South Asia Scholarships Program (SASP) for Nepal 2012-13

Information for awards commencing in 2013


Development Awards in Nepal


Australia’s international development assistance in Nepal aims to alleviate poverty and provide a peace dividend by focusing on service delivery in health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene and by providing jobs through micro-enterprise development. Most of Australia's assistance to Nepal is delivered through the Government of Nepal and in partnership with other donors and multilateral organizations. Scholarships to study in Australia are a key element of Australia’s support and integral to the Australian Government’s development cooperation across South Asia.


Australian Development Scholarships are aligned with Australia’s development assistance in Nepal, targeting human resource gaps in agreed priority sectors.  They aim to provide successful applicants with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence economic and social development.


AusAID offers Development Awards on the basis of merit, transparency and equal access.  We strongly encourage applications from women, people with disability, and people from traditionally marginalised groups.


Priority Sectors


The priority areas of study for Australian Development Awards in Nepal are: Health, Education, Livelihoods/Poverty Alleviation, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Governance (Economics and Public Policy)


Type and Level of Awards


Australian Development Scholarships

These are long term development awards providing Nepalis (including public servants) with the opportunity to obtain tertiary qualifications at an Australian tertiary institution.


Australian Leadership Award Scholarships

Up to 200 of the most outstanding Australian Development Scholarship applicants across the globe will be offered an Australian Leadership Award in addition to their scholarship.


These extra entitlements will include a Leadership for Development Program designed to enhance leadership knowledge and skills.  Recipients will be brought together with other Australian Leadership Awardees for leadership training, development discussions and the chance to build valuable networks. 


Selections will be based on the applicant’s professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential impact on development challenges in their country or region.


Eligibility Criteria


Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements detailed in the Scholarships Handbook, available at:


Applicants must also meet the following specific eligibility requirements for Nepal:

1.       be a citizen of Nepal and residing in Nepal ;

2.       should have a minimum academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 or above (with no individual band less than 6.0) or an equivalent TOEFL paper-based/internet based test score. However, all women applicants, people with disability and applicants from traditionally marginalised groups should have a minimum academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 or above (with no individual band less than 5.0) or an equivalent TOEFL paper-based/ internet based test score. IELTS or TOEFL test must have validity until 1 January 2013;

3.       have a tertiary level qualification at least equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree (i.e. four years bachelor degree or three years bachelor degree and a master degree);

4.       have at least five years’ work experience relevant to a nominated field of study, except for women, people with disability and traditionally marginalized groups who only require at least three years experience;

Special Conditions


In addition, applicants must be minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the scholarship.  Applicants from the public sector for Australian Development Scholarships will require nomination by the Ministry of Finance.


Applicants wishing to undertake a Masters by Research or a PhD must undertake the initial investigation to locate an appropriate supervisor.  Australian higher education institutions’ websites identify their area of research strength.


Successful candidates will commence studies at an Australian university in January 2013. Recipients of scholarships are required to return to Nepal for at least two years after completing their studies.


Application dates for study commencing in Australia in 2013


Opening date:                   1 February 2012

Closing date:                     30 April 2012


Applications or supporting documents received after this date will not be considered.


The Application Process­             


Online applications

To apply online please do so at:


Hardcopy applications

All applicants are encouraged to apply through Online Australian Scholarship Information System (OASIS). However, those who do not have access to internet may collect application forms from South Asia Scholarships Program (SASP) office.


Supporting Documents


In addition to the documents listed below, you must also provide your Curriculum Vitae with your application to meet the specific requirements for Nepal:


Curriculum Vitae template is available on


Documents required with your application


The following documents must be uploaded with your application. A number of them must also be certified by an authorized person in Nepal. If you are uncertain about the required documents, or whether they need to be certified, or who is authorised to certify your documents, contact the SASP team.


·         Birth certificate/ Passport /National ID/Driving license

·         Tertiary degree certificates (four years bachelor or three years bachelor plus a masters degree)

·         Academic grades

·         IELTS or TOEFL certificates

·         Certificate of special achievements or merit

·         Three referee reports (two academic and one professional)

·         Evidence of communication with proposed Institute for Phd and Masters by Research

·         Research proposal for Master by Research or PhD

·         Nomination letter from the Ministry of Finance for   public servants (who want to apply from the public sector for the Australian Development Scholarships)

·         Employment Letter (if employed)

·         Police clearance certificate (after selection)





The Selection Process­­­­­


The selection process will include a technical assessment by education experts, a written task and an interview with Australian Government personnel.  The assessment will take into account academic performance, relevant experience, AusAID development priorities, gender and social inclusion.


Further Information 


Further information about the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the various Australian tertiary institutions and courses can be found at:


More general information about the Australia Awards, studying in Australia and the Australian Agency for International Development can be found at


Contact Details 


South Asia Scholarships Program (SASP)

GPO Box – 8974, EPC – 211

Panipokhari, Chhetrabikram Marg, Maharajgunj Kathmandu - Nepal

T (+977) 1 4002614





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