Africa Fellowships

Applications for the 2013 Africa Fellowships (formerly called Short Course Awards) are now closed. The information below is for background purposes only.

It is expected that opportunities for Short Course training in 2014 under the Africa Fellowships will be advertised in 2013 for eligible African candidates. The application form and further information will be available through this website in 2013.

Australia Awards – Africa Fellowships

Desired Applicant Profile (DAP) (indicative)

Course English French Portuguese Arabic
Agriculture – Soil and Water Conservation Link Link
Agriculture – Post-harvest Management of Maize, Rice and Legumes Link Link
Agriculture – Livestock Link Link
Mining – Managing the Social and Environmental Impacts of Mining Link Link
Mining – Geospatial Information Systems Link Link
Mining – Mining Resources: Regulation and Revenue Management Link Link
International Diplomacy Link Link

In 2013, Africa Fellowships were offered in Agriculture, Health, Mining, Public Policy and Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

Target group

  • You are a national of an eligible country.
  • You are a mid- to senior-level professional working in Agriculture, Health, Mining, Public Policy or Technical and Vocational Education and Training with a focus on policy, practice, research or reform in your sector.
  • You have a clear vision of how you will use the knowledge gained through the Short Course to improve policy, practice, research or reform in your sector upon return to your home country.
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • People living with a disability are encouraged to apply.


  • You must be no older than 50 years at the date of your application.
  • You must have at least five years’ work experience in a relevant policy, practice, research or reform role following graduation. Preference will be given to candidates with greater periods of experience.
  • You must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory English proficiency is required as the courses are delivered in English.
  • You must be willing to make a formal commitment to return to your current employment following completion of the Short Course.
  • You must meet the general minimum eligibility criteria outlined below.

Support service options

  • Special needs assistance as deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis.

General eligibility criteria for Africa Fellowships applicants

  • You have citizenship of an eligible African country and you are currently living in the country of your nationality.
  • You are not married to/or a de facto of, or engaged to be married to a person who holds or is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • You satisfy any specific criteria established by the applicant’s country and/or government of citizenship.
  • You satisfy all the requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) student visa.
  • You satisfy any specific admission requirements of the institution at which the Short Course is to be undertaken.

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