Australian Awards Fellowships for Developing Countries (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East)

The Australian Leadership Award (ALA) Fellowships (now Australian Awards Fellowships) aim to develop leadership, address regional development priorities, and build / strengthen partnerships and linkages between Australian organisations and partner organisations in eligible developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.
Host Institution(s)
Any approved Australian university or higher or research institution. Australian organizations from a wide range of academic, research, business, industry, media, NGOs, professional groups and government have hosted ALA fellows in the past rounds. See link for more info

Fields of study
Australian Awards Fellowship support a wide variety of areas and sectors. Australian organizations are encouraged to design programs that address priority areas, including disability and development, economic growth, education, environment, food security, gender, governance, health, human rights, infrastructure, regional stability, rural development and water and sanitation.

Course Level:
 Graduate (fellowship, short course, research)

Country to Study in: 



Australian organisations must ensure that all nominated Fellows meet the following general eligibility requirements:
•    Be a citizen of and residing in an eligible country (see below)
•    Not hold Australian permanent resident status or be applying for permanent residency
•    Have been working in their country of citizenship, employed by the organisation supporting their application and working in areas relevant to their training in Australia, prior to the date of the proposed commencement of their Fellowship
•    Be able to take up the nominated Fellowship Program at the time and for the duration proposed by the Australian organisation.

Eligible groups
Citizens of Developing countries in Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Citizens of the following countries are eligible to be nominated for participation by the applying Australian organisation:

Asia Pacific:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Cook Islands, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Wallis & Futuna.

Latin America and Caribbean:
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Republic of Guinea, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Iraq and Palestinian Territories:
Applications relating to Iraq and the Palestinian Territories are also eligible.

Number of Awards
Not specified by provider.

In the past ROUND 12 of the ALA Fellowships program, $10.5 million was provided to 31 Australian organisations to support 55 programs involving 614 Fellows (commenced since January 2013). However, note that the number of fellowships awarded may vary for each round.

Scholarship benefits
A maximum of $35,000 per Fellow is available which can include:
•    Return economy airfare from/to home country’s international hub
•    In-Australia transport in respect of approved activities
•    Short course/tuition/training course costs
•    Accommodation and living expenses
•    Medical insurance costs when in Australia (for award holder only)
•    Special assistance/assistive devices (to support people with disability)
•    Program Overhead Fee
Method of Application
Applications are restricted to Australian organisations demonstrating on-going linkages with counterpart overseas organisations in eligible countries (see above). Overseas counterpart organisations and individual fellows must be sponsored by an Australian organisation, and may not apply directly for an ALA Fellowship. They may, however, initiate contact with an Australian organisation to explore the latter’s interest in applying for Fellowship funding.

Applications are accepted from Australian organisations only; individuals are not eligible to apply. The ALA “Fellowships submission guidelines” provide detailed information on the application process.

For more details about the fellowship factsheet, submission guideline, application form, sample budget, how to apply and other required documents visit the official ALA Fellowship website (link to it is below).

ALA Fellowships are awarded twice yearly through a competitive selection process. Round 14 fellowship program opened on 13 May 2013 and closed on 19 June 2013. Round 15 will open on 14 October 2013 and close on 20 November 2013.

The award targets senior officials and mid-career professionals who will be in a position to advance key regional development policies and increase the institutional capacity of developing countries.

ALA Fellowships provide short term opportunities for in-Australia study, research and professional development activities, hosted by Australian organisations – and do not lead to academic qualifications. Application rounds are held twice a year through a competitive selection process.

To apply, click here


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