The 2016 Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships (AAPS) which is currently accepting applications from Solomon Islanders and who are interested in studying abroad at selected Pacific universities will soon close.
A statement from the Australian Government yesterday said, the scholarships will provide successful applicants with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence economic and social development in Solomon Islands.
Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne on Thursday urged Solomon Islanders who are interested to apply before the cut-off date of 30 June 2015.
The statement highlighted that scholarships will be offered in priority sectors where the Solomon Islands Government has identified critical resource gaps. Priority fields include – health, gender, education, engineering, economics and law.
Scholarships are merit based, meaning applicants will be assessed purely on their leadership potential, academic competence and their potential to impact on development challenges in Solomon Islands.
The Australia Awards program has a strong gender equality policy, which means that half of the scholarships are awarded to women and half to men.People from minority groups or with disabilities are also encouraged to apply.
Application forms can be collected from the guard house at the Australian High Commission,corner of Hibiscus Avenue and Mud Alley.
Further information can be found at the Australian High Commission Solomon Islands website http://solomonislands.embassy.gov.au
Applications must be received by the Australian High Commission in Honiara by 4pm on Tuesday 30th June 2015. Applicants are urged to ensure all documents are attached before submitting, as late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
“Please submit two copies of your application, which can be hand delivered to either the Australian High Commission Annex near Heritage Park Hotel or the Australian High Commission, corner of Hibiscus Avenue and Mud Alley. Postal applications to PO Box 589 Honiara, Solomon Islands will also be accepted.”