Australia Awards’ Africa Fellowships open for Mauritian students
An initiative of the Australian Government, Australia Awards provide many opportunities for eligible qualified African countries in the sectors of post graduate education, training and professional development. (Image: Australia Awards Africa)
For those students in Mauritius who are eligible for higher education and are eyeing promising avenues abroad, there’s good news. Australia Awards announced the Africa Fellowships open till January 17, 2014.
An initiative of the Australian Government, Australia Awards provide many opportunities for eligible qualified African countries in the sectors of post graduate education, training and professional development.
There are two types of awards offered under its purview: Australia Awards Scholarships and Australia Awards – Africa Fellowships. The former has been declared closed but the latter is open till mid-January.
The Australian government has been sponsoring Mauritius students since 2011 and the island is eligible for both awards, under which 13 scholarships and 20 fellowships respectively were offered for the 2013 academic year.
The aim of the Australia Awards is to train qualified people in such a way that they can actively contribute to the development of their home countries.
The priority areas of the Australia Awards scholarships for Mauritius are: agriculture and food security, infrastructure, natural resources management, as well as public policy.
The Australia Awards Fellowships priority areas for the island economy are agriculture/food security covering soil and water conservation agriculture, post-harvest management and livestock, and public policy covering organisational and employee development, public-private partnerships and trade.
Nowadays, Mauritius counts a large number of Mauritian alumni coming from the Australia Awards across public and private sectors and community based organizations.
Besides Mauritius, Australia Awards Scholarships also enable people from other African countries to undertake higher degree studies in Australia at a Masters level while the Fellowship Awards provide the opportunity to undertake short-term, targeted professional training courses in either Australia or Africa, in a range of development-focused sectors.
For instance, both Mozambique and Kenya have been beneficiaries of the Australia Awards since 1988 with 13 Scholarships and 11 Fellowships offered to Mozambique while 41 Scholarships and 49 Fellowships were bagged by Kenya for 2013.
Incidentally, the two countries share the same priority areas under the scope of the Australia Awards: agriculture and food security, health, natural resource management and public policy, among others.
Further, the Australia Awards give African countries the opportunity to get access to knowledge without any discrimination, as it encourages people with disability to apply as well.