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“ALA Scholarships is a prestigious program open to current and emerging leaders in the Asia-Pacific region” said Mr Smith.

“An ALA Scholarship is a significant opportunity for high achievers in the Philippines to extend their education, strengthen their leadership skills, build networks and develop strategies to address the development challenges we share.”

ALA Scholarships are one of the Australian Government scholarship programs managed by the Australian Agency for International Development, AusAID. Over $A133 million is spent annually on scholarships through out the aid program.

The Australian Leadership Awards – Scholarships provide funding for study at Masters and Doctorate levels in Australia.  The ALA Scholarships aim to foster leadership, build partnerships and linkages and address issues of priority that affect people across the Asia-Pacific Region.

Up to150 Scholarships are being offered for students from countries within the region to study at Australian universities in 2009, including candidates from the Philippines.  Scholars will be selected from a highly competitive regional pool on the basis of demonstrated leadership qualities and academic achievement. Sixteen (16) scholars were selected from the Philippines in 2008.

Awards are open for all fields of study however study programs that relate to the priority themes of shared regional interest – international trade, pandemics, security and climate change (including clean energy) – are encouraged.

As well as providing higher education degrees, ALA Scholarships also offer scholars the opportunity to participate in a unique Leadership Development Program.  

Applications for 2009 ALA Scholarships close on 30 June 2008.

For further information go to http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/ala.cfm (Australian Government/AusAid)

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