Priority fields of study for Vietnamese applicants


Priority Themes of Study

  • Governance and Economic Growth (economics, competition, international trade, public policy, public finance management, corporate finance, law to support economic integration, entrepreneurship and innovation)
  • Transport (project management and financing, traffic forecasting, transport engineering, social and environmental safeguards, urban transport planning and management, transport master planning, public-private partnership, transport economics, road safety and audit, logistics management)
  • Water and sanitation (water management, water engineering, water quality and supply systems, water and waste water)
  • Education (education management, vocational education management)
  • Gender Equality (gender and development, women’s studies)
  • Agriculture and Rural Development (agribusiness, agricultural economics, rural development, sustainable tourism management, food safety)
  • Regional Stability and Human Rights (cyber security, international law, international human rights law)
  • Disability (including social work, special education)
  • Climate Change (including disaster risk reduction)

Studies in other fields will be considered on the basis of merit.

Ineligible courses

Please note that applications for the following courses are ineligible:

  • MBA
  • IT hardware and software
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Communication/Media/Journalism

Split Courses

For the AAS 2019 selection round/2020 intake a split course option is open for two courses at the Australian National University (ANU): Master of International and Development Economics and Master of Environmental and Resource Economics. The first year of study will take place at the National Economics University (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. 

Relationship to previous courses

For Master degree applicants who nominate a course in a field of study in Australia that is different from their academic background this 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.

Selection and changes in courses of study

  • On application, 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.
  • 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 selected, in case a candidate cannot reach the English Language entry requirement for the Preference 1 course.
  • Shortlisted candidates and conditional awardees may be able to change their course in exceptional circumstances. The reasons for course change will be considered on a case-by-case basis with the condition that the new course selected should be in the same field of study, be relevant to the candidate's work experience and/or career objectives and be supported by their employer if currently employed.
  • At placement stage, if awardees cannot satisfy the English language entry requirement at an Australian university of their selected courses in the same field of study, which have been approved by the Joint Selection Committee, then their scholarship may be withdrawn.

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