Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the Australia Awards?

2. What is a formal degree?

3. Do Masters by research applicants have to have a supervisor to apply? How do I find a supervisor?

4. Does the category “Vietnamese companies” include State companies?

5. Are persons employed on Government projects (cán bộ dự án) but not Government employees (công chức/viên chức) eligible to apply for a scholarship?

6. Can employees of international or foreign invested companies apply for a scholarship?

7. Can applicants with a master’s degree apply for a scholarship for a second master’s degree?

8. What are the English Language requirements for applications for the 2020 selection round/2021 intake?

9. Can IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Academic test certificates be submitted after the scholarship application closes?

10. If applicants have graduated from a university in an English-speaking country or where the language of instruction is English, do they need to have an IELTS certificate?

11. How will the 24-month relevant work experience requirement be calculated?

12. Does the 24-month work experience have to be with the same employer?

13. What evidence of work experience has to be submitted on application?

14. How are application forms and supporting documentation submitted?

15. What supporting documents are required to be submitted?

16. Who can certify university/college academic transcripts?

17. Who will sign the Employer Reference Letter if I am not currently employed?

18. How are applications assessed?

19. When will applicants be notified that they have been awarded a scholarship?

20. What is the difference between Masters by coursework and Masters by research?

21. What split courses are available for the 2020 selection round/2021 intake?

22. Should the proposed courses be in the field previously studied?

23. Can courses of study be changed after the application submission?

24. As a Government employee, what are the requirements to return to my employer post-study in relation to Vietnamese law and regulations?

25. What is the duration of the scholarship?

 


1. What are the Australia Awards?

The Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships funded by the Australian Government. They offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. The Awards strive to develop leadership potential and stimulate lasting change by empowering a global network of talented individuals through high-quality education experiences in Australia and overseas.

Recipients return home with new ideas and knowledge, and the ability to make a significant contribution to their home countries as leaders in their field.

The Australia Awards, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), consist of the Australia Awards Scholarships and Australia Awards Short Course Awards.

The Australia Awards Scholarships are a key component of Australia’s bilateral aid program for Vietnam and are awarded each year to meet Vietnam’s priority human resource and development needs and improve links between Australia and Vietnam. For the 2020 selection round/2021 intake, post-graduate Australia Awards Scholarships for Masters studies will be available for Vietnamese applicants who meet selection requirements and criteria in the priority fields of study for Vietnam.

Note: Australia Awards Short Courses are only available under Aus4Skills non-scholarship human resource development components.

For more information go to the following websites:

Australia Awards

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australia Awards

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2. What is a formal degree?

'Bang tai chuc' and 'Bang Chuyen Tu' are not formal degrees and are not eligible for an Australia Awards Scholarship. 'Bang Lien Thong' is considered a formal degree if the applicant has graduated from a three-year college course.

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3. Do Masters by research applicants have to have a supervisor to apply? How do I find a supervisor?

Masters by research applicants should show evidence of supervisor contact at application and should supply evidence of past research and highlight outcomes. Please refer to guidance on How to find a supervisor and how to prepare a research proposal.

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4. Does the category “Vietnamese companies” include State companies?

Yes, if you are an employee of a State company at the central or provincial level.

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5. Are persons employed on Government projects (cán bộ dự án) but not Government employees (công chức/viên chức) eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Yes, if you are working on a Government project at the central or provincial level and are not a Government employee, you are eligible to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship and if you meet the requirements of the respective applicant group of Central agency or Provincial agency.

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6. Can employees of international or foreign invested companies apply for a scholarship?

No. Employees of international or foreign invested companies cannot apply and are ineligible. This includes Vietnamese subsidiaries of foreign companies.

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7. Can applicants with a master’s degree apply for a scholarship for a second master’s degree?

No. Applicants cannot apply for a scholarship for a second master’s degree. If you already have a master’s degree or are nearing completion of a master’s degree you cannot apply for another master’s degree, even in a different field.

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8. What are the English Language requirements for applications for the 2020 selection round/2021 intake?

