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 AUSTRALIA–Borse di Studio Endeavour Europe Awards
 
Endeavour Europe Awards

The closing date for applications is 18 August 2006.


The Endeavour Europe Awards aim to:

enable high achieving students from Europe to undertake study or research in Australia;
strengthen bilateral ties between Australia and participating countries;
showcase Australia’s education sector within the region;
strengthen mutual understanding between the peoples of participating countries;
further develop Award holders’ knowledge and skills in their field of study; and
build international linkages and networks.

Award description
The Endeavour Europe Awards provide financial support for postgraduate students from designated European countries to undertake, in any field of study:

an Australian higher degree; or
research in Australia towards a higher degree in their home country.

Allocation and number of awards
Fifteen (15) awards will be offered to applicants from European Union Member States (Austria, Belgium, Republic of Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), and Norway, Switzerland or Croatia.

A maximum of four awards will be allocated to any one country.


Value of awards
Awards are valued at up to A$50,000. Benefits include:

travel allowance of A$5,000;
establishment allowance of A$5,000; and
a monthly stipend of A$3,333 for up to 12 months.
Funds are not available to support accompanying dependants.


Award duration
Award holders must spend a minimum of one semester (four months) and a maximum of three years in Australia. The Award must be taken up during 2007. Funding is for the first year only.


Eligibility requirements
To be eligible for an Award, applicants must:

be citizens of, and physically resident in, any EU Member State, at the time of application (those holding dual Australian citizenship or Permanent Residency status in Australia are ineligible to apply); (those holding dual Australian citizenship or Permanent Residency status in Australia are ineligible to apply);

have at least an undergraduate degree; and
demonstrate English language proficiency by either having:
completed university study conducted in English in one of the following countries: American Samoa, Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America or Zambia; or
undertaken one of the following English tests no longer than two years prior to the time of application. The tests and the minimum scores are:
an IELTS Academic Test with a score of at least 6.5; or
a TOEFL paper–based test score of at least 580, including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English; or
a TOEFL computer–based test score of at least 230 including an Essay Writing score of at least 4.5.
Applicants who have already commenced studies/research at their host institution are ineligible for an award.


Application process
Read the following instructions carefully before commencing, in particular:

establish your eligibility;
understand the conditions of the award;
ensure that your application is accurate and complete; and
restrict your answers to the given length.
Applications will be received electronically by DEST and a selection panel will consider the applications. Applicants who are unable to submit their application electronically will be able to submit an application by post. Along with the application form, applicants will be asked to submit the following supporting documentation:

Signed statutory declaration stating that all information contained in the application and supporting documentation is true and correct. You should note that:
the application is being made to a Commonwealth entity, the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), for a benefit, and
giving false or misleading information is a serious offence under the Criminal Code (Commonwealth).
A certified copy of your current passport or other approved equivalent documentation showing evidence of citizenship or permanent residence, this must be authorised or stamped "True copy of the original" by a personal agency recognised by the law of your home country. An officer of an Australian consulate is also suitable for these purposes;
Proof of English language proficiency with the inclusion of the results of an IELTS Academic Test or a TOEFL Test, which meet the minimum requirements (outlined in Eligibility requirements).

The ONLY applicants exempt from providing a test score are those who have completed university study conducted in English in one of the following countries:
American Samoa, Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America or Zambia;

Your academic record, carrying the endorsement from the institution, showing the subjects and standard of pass with each, with an explanation of the marking system. Also include a certified English translation if necessary, this must be authorised or stamped "True copy of the original" by a personal agency recognised by the law of your home country. An officer of an Australian consulate is also suitable for these purposes;

Three referees’ reports using the form provided and an English translation if required. The English translation must be authorised or stamped "True copy of the original" by a personal agency recognised by the law of your home country. An officer of an Australian consulate is also suitable for these purposes. The Referee Reports can be faxed or emailed by the referee directly to DEST or returned to you to be submitted with the other supporting documentation;

Evidence of support for your affiliation or admission from the Australian host institution. This may be in the form of communication with your proposed supervisor or confirmation of acceptance or affiliation with the host institution.
Complete the application checklist included at the end of the application form to ensure that your application is complete.

Ineligible applications will not be considered and an incomplete application will disadvantage applicants. DEST will not follow up with applicants any missing documentation.


Lodging an application
Application forms will be made available from this website when the competition opens. http://www.dest.gov.au/

Late applications or late supporting documentation will not be considered.

Electronic application

Your completed application form is to be emailed to endeavour.europe@dest.gov.au

Supporting documentation can either be:

faxed to +61 2 6123 7965; or
emailed to endeavour.europe@dest.gov.au
Application by post

It is preferred that your completed application is submitted electronically, however, if this is not possible, please post:

one (1) original typewritten completed application form; and
one (1) set of certified copies of all supporting documentation , to:

The Endeavour Programme
International Scholarships and Alumni Unit
International Cooperation Branch (442)
Australian Education International
DEST
GPO Box 9880
CANBERRA ACT 2601
AUSTRALIA

The closing date for applications is 18 August 2006.

Feedback concerning unsuccessful applications
Feedback will not be provided as to why applicants were not selected. Each year the number of well qualified applicants greatly outnumbers the scholarships available. Final selection and the procedures to achieve this selection are at the discretion of the selection panel and DEST and no correspondence will be entered into.


Selection process
Applications are first reviewed to determine whether they meet the eligibility requirements. A selection panel will be formed to consider eligible applications and make its recommendations to DEST for final approval.


Significant dates
Call for applications
15 May 2006

Closing date
18 August 2006

Selections announced
November 2006

Awards to be taken up
2007


Selection Criteria
In evaluating applications, the following criteria will be applied:

a record of high–level academic achievement in the applicant’s chosen field of study;
a well defined study or research programme, or a well thought out proposal for professional development;
a proposal that, ideally, is relevant to the needs and interests of Australia and the applicant’s home country;
demonstrated progress towards receiving admission or affiliation with an Australian higher education institution;
the applicant’s potential to participate at a high level in the academic or wider community on returning home; and
the potential for ongoing collaboration with Australia in their field of expertise on returning home.

Conditions of awards
Certain conditions and limitations apply to the awards, which must be observed by all award holders. They are outlined below.

Award holders must undertake:
degree studies for an Australian masters by research or coursework; or
an Australian doctorate degree; or
research in Australia towards a masters degree in the award holder's home country; or
research in Australia towards a doctorate degree in the award holder’s home country.
Awards must be taken up in the academic year following selection. Awards cannot be deferred.
It is the responsibility of award holders to confirm affiliation or admission with the host institution. An award is conditional upon gaining entry to an Australian higher education institution.
Award holders are required to undertake a medical examination to satisfy health requirements for the issue of a visa for entry into Australia.
Award holders are required to maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) while in Australia to satisfy requirements for the issue of a visa for entry into Australia.
Should an award holder be prevented for any reason from taking up their award within a reasonable timeframe, DEST may, at its absolute discretion, withdraw the offer of an award.
It is the responsibility of successful candidates to apply for and satisfy the requirements for the issue of an appropriate entry visa to Australia. The offer of an award does not guarantee the granting of a visa.
Award holders must follow the approved programme and abide by the rules of the host institution.
Award holders are expected to reside in Australia throughout the award period and to seek prior approval for any overseas visits from both the host institution and Scholarships Administrator (the contractor appointed by DEST to administer the award programme).
Any changes to the successful candidate’s programme or itinerary must have the prior approval of the Scholarships Administrator (the contractor appointed by DEST to administer the award programme).
The host institution will notify Scholarships Administrator (the contractor appointed by DEST to administer the award programme) of any circumstances, which could lead to the suspension of an award. Stipends are not payable during suspensions, including suspension due to illness.
The award may be terminated at any time for misconduct, for breaches of the conditions of the award, or for failure to make satisfactory academic progress. Academic progress will be assessed against academic reports provided by the host institution and the programme outlined in the award holder’s application.
Award holders are expected to return to their home country at the completion of their study/research programme in Australia.
Award holders must sign an Award agreement with the Scholarships Administrator regarding the conditions of the award.


Holding other scholarships
Award holders are permitted to hold other scholarships, including the Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (Endeavour IPRS). It is the responsibility of award holders to check the conditions placed on other scholarships that they may be offered, before accepting those awards.


Part–time employment
Award holders are permitted to undertake up to 20 hours per week part–time employment at their host institution in a teaching or research capacity, subject to approval from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (DIMA). Please check your visa conditions for entitlements in working in Australia, http://www.immi.gov.au/ . Those wanting to work in Australia will need to seek supervisor, Scholarships Administrator and DIMA approval and apply for permission to work after arrival in Australia.


Enquiries
If you have any questions about this Award, please refer initially to the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. If you still have an unanswered question, please contact endeavour.scholarships@dest.gov.au.


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