Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) 2012 for Masters Level Study

The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) invites people who are committed to contributing to the development of Pakistan to apply for the 2012 Australian Development Scholarships (ADS), for Masters Level Study, offered as part of the Australia Awards. Australian Development Scholarships offer citizens of developing countries the opportunity to undertake postgraduate study in Australia.

ADS targets public sector reforms and improved standard of governance in both public and private sectors. The aim is to improve technical and leadership capacity of men and women working in federal and provincial governments, non-profit civil society, and the private sector. The scholarships cover the full cost of travel to and from Australia, tuition fees and a living allowance for the duration of the academic course. Successful applicants (who currently reside in Pakistan the year round) must be available to take up the award in Semester 1, January 2012.

General Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all of the ADS’s general eligibility criteria. These include:

  • be Pakistani citizens (dual nationals are not eligible), and currently residing in Pakistan;
  • not have applied for or hold permanent residency in Australia or New Zealand;
  • not be married or engaged to a person who is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence;
  • satisfy Australian Government requirements for international student visas for entry to Australia (health, character etc.);
  • be able to clear a Police Security Clearance conducted by a third party on behalf of AusAID;
  • not hold another scholarship;
  • not have held a foreign scholarship in the 24 months preceding the application (24 months are calculated from the date of arrival back in Pakistan to the closing date for applications);
  • be applying to commence a new course of study and not be seeking support for a course already commenced in Australia (on-going study programs will not be supported);
  • be able to take up the scholarship in the year for which it is offered;
  • have outlined a case that is clear about their objectives and motivation to make a contribution to development in Pakistan;
  • be not more than 45 years of age at the time of application;
  • have completed 16 years of education;
  • be able to meet the profile specific eligibility criteria under which they are applying (see the four profiles on the ADS website given below);
  • be applying for a Masters level course;
  • be applying for courses that fall within the priority sectors identified below;
  • satisfy the admission requirements of the Australian tertiary institution and the course to be undertaken;
  • have a relevant academic background to the proposed study in Australia;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements for the Scholarship;
  • at the time of application candidates applying under Profile 4 must have a current IELTS score of 7 with no band less than 6;
  • candidates applying under Profile 1, 2 & 3 successful in preliminary screening and having no current IELTS score, will be required to take an IELTS test on short notice (an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 is required for eligibility);
  • have at least 2 years work experience in the field in which they are applying (5 years experience is required for applicants falling under profile 2); and must return to his/her home country to take up a position that utilizes his/her study for a minimum period of two years.

Priority Sectors

The Australian Development Scholarships are offered in line with Pakistan’s key development priorities. These are:

  • Maternal, neonatal and child health services
  • Rural development & food security
  • Basic education services
  • Governance

Priority will be given to applicants from Baluchistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Five per cent of the awards are reserved for people living with disabilities, or for those working with people with disabilities. High priority will be given to those who have not had the opportunity to study overseas at the post-graduate level. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

How to apply?

Further information and details on how to apply are available on the ADS website:

All applicants have to ensure they fall under one of the four scholar profiles and meet the profile specific eligibility criteria as outlined on the website.

Application Forms

Hard copies of Application Forms are available at the following TCS Express centers:

  • 54 The Mall ,Near PTV Station Peshawar.
  • 11 Kashmir Road Sadar, Rawalpindi.
  • Shop # B 11-14 Aslam Market Aabpara Islamabad.
  • Main MA Jinnah Road Opposite Askari Commercial Bank, Quetta.

Last date for submission of application forms is Friday 8 April 2011.

Forms will be accepted via courier on the address given below.

Contact Details

For further information, you may please contact:

Australian Development Scholarships
Level 4, Serena Business Complex, Khayaban-e-Suharwardy,
Sector G-5/1, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Telephone: +92 (051) 2600186-9
Fax: +92 (051) 2600191
E-mail: info (at) adspakistan (dot) com (dot) pk

44 thoughts on “Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) 2012 for Masters Level Study

  1. Hina Malhi

    Dear Concern,

    I did my MBA (Finance) in 2008 and since 2009 I am working as an Assistant Accountant at Private Limited Company.

    I heard about Australian Development Scholarship So be informed can Apply for MS in Banking & Finance (or any other subject that is related to Accounts)?

  2. Adrian

    I am Adrian, how can I apply this scholarships. Now I still work in PT. GGLC as Animal welfare officer.

  3. Malik Abdul Rehman

    I have done master in English Hitory And Literature. Can I apply for M.Phil English History and Literature. Thank you, I will be very thankful to you for this act of kindness.

  4. Kanwals Khan

    Sir, I am Kanwal Khan and I belong to Gilgit Baltistan. I have done my MBBS now I want further study In Australia, kindly guide me.

  5. Shafiq Ahmed

    Honourable sir, I am studying in Lasbela University Of Agriculture Water & Marine Sciences Uthal, Balochistan PAKISTAN. I am completing my BS (Hons) in Agriculture Department of Agronomy. I want to apply ADS scholarship. Kindly encourage me to study abroad for better Agriculture Education.

    In (Balochistan) Pakistan there is a lack of agriculture scientists to educate and give new information to the farmers to fulfill their food and feed requirements for increase the economy of the country. Therefore, your kind authority please give me a one chance to get my MSC in Australia.

  6. Mox

    I would like to pursue Masters in IT related field preferable computer systems engineering or networking. I did BSc (Honours) Computer Systems Engineering from Sunderland offered through Botswana Accountancy College so i would like to do the aforementioned course but does not have scholarship. How can i get the scholarship.

  7. Rizwan Shoukat

    I am doing B.Sc. agricultural engineering from university of agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan. Sir I belong to a poor family. I physically disabled person. My right leg and arm had affected by polio. Sir, I want to MSc agricultural engineering on disability scholarship. I am poor student. I am very fond of further study. Is there any scholarship for international disabled student. Thank you sir. I will be very thankful to you for this act of kindness.

  8. Mahmood

    Hi sir,
    I have applied for Australian Development Scholarships but tell me how much time it will take to complete the process.


  9. Altaf Orakzai


    I have done BS in Computer Science. I want to apply for Master in Computer Science.
    Can anyone help me? How I can find a list of universities and courses, which I have to select for master degree? Regards

  10. Hayatullah

    I have done my masters in botany and have a keen interest to study abroad if you don,t mind please provide all necessary information regarding this scholarship. I belong to a remote area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa i.e. Dir Lower and it will be a great opportunity for me. Your earliest response in this regard will be highly appreciated and will extremely encouraging for me. Thank you.

  11. Mohsin Jafari

    I am Master in Botany. I am searching full bright scholarship for Australia to do MPhil. Please inform me. Thanks.

  12. Sher Murad Khan

    Dear honorable sir,
    I am Sher Murad and belong to a developing district of Pakistan as famous with the name Chitral. Presently I am working in DEMIS Govt Education Sector in Chitral and I belong to a middle class family. I am graduated from Malakand University and now I am keen interested to get admission in any reputable university in Australia and obtain Master degree in Arts. So that I will enhance my capacity building and to offer service to the public specifically to the people of Chitral in education sector as your may know well that there are such a valley in Chitral who are not well aware about the education and its importance.

    I hope keeping in view my interest and willing you may very kindly send me full type of guidance to apply for master degree under scholarship program
    Sher Murad Khan

  13. Khan Bahadar

    Dear and Honourable Sir,
    Trust this this e- mail will find you in the best of health and usual happiness. Presently I am serving as Doctor in Government of Pakistan and I have passed my MBBS MD {PAEDIATRIC} & MMSPH exam. I am keen intrusted to get admission in Australia and obtain a master degree in the specialty MCH & NEONAT Advertiser specially for Fata & Baluchistan 2013 so that I will enhance my professional capacity building and to offer quality services to the general public as well as the people of FATA.

    The TCS addresses given in ads newspaper is refusing saying that we don’t have forms & we don’t know. You are requested to help us whats the problem. Why they they fail to provide forms to apply in time. Therefore, it is requested that your guidance and advise will be much fruitful and help me in my entire life.


    Yours Sincerely,

  14. Abdul Sattar

    I am Masters in English Language and Literature. I want to do MPhil from some reputed university. Can I join this program?

    Abdul Sattar

  15. AAKASH.

    i have done my d.v.m. degree from universty of veternary and animal sciences lhr. now i am intrested for further study abroad australia. plz guide me.

  16. Ashfaq Ahmad

    sir i have had my BS (hons) degree in geology. i have overall band of 7 in ielts with 7.5 in listening and 7 in remaining each. sir i cant understand the profiles to which should i apply

  17. Mujahid Hussain Mohmand Agency

    Its a great opportunity for us to study abroad under ads Pakistan. Plz announce more scholarships for fata.

  18. Ali khan

    Assalam u aliykum
    i am Ali khan i passed my fsc exam with gr8 marks in medical and i also pass the matric scholarship but now i need higher education so plz i want to study in Australia for higher education.

  19. arz muhammed

    i am arz muhammed msc botany and want to do msc forestry , kindly help me i am already wildlife officer, from pakistan


  20. Shahid

    I done my MBA in 2010 and i m working on contract in Govt Department since 2003, plz reply me can i apply for ADS

  21. Muhammad Zubair

    Sir I have done my Master in Economics and residence of FATA, i would like to enrich from the sophisticated and advance education of first world country, for which i would like to know about all process of FATa scholarships. thank u

  22. Fatima G.sakhi

    I have done my Master in Persian literature can i apply for ADS 2012 if yes then in which profile…?

  23. fazliamin

    sir i am MA IR and i want to apply but i cant understand on the ilets and can a candidate apply without ilets.thanks

  24. aaimal khan

    I have completed my BS in Marine Sciences i want to know that can i apply for MS under Australian Development Scholarship 2012…..

  25. aaimal khan

    I have completed my BS in Marine Sciences i want to know that can i apply for MS under Australian Development Scholarship 2012

  26. Fida Hussain

    Dear and Honourable Sir,
    Trust this this e- mail will find you in the best of health and usual happiness.Presently I am serving as Deputy Secretary Law & Prosecution in Government of Gilgit-Baltistan and i have passed my B.A,L.L.B exam from University of Karachi Pakistan.I am keen intrusted to get admission in any well reputable University in Australia and obtain a master degree in the speciality of “Public Administration and Management OR LLM ” so that i will enhance my professional capacity building and to offer quality services to the general public as well as the people of Gilgit- Baltistan.Therefore, it is requested that your guidance and advise will be much fruitful and help me in my entire life.YOUR CO- OPERATION WILL BE APPRECIATED.Thanks
    Yours Sincerely,
    Fida Hussain Deputy Secretary Law & Prosecution Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan

  27. KHAN


  28. riyan

    i have done my MA engish literature,ielts,toefl.want to do mphill lingustic 4rm austraila through scholarship.

  29. Mohammad hussain

    i have don my master in sociology. i would ask can i apply for Australian development scholarship.

  30. Abdul Ahad Kamal

    I have completed MBA in 2005, and since 2006 i have been working private bank. I would like know whether i can apply for MS in banking and finance under Australian Development Scholarship.


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