Selection Process

There are several steps before a candidate is recommended to receive an Australia Award Scholarship. This is important to make sure the selection process is open, transparent and defensible and to identify the best candidates. These will be candidates who meet all eligibility requirements and who are most likely to make valuable contributions to Mongolia's development when they return.

Validation checks

After the application closing date, each application is checked against the eligibility criteria and that all required documents are attached, notarized (if required) and valid. This identifies the pool of applications to be considered further.

Technical assessment

Eligible applications are assessed by an independent panel, ranked and returned to the Australia Award Office for consideration by a short-listing panel comprising Australian and Mongolian representatives.


Applicants, who met eligibility requirements and demonstrated clear, realistic development contributions to Mongolia from their studies, are short-listed by a panel consisting of representatives from Mongolia and Australia. The number of short-listed candidates depends on the scholarships available. Not all assessed applicants are short-listed.


Short-listed applicants are interviewed by a panel chaired by a senior Australian Government officer and including qualified Mongolian representatives. The interview panel recommends candidates who best met the selection criteria and demonstrated good, realistic ideas to contribute to development in Mongolia. The number recommended for Australia Awards depends on the quality of the candidates and the number of Awards available. Recommended candidates must be approved by a DFAT delegate.

Australia Award offer

Candidates approved by the DFAT delegate are made provisional offers of Australia Awards Scholarships. Before these are confirmed, recipients must:

  • meet all university entry requirements
  • have confirmed places at universities in Australia
  • meet all visa requirements, including health requirements.

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