The Australian High Commission in Port Moresby says the Australia Awards are prestige international scholarships and short courses funded by the Australian government which offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.
One such graduate is Kama None, who proudly wore a PNG bilas at the completion ceremony for her Master of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney last December. The High Commission says that as an Australia Awards scholar, None was selