Australia: ADS Scholarships (1)
Priority Development Areas and Fields of Study
Scholarships are generally available for full-time post-graduate study, from certificate level to PhD at Australian universities. Priority is given to fields of study that assist development goals. From time to time the Australian government and Indonesia review these criteria and adjust the emphasis of the program.
The broad areas of agreed priority in 2006/2007 are Economic Management, Democratic Institutions and Practice, Basic Social Services and Security and Stability. Areas of agreed priority will be updated whenever more information becomes available. Note : Priority development areas (or sectors) are not fields of study. The fields of study are listed beneath the priority development areas.
Keeping in mind these priorities, Australia and Indonesia remain responsive to development needs. For example in 1999 in response to Indonesia's economic crisis, 60 scholarships were set aside for disciplines relating to Indonesia's economic reform program such as finance, accounting, economics, law and business.
If you are thinking about studying for a particular profession, you should know that the ADS does not include practical training periods required for professional registration. Students are expected to complete practical training in their home country.
The disciplines listed in the various fields of study are indicative, but not exclusive. Candidates must apply to study courses which fall within AusAID's priority academic areas.
Improving economic management through support for critical measures for accelerated structural reform, including assistance for revenue enhancement, financial sector restructuring and supervision, and debt management
Democratic Institutions and Practice
Strengthening the institutions and practices of democracy through assistance for legal and judicial reform, the institutions of human rights and public accountability, electoral and parliamentary processes and institutions and civil society
Basic Social Services
Increasing the accessibility and quality of basic social services through policy engagement at the national level and support for planning and implementation at district level and support for community based approaches
Security and Stability
Enhancing security and stability through support for law enforcement and counter-terrorism capacity building, conflict and disaster prevention and humanitarian assistance for vulnerable groups
Example Fields of Study
agribusiness; agriculture; aquaculture and fisheries; audit; civil society; computer science and information technology; conflict resolution; decentralization; development studies; economics and economic management; education and training; education management and leadership; engineering; environmental resource management; financial systems; gender equity; governance; health management; health services; human resource development; human resource management; human rights; industrial development; industrial relations; international relations; international studies; peace studies; political science and government; public administration; public sector reform; regional and community planning and development; science; tax reform; teacher training; trade and development; water quality management; women in development.
Applicants should carefully consider their choices before applying and be prepared to discuss these at interview. Once the offer of a scholarship has been made it is not possible to upgrade to a higher degree.
Candidates considering study for particular professions should note that ADS does not include the practical training period required for professional registration, e.g. medical internships, legal articles etc.