Selection Process

There are several steps before a candidate is recommended for 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.

Compliance 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 against criteria set by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ranked and returned for consideration by a short-listing panel comprising Australian and nominated Mongolian representatives, separate from the Australia Awards-Mongolia Office.


AApplicants, who met eligibility requirements and demonstrated clear, realistic development contributions to Mongolia from their studies, are short-listed. 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 nominated, qualified Mongolian representatives, separate from the Australia Awards – Mongolia office. The interview panel recommends candidates who best met selection criteria prescribed by DFAT 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.

2018 approximate selection timeline

 Application round opens on OASIS 1 February 2018
Compliance checking  May 2018
Independent evaluation of applications  May-June 2018
Short-listing candidates for interview June 2018
Interview candidates June 2018
Recommendations finalised and candidates informed August 2018
Placements for Semester 1, 2019 August 2018
Mainstream English language training (Module 1) commences  August 2018
Academic Preparation course commences (for awardees commencing in Semester 1, 2019)  October 2018

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