 Applicant Group 

 English language requirement 

 

Equity of Access (cross-cutting)

  • Persons with disability
  • Rural disadvantaged

- No IELTS requirement at application

- IELTS 4.5 (no sub-band below 3.5)

- If you do not submit an IELTS score at the application stage or IELTS score does not meet the above requirement, you must take the DFAT-funded IELTS Selection test after being shortlisted, and must meet the score of IELTS 4.5 (no sub-band below 3.5)

 

- Provincial agencies, including mass- organisations (except Hanoi, HCM City, Hai Phong, Danang, Hue and Can Tho)

 

- No IELTS requirement at application

- IELTS 4.5 (no sub-band below 4.0)

- If you do not submit an IELTS score at the application stage or IELTS score does not meet the above requirement, you must take the DFAT-funded IELTS Selection test after being shortlisted, and must meet the score of IELTS 4.5 (no sub-band below 4.0)

 - Central agencies, including mass organisations

 - City-level agencies in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Danang, Hue and Can Tho

 - Vocational education and training colleges 

 - Submit IELTS certificate at application

 - IELTS 5.0 (no sub-band below 4.5)

 - Pronvicially based universities

 - Research institutions

 - Vietnamese NGOs

 - Vietnamese companies 

 

- Submit IELTS certificate at application 

- IELTS 5.5 (no sub-band below 5.0)

 

 - Universities inHanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Danang, Hue and Can Tho 

- International NGOs, UN agencies, embassies 

 - Submit IELTS certificate at application

 - IELTS 6.5 (no sub-band below 6.0)

* IELTS, TOEFL iBT or BTE Academic certificates will be valid if the tests have been on or after 1 January 2019. Valid certificates must be submitted with the online application by 30 April 2020 and will not be accepted if submitted after that date. 

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9. Can IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Academic test certificates be submitted after the scholarship application closes?

No, these test certificates cannot be submitted after the scholarship application closes on 30 April 2020.

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10. If applicants have graduated from a university in an English-speaking country or where the language of instruction is English do they need to have an IELTS certificate?

Yes, they need to have an IELTS certificate. All applicants, whether at application or as a short-listed candidate following the IELTS selection test, must have a valid IELTS (or TOEFL iBT or PTE Academic) certificate that meets the minimum IELTS requirements for designated application groups.

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11. How will the 24-month's relevant work experience requirement be calculated?

The 24-month work experience is calculated from the day of course completion shown on the university transcript to the scholarship application closing date, which should be supported by a work contract or official recruitment decision for government employees.

All applicants, except Equity of Access applicants, must have 24-month recent relevant work experience in Vietnam at the time of application.

Any probation period will be included as part of the 24-month calculation. Work experience undertaken during studies will not be taken into account.

Equity of Access applicants are not required to be employed for a full 24-month period, but they should have at least 12-month relevant work experience calculated as set out above.

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12. Does the 24-month work experience have to be with the same employer?

Work experience does not have to be continuous or with the same employer but should be relevant to your proposed field of study.

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13. What evidence of work experience has to be submitted on application?

All applicants must submit with their application certified copies of work contracts or official recruitment decision, if they are government employees, to prove they have the required period of relevant work experience. These documents do not have to be translated into English.

All applicants are also required to submit with their application a Employer Reference Letter from their current (or previous employer, if applicants are currently not employed).

Equity of Access applicants must show evidence of at least 12-month relevant work experience in their work contracts and Employer Reference Letter.

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14. How are application forms and supporting documentation submitted?

All applicants MUST submit their application on-line through the OASIS system together with supporting documentation by 30 April 2020.

Hard copy applications will not be accepted and will be deemed ineligible.

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15. What supporting documents are required to be submitted?

A list of supporting documents must be uploaded with the online Application Form. Failure to provide all required documents may make an application ineligible. Please refer to Supporting Documents for full list of required documents.

Please note that provincial agency and Equity of Access applicants across all applicant groups do not need to submit an IELTS certificate at application. However, if shortlisted for an interview, provincial agency and Equity of Access applicants must sit for an IELTS selection test, which is paid by DFAT and meet the minimum IELTS requirements. Provincial agency applicants must meet at least IELTS 4.5 (no sub-band below 4.0) and Equity of Access applicants must meet at least IELTS 4.5 (no sub-band below 3.5).

