720 applications received for Australia Awards scholarships 2020 intake

(AHC Release): Applications closed on Tuesday 30 April for the Australia Awards 2020 intake. 720 applications were received and are now being independently assessed.

The Australian High Commissioner His Excellency Mr Roderick Brazier thanked all applicants.

‘I’m delighted so many Solomon Islanders applied for an Australia Award again this year. Studying in Australia is a fantastic opportunity that helps develop some of Solomon Islands’ best and brightest and strengthens the friendship between Solomon Islands and Australia. I wish all applicants good luck.’

Applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted by the Australian High Commission (AHC) in late June or early July. The public is asked to note that applicants who are not shortlisted for an interview will not be contacted.

Before being independently assessed against set criteria, each application will have the applicant’s name removed (and a unique identifying number assigned) to ensure every application is assessed fairly regardless of the applicant’s sex or family name.

Following reports in Honiara earlier this year of scams falsely offering Australia Awards scholarships, the Australian High Commission asks the general public to be wary of any individuals offering an interview or scholarship for study in Australia. The general public should be mindful that:

– Australian High Commission representatives never ask local people for money.

– Australian High Commission representatives only conduct business from official email accounts – not Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook or other publically available email providers.

– If you have any doubt as to whether an individual claiming to be an Australian High Commission representative is who they say they are, you should contact the Australian High Commission either in person on the corner of Hibiscus Avenue and Mud Alley in Honiara or by telephone on 21561.

– If you have been the victim of a scam you should report it to the police.

Australia is proud to have offered Australia Awards scholarships to Solomon Islanders since the 1980s.