Application, Assessment Process and Required Documents

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Before submitting an application for an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants MUST read both the Scholarships Policy Handbook and the Pakistan Country Profile.
All details about Australia Awards Scholarships are contained in the Handbook. Pakistan-specific information is contained in the Country Profile.

Application, Assessment Process and Required Documents

What documents must be submitted as part of the application?

A table of required documents can be found here. These documents must be submitted with an application. Failure to do so will make an application ineligible. Documents requiring attestation or notarisation* are specified in the table. Submitting documents without proper attestation or notarisation will also make an application ineligible. If a document is not in English, a certified translated copy must be submitted. The Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook can guide you how to certify your documents.

A statement that the document is a true copy, signed by a first class gazetted Public Servant or Notary Public.

What is the timetable for applications?

Applications open 1 February 2018 and will close 30 April 2018. Late applications will not be considered.

All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by September 2018 at the latest.

How do I submit an application?

Applications must be submitted online, through the Online Australia Awards Scholarships Information System (OASIS) at

Are paper/hardcopy applications acceptable?

Hardcopy applications are not accepted. All applications must be submitted online.

How are applications assessed?

Complete and eligible applications are assessed and ranked based on the applicant’s professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, potential to have a positive impact on development challenges in their home country.

What is a Development Impact Plan?

The Development Impact Plan (DIP) records how you hope to contribute to the development of Pakistan when you return from your studies in Australia. It is a mandatory document for Australia Awards South and West Asia Scholarship applications and must be submitted through OASIS before the application deadline.

The purpose of the DIP is to help you establish a link between your professional requirements (human resource gaps), the course of study in Australia and development priorities of Pakistan. The DIP seeks to articulate practical and realistic tasks showing how you plan to apply the skills and knowledge gained from your studies in Australia. You will also need to demonstrate the feasibility of the tasks you have identified by highlighting the possible constraints and the resources that you may need in order to implement them.

The DIP is updated at various points of the award cycle (Pre-Departure Briefing, Return Home Workshop, and Reintegration Workshop).

You can download the template for the DIP here.

What actions should I start now?

You must carefully check that:

  • your proposed course aligns with a relevant priority development sector identified for Pakistan
  • you satisfy all university enrolment requirements, including English language proficiency.

To help you submit the strongest application possible, this video will take you through some crucial steps regarding the application process.