Since 1995, Australia has provided more than $63 million in aid to Mongolia. The Mongolian program budget is expected to expand from approximately $13.4 million AUD in 2011-12 to $15.6 million in 2012-13. The primary focus of Australia’s development cooperation program is on human resource development through the provision of scholarships. These scholarships are seen by the Governments of Mongolia and Australia as an effective capacity building instrument for government agencies and the broader development of Mongolia.

Australian Leadership Awards

The Australian Awards Leadership Program are supplementary to the Australian Awards Scholarships (AAS).  Up to 200 outstanding Australia Awards Scholarship recipients across the globe will be offered a place in the Australia Awards Leadership Program in addition to their scholarship.  The program brings awardees together in Australia for leadership training, development discussions and the chance to build valuable networks.

More information on AAS is available here.

Australia Awards Mongolia

Australia Awards Mongolia commenced on 1 July 2013, with the goal of improving human capacity in targeted sectors and contributing to recognising Australia as a valuable contributor to Mongolia’s development.

The Program operates under Subsidiary Arrangements between the Governments of Australia and Mongolia and is managed by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade(DFAT) in Ulaanbaatar with oversight from Seoul, South Korea. Each year an Annual Reflection Workshop of stakeholders of the Program considers the activities and achievements of the past year and an Annual Strategic Review uses its recommendations to set directions for the following year. The Program is advised by a Program Coordinating Committee (PCC), a body representing the Government of Mongolia, Government of Australia and major stakeholder organisations.

In 2015, 43 Awards are available, including up to two at PhD level. They will be offered to the best applicants from the public and private sectors. Selection isbased on merit and is highly competitive.

The Australian Government values contributions from all people. It seeks equity and broad participation by all groups in society: women, men, people with disabilities and people living in provinces. Everyone is encouraged to apply.

A compulsory English language training and academic preparation program is offered to candidates selected for Awards. It is delivered in Mongolia.
For those whose English language proficiency is not strong enough to be accepted into courses at Australian universities there is English language training for up to 36 weeks (including academic preparation).
For candidates who already meet English language requirements to study in Australia, there is a compulsory 10 week academic preparation course.

The Program tracks graduates for two years after they return to Mongolia to monitor their reintegration and their contributions to development. All graduates are highly encouraged to join the Mozzies community and become active members.

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For background information about scholarship opportunities, please take the time to browse the Policy Handbook.