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Friday, January 22, 2016

Australian government offers local scholarship program on graduate studies for Mindanaoans
By Emmanuel D. Taghoy

ZAMBOANGA CITY, January 22 (PIA) – The Australian government through the Philippines-Australia Human Resource and Organisational Development Facility (PAHRODF) is now accepting applications for the In-Country Scholarship Program (ICSP)-2.

The scholarship is open to all Mindanaoans who are interested to pursue their graduate studies and is committed to work for the development of the Bangsamoro.

Eligible applicants should have at least two years of work experience; have not been the subject of any disciplinary actions that warranted suspension or expulsion from employers. This requires a certification of no pending administrative case from employer.

Moreover, the applicant should not be a beneficiary of any scholarship or other education assistance program at the time of application or during the duration of the scholarship; and lastly, the applicant must pass the program entry requirements of the academic institution where he intends to enrol.

Over 15 graduate programs are up for grabs available in various academic institutions in the Philippines, such as Public Administration (public policy, analysis, governance, finance, procurement); Peace and Development Studies; Disaster Risk Reduction and Management; Climate Change Adaptation; Human Resource Management and Development; Organisational Development; Development Communications; Program Management; Entrepreneurship; Micro-Finance; Engineering (civil and mechanical); Public Health; Social Welfare and Protection; Gender and Development; Educational Studies (teaching strategies, early childhood, assessment); School Management; TechVoc for Senior High School; Agricultural Development/Rural Development; and Local Economic Development.

The ICSP hopes to help strengthen select Philippine institutions or individuals in priority fields relevant to current development trends. It complements the Australia Awards Scholarships that provides partners with options for long term study.

Its pilot scholarship offering was launched last 2012 with a total of 99 awardees from Mindanao, based particularly in conflict and post-conflict affected areas.

Submission of applications is due on February 15, 2016.

For more information, interested applicants may visit their website at: