can personally contribute to Vietnam’s development, according to the Australian Government.

Academics, central and local government officials and people working on development issues in Vietnam are encouraged to apply, the Australian Embassy said.

Exceptional applicants with leadership potential will be offered a prestigious Australian Leadership Award Scholarship which provides leadership training to students in addition to studies.

Awardees will join a 4000-strong network of Vietnamese alumni that have studied in Australia on Australian Government scholarships in the last 30 years, including many senior government officials, prominent academics and business leaders, according to the embassy.

“The Australian Development Scholarships program has helped me reach out to the sea of knowledge. I have many new experiences here in Australia. The learning environment is great,” Ma Dieu Linh, an ethnic Nung Vietnamese, who has just returned to Vietnam after completing her Masters in Australia, was quoted in the statement from the embassy.

Applicants can apply online at www.asdiv.edu.vn from now until 30 April 2012. Selection results will be announced by September 2012 and courses will start from early 2013. The scholarships are for Masters and PhD studies.

Scholarships information is now available online at www.asdiv.edu.vn. Queries can be made by email to info@asdiv.edu.vn or by calling the hotline (04) 3938 7375 from 8:30am to 4:30pm on weekdays.

By Tuong Thuy

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