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Applications are now closed for Australia Awards Scholarships for study commencing in 2019.

Short course training opportunity in International Trade

Here’s your opportunity to gain exposure in Australia and increase your skills as a professional in the International Trade sector.

Australia Awards in South and West Asia is calling for applications from eligible individuals currently employed in Bangladesh’s International Trade sector to participate in the upcoming short course award, providing the post-graduate qualification of a Professional Certificate in International Trade.

Applicants representing government, non-government and private sector organisations directly linked with international trade are encouraged to apply.

Applications open 15 February 2018 and close on 22 April 2018

Applicants will be assessed based on:

  • professional experience, including current duties and responsibilities
  • responses to questions in the online application
  • prior degrees/ qualifications
  • English language proficiency

General Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, candidates must meet the following general criteria:

  • be a Bangladeshi citizen and currently residing in the country of citizenship
  • not have applied for or hold permanent residency in Australia or New Zealand
  • satisfy Australian Government requirements for entry to Australia and be able to provide attested documents for processing a visa application to enter Australia for the duration of the Short Course
  • obtain the necessary study and travel approvals from their employer
  • meet the eligibility criteria specified below for this Short Course and adhere to the application process
  • complete a Return to Work Plan (RWP) with their workplace supervisor
  • be available to participate in this Short Course for the entire duration in accordance with the dates and in the locations set out in the Recruitment Summary.

Specific Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants who have the potential to apply the knowledge and experience gained through participation on their return to Bangladesh are encouraged to apply. Selected applicants will be required to complete their negotiated Return to Work Plan (RWP), which will involve the implementation of observations and learnings obtained during this Short Course in Australia.

To be eligible, candidates must meet the following course-specific criteria:

  • be currently working in a relevant area with particular experience in international trade activities, including but not limited to, export activities and trade negotiations. It is anticipated that representatives from this target sector will be decision-makers who have specific responsibilities in one or more of the following areas: program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; policy making; regulation and management
  • have occupied their current position for at least one year with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience
  • are not planning on retiring or being considered for transfer for at least one year from the conclusion of the short course
  • not have attended any previous Australia Awards Fellowships or Short Course Awards
  • have access to the internet and be computer literate
  • be assessed as having high-level English language proficiency as detailed in the Recruitment Summary
  • be committed and available to participate in each of the three major components of this short course, being: the 3-day Pre-course workshop in Dhaka (1–3 May, 2018), in-Australia training (8–29 July, 2018) and the 3-day Post-course workshop in Dhaka (1-3 October, 2018).

For more information regarding this short course and the selection criteria, please refer to the Recruitment Summary.

Females, people from ethnic and traditionally marginalised groups, and people with a disability – who are working in the area of international trade – are encouraged to apply.

High-level English language proficiency is a key eligibility criteria for applicants wanting to undertake this post-graduate qualification of a Professional Certificate in International Trade. Full details are provided in the Recruitment Summary and proof of proficiency is a mandatory requirement.

PTE (overall score of 58  AND  skills profile of 50 in writing, speaking, reading and listening)
IELTS (overall band score of 6.5; minimum 6 band score in all bands)
TOEFL (paper-based 573 with Test of Written English 4.5  OR  internet-based total score of 79 with a minimum of 21 in writing, 18 in speaking and 13 in reading and listening)
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) (overall score 176  AND  individual score of 169 in writing, speaking, reading and listening)

Application Process

All applicants will need to complete their applications online at: and complete the upload of required documentation by 22 April 2018. Only complete applications submitted online will be considered.

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Social Inclusion

Can persons with disability (PWDs) apply?

Yes. Applications from eligible PWDs are highly encouraged. 

What are “reasonable adjustments”?

Reasonable adjustments are measures which an education provider is required to make to ensure students with a disability can meet the academic standards of their course of study and participate on the same basis as students without a disability. Reasonable adjustments might include changes to the way a person enrols in a course, alterations to the physical environment and other facilities, and changes to the way training is delivered and skills are assessed.

PWD awardees are assessed and provided reasonable adjustments to ensure that they succeed in their award. 

Are women prioritised in the selection process?

At least 50 percent of the awards will be given to qualified women applicants.


Q: What does the award provide?

The Awards are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training.  For June 2017 Intake this will be up to a maximum of two years.

Q: Can I bring my family to Australia during my scholarship?

Yes. Awardees can bring their spouse and children to Australia during the scholarship period. However, it is recommended that the awardees take their dependents six months after they arrive in Australia.  It is also recommended for applicants to declare their intention to bring their family with them to Australia in the application form. Declaring this information will not affect the outcome of their application.