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16. Who can certify university/college academic transcripts?

University academic transcripts can be certified by the Rector, Deputy Rector, the Head of the Training Department or Deputy Head of the Training Department of the university/college or by a Public Notary. Other documents should be certified by a Public Notary.

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17. Who will sign the Employer Reference Letter if I am not currently employed?

In this case the Employer Reference Letter should be signed by the last employer of the applicant and have the employer’s official stamp.

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18. How are applications assessed?

A Joint Selection Committee (JSC) comprising representatives from the Australian Embassy and the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) decides the recipients of Australia Awards Scholarships. The selection process includes an interview in English for all short-listed candidates. Applicants are assessed on the basis of merit, transparency and equal access based on the following factors:

  • Academic competence;
  • Professional and personal qualities;
  • Relevance of proposed studies to current work and/or career objectives;
  • Potential contribution to your organisation and Vietnam’s development and promoting relationships between Vietnam and Australia and
  • Leadership potential.

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 19. When will applicants be notified that they have been awarded a scholarship?

For all short-listed Australia Awards Scholarship candidates, a decision is expected on conditional awards by end of July/early August 2020.

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20. What is the difference between Masters by coursework and Masters by research?

A Masters by coursework is a degree where the course consists primarily of a series of compulsory and elective subjects. A Masters by coursework usually involves attendance at lectures, tutorials or laboratory classes, depending on the course and university. A Masters by coursework may also contain a minor thesis or research subject in one semester.

A Masters by research is awarded following the completion of a major thesis, involving original research, under the supervision of a senior academic (called a supervisor). Normally there are no lectures or classes, although some Masters by research degrees may also include one or two compulsory subjects.

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21. What split courses are available for the 2020 selection round/2021 intake?

Under an agreement between the Australian National University (ANU) and the National Economics University (NEU), a split course arrangement is available for two courses at ANU: Master of International and Development Economics and Master of Environmental and Resource Economics. The first year of study will take place at NEU and the second year at ANU. The Australia Awards Scholarship would cover only the second year of study at ANU. Further information on the ANU/NEU split course can be found here.

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22. Should the proposed courses be in the field previously studied?

For Master degree, applicants who nominate a course in a field of study in Australia that is different from their academic background can still be considered, depending on their relevant work experience and career goals. In the application you must demonstrate how you would use the knowledge and skills gained in your proposed studies to advance Vietnam’s development when you return from Australia. You should also consider whether you have sufficient academic and work background in the nominated field of study to meet entry requirements and successfully complete the course.

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23. Can courses of study be changed after the application submission?

In the first instance, applicants should choose carefully courses which fit with their English Language levels (or expected English Language levels after pre-departure training if required) in order to minimise the need to change courses after their application.

Applicants must choose both courses in Preference 1 and Preference 2 in the same field of study. If applicants choose courses in different fields of study, they will be required to change one of their courses so that both courses are in the same field of study.

For applicants who may have to undertake pre-departure English language training, the selected Preference 2 course in the application form should preferably have a lower English language level requirement than the Preference 1 course, in case a candidate cannot reach the English language entry requirement for the Preference 1 course.

Shortlisted candidates and conditional awardees are only allowed to change courses in exceptional circumstances. The change will be considered on a case-by-case basis with the condition that i) the new course selected must be in the same field of study, ii) be relevant to the candidate’s work experience and/or career objectives and iii) be supported by their employer if currently employed.

At placement stage, if candidates cannot satisfy the academic and English Language entry requirement of their selected courses at an Australian university, which have been approved by the Joint Selection Committee, then their scholarship may be withdrawn.

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24. As a Government employee, what are the requirements to return to my employer post-study in relation to Vietnamese law and regulations?

It is your responsibility to fulfill your contract’s obligations or any other agreements with your employers.

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25. What is the duration of the scholarship?

Scholarship will be available for full-time study of an Australian Master qualification for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian education institution including any preparatory training.

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