In 2023, ACIAR in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) and DOST Science Education Institute, will offer Filipino nationals associated with DOST-PCAARRD and ACIAR research projects up to five (5) places within the JAF program (JAF-Philippines). The JAF-Philippines is one of two components, jointly funded by DOST and ACIAR and administered through the Australia Awards. Successful applicants will commence their PhD studies in Australia in academic year 2024-25. Please refer to https://www.australiaawardsphilippines.org/jaf for details on the program.
Please note that for this round (2024 intake), scholarships for the PhD are associated with DOST-PCAARRD and ACIAR Research Projects. For inquiries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For PhD applicants under JAF-Philippines, please use the button below to upload the following required documents:
You upload at many as 20 files using the button below. Each file should be no more than 10mb.
Please convert the file into PDF format before uploading as the system will only accept PDF. You can combine multiple pages of TOR into a single PDF file.
Please follow this naming convention to ensure that the files are tagged accordingly: yoursurname-typeoffile
Bond, James - Transcript.pdfBond, James - Passport.pdfBond, James - Concept Note.pdf
To convert files into pdf, you may refer to free online tools such as:
To merge pdf files, you may refer to free online tools such as:
Private Facebook Group
To help us manage queries and concerns raised regarding the applications period, we have created a private facebook group for applicants where we can respond to your queries.
We encourage you to join this private group and post your inquiries: https://www.facebook.com/groups/applicants2017.
If at any time you encounter difficulty / error in filling out the online application form, please post it in the facebook group immediately. We will be checking our facebook updates every 24 hours.
For very urgent concerns, you may contact helpdesk through
NOTE TO PREVIOUS APPLICANTS: If you have applied in the past two years, you do not to create a new account but just edit your previous application form by opening the edit link sent to your email during your time of application. You may also email our helpdesk to retrieve your previous link email@example.com
Please indicate your personal details as they appear in your most recent government-issued ID.
Current address (Please provide a mailing address where you can be contacted when a decision is reached. Separate the lines for street, barangay, town, city/province.)
For OPEN Category applicants, please upload your Affidavit of Citizenship and Residency. You may refer to the sample template here: https://www.australiaawardsphilippines.org/scholarships/applicants#vertical-nav-item5. Please note that we are only accepting this document.
For TARGETED Category applicants (employees holding permanent plantilla positions nominated from these government agencies: DPWH, DBM, DSWD, DFA, DILG, NEDA, CSC, DOTR, PCC, PhCC and DTI), please upload your Birth Certificate or passport.
(JAF) For PhD applicants under JAF-Philippines, please upload your Birth Certificate AND passport bio page.
The computer system will no longer allow you to create another application form. So be sure to go to your email to get the edit link and access your online form.
The link looks something like this: "https://www.jotform.com/edit/1233214566515677891"
If you do not see an email from the system after ten minutes, please alert Eping Sasa (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately.
To be able to assess your GPA accurately, we are using the grading system where 1.0 is the highest and 5.0 is the lowest. If you are using a different grading system (e.g., Ateneo where 4.0 is the highest, kindly convert them accordingly using the conversion table below).
Refer to this conversion table: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_grading_in_the_Philippines
Upload a certification of GPA/GWA of your completed course from the university where you completed your degree. The certification must contain information about your GPA/GWA, completed degree, and year of completion.
TOR is only acceptable if there is an indicated GWA in the document.
This a required document and your application will not be processed if this requirement is not submitted.
(JAF) For PhD applicants under JAF Philippines, please upload certification of GPA/GWA for both BS and MS degrees.
Put "Not Applicable" in the first box if you do not have entries in this section
Put "Not Applicable" in the first column if you do not have entries in this section.
(JAF) For PhD applicants under JAF Philippines, please upload a recommendation from your Head of Agency which includes assurance: i) of your academic ability; and ii) that you will be granted permission to take leave of absence while on scholarship for 48 months
Kindly indicate all positions held in an organisation.
Put "Not Applicable" in the first column if you do not have entries in this section
Relevant training / seminars / conferences refer to those that you have attended after your college graduation. The training should be held within the last five (5) years.
Publications are those peer-reviewed and published in recognised professional journals.
Undergraduate and masteral theses are not counted as publications.
Please indicate below your proposed study and your university. Use the resources in this website to learn about courses and universities in Australia http://cricos.education.gov.au/
You can view sample on how to search here:
(JAF) For PhD applicants under JAF Philippines, please upload: i) a one-page concept of your proposed thesis/dissertation; ii) the research endorsement by the Australian Project Leader of the ACIAR-PCAARRD project (email or cover letter); iii) the research endorsement by the proposed Supervisor at the Australian-based University (email or cover letter); and your proposed Program of Study (work plan for PhD by research)
Please upload the following documents:
You may download this annotated REAP form for help on how to fill out the REAP form.
You will notice that many sections in the REAP form have a word count e.g., 0/200. This means you can only input 200 words maximum into that box. The "0" will increase into the total word count as soon as you start inputting text.
The Re-entry Action Plan (REAP) is a formal document that represents a scholar's commitment to honor the conditions of the Australia Awards Scholarships (see Scholarship Handbook section 4.2). It is a mechanism that allows scholars to apply what they have learned in Australia to contribute to Philippine development through a meaningful project in an organisation or community.
The REAP should clearly and succinctly explain how the delivery of its proposed output or outputs will improve the services or performance of the Host Organisation and ultimately contribute to the achievement of the goals set in the Philippine Government's Ambisyon Natin 2040, and the goals of the Australian Government in the Philippines.
Fill out the following sections after reading these required documents.
Direct Beneficiaries. Who will directly benefit from the implementation of your REAP? How many target beneficiaries does your REAP have? How will your REAP Project help your target beneficiaries? You should clearly and logically explain how your REAP will help your target beneficiaries.
Indirect Beneficiaries. Who will benefit from the improved services or performance of the direct beneficiaries of your REAP?
Gender, Disability, and Social Inclusion (GEDSI). How will women and other marginalised groups (i.e., IP, PWD, LGBTQ++, etc) benefit from the implementation of your REAP? Provide specific strategies to respond to the needs of the specific groups.
The REAP should be fully implemented within two years from when a scholar returns from Australia. The REAP should clearly and succinctly explain how the applicant commits to doing this. Experience of past successful applicants indicates the following factors that ensure the effectiveness of implementing REAP: (i) it should have a Host Organisation where the REAP will be implemented, (ii) the goals of the REAP should align with the goals of the Host Organisation, (iii) the Host Organisation is committed to the completion and full implementation of your REAP.
Name. What is the name of the organisation where your REAP will be implemented (your own organisation or another organisation)?
Nature of business. What is the nature of business of your Host Organisation? Give an overview of this organisation. What kind of an organisation is it (NGO, public agency, professional association, etc.)? What does this organisation do?
Alignment of goals. How are the goals of your Host Organisation aligned with the goals of your REAP? Experience of past successful applicants highlights the importance of this alignment in ensuring the support of the Host Organisation.
Commitment to the full implementation of your REAP. Give a short description of how you relate to this organisation. How did you come to know about this organisation and why did you choose it to be your host? Do you have a Mentor or Champion within the Host Organisation? Experience of past successful applicants highlight the importance of having a Mentor or a Champion within the Host Organisation that will help ensure its full support to the completion and full implementation of your REAP Project.
Reasonableness. Explain how your REAP Project can be FULLY implemented within the time requirement upon your return from your studies in Australia. Kindly provide a clear and logical discussion of how you intend to FULLY implement your REAP Project within the time requirement upon your return, including your strategy for accessing the necessary financial support, and in spite of the other personal, social or professional commitments you may have then.
Connectedness. How can your relationship / connectedness with the Host Organisation help you in completely implementing your REAP?
Alignment of Competencies. What competencies do you hope to improve or gain when you study in Australia? How will your proposed program of study help provide these competencies? You must clearly and succinctly articulate the importance of your proposed program of study to providing the competencies you need to implement your REAP Project.
Measurability. How will you track the progress of the implementation of your REAP Project? What are your milestones? Divide your REAP implementation timeline into four (4) milestones: 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%.
The REAP Project should produce an output or outputs that will help Host Organisations improve their services or performance. These improvements, however, should continue beyond the implementation of the REAP Project. The REAP should therefore clearly articulate how these improvements will be sustained after the completion of the REAP Project. Experience of past successful applicants highlight the importance getting the full support of Host Organisations to institutionalise the REAP Project outputs.
Describe the risks that might impact on the success of the Action Plan and how you plan to manage these to ensure success.
Identify factors that will block/limit/slowdown accomplishment of intended results or lessen quality of outputs. Indicate how these will be addressed.
The information below is used to assist the AAAEP-P in monitoring, supporting, and improving services to all students. Disclosing this information will not affect your admission to the program. Your response will remain confidential.
Australia Awards Scholarships strongly encourages applications from people with disability who are otherwise eligible for a scholarship. Under the Disability Discrimination Act, Australian education institutions have to provide 'reasonable adjustments' to students with disability to assist access to study. To assess the likely support needs, appropriate assistance, and the capacity of relevant institutions to provide the assistance, awardees with a disability/special need must provide details of the disability and/or special need when they accept their offer. This information is bound by Australian privacy laws and will be disclosed only for the purpose of facilitating an accessible barrier-free learning environment.
Under Australian law, disability includes physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological, learning disabilities, physical disfigurement, and the presence in the body of disease-causing organisms (http://www.hreoc.gov.au/disability_rights/dda_guide/who/who.html)
Modifications to physical or learning environments, including additional educational supports such as sign interpreters and captioning, may be available depending on the relevant Institution's capacity. Australia Awards will advise the Institution of any special requirements associated with an Awardee so that the Institution can pass these details to the Institution’s Disability Liaison Officer prior to the Awardee arriving on-campus. Where an Institution is not able to provide the assistance requested, other Institutions may be recommended.
The next questions ask about difficulties you may have doing certain activities because of a ‘HEALTH PROBLEM’
Previous Local and/or International Scholarships (PrevSchol)
Please provide only the most recent. Attach a separate list if there is not enough space.
Leave as blank if this is not applicable to you.
You may upload a separate sheet if you have more than 2 recent scholarships.
English Language Proficiency
All other applicants will be required to submit the English Language Proficiency Exam results after being shortlisted for interview.
For those who are submitting results taken previously, please note that validity of the result is two years only. Ensure that your exam result is still valid by the time you will start your enrolment. For instance, if you are studying in January 2019, tests taken prior to January 2017 are no longer valid.
If YES, please upload the result using the button here:
Current and Past Education (AcadQuali)
Please include any studies you are currently undertaking and studies you have completed.
For those completed studies you will be required to input your GPA, 1 being the highest and 5 the lowest.
If your school (such as DLSU) uses a GPA with 4 as highest, you need to convert this into 1-5 scale. Refer to this link for the equivalence scale posted here:
Provide only tertiary level education (College, Masters and PhD). Note that as indicated in the prequalification questions, ONLY COLLEGE GRADUATES are qualified to pursue post-graduate studies and avail the scholarships.
Start with the Highest qualifications, e.g., doctorate studies comes first before masters studies.
Academic Qualification 1 - Highest COMPLETED Degree
Please indicate your highest completed degree
Academic Qualification 2
Input your other degrees here, completed or ongoin
Academic Qualification 3
Current Employment 1 (CurEmp1)
Current employment may include work experience, consultancies and voluntary work. Choose only the 2 most relevant employment to this application.
Leave as blank if you are not currently employed.
Please indicate the label which best describes the level of your position in your organisational structure. Are you in the top management, middle management, supervisory, technical staff, rank and file?
Brief description of duties and responsibilities. Limit to 200 words only.
Please indicate if you will be returning to this position after your scholarships.
If 'Yes', please explain briefly how will this scholarship contribute to the organisation's human resource development needs.
If ‘No’, what type of industry do you hope to return to after studies?
Current Employment 2 (CurEmp2)
Previous Employment (PrevEmp)
Employment history should also include work experience, consultancies, community work and voluntary work. Select the five most relevant to this application
Previous Position 1
Previous Position 2
Previous Position 3
Previous Position 4
Previous Position 5
A. Academic Awards (AcadAward)
Please list down academic-related awards received during your studies. Academic-related awards include Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude.
Dean's Listers are not counted as academic- related awards.
These are awards received during after your studies and in line with your professional life. Choose only the top 5 most relevant to your application.
The following section details about your memberships in various organisations during your student life, in your circles, and in the society/community.
DO NOT put the membership to an organisation twice. Select the most appropriate section for each organisation (academe, extra-curricular, professional/civic).
A. Academic Organisations (AcadMem)
Kindly indicate memberships in organisations in the academe when you were still a student in the past.
Membership 1 (AcadMem1)
Membership 2 (AcadMem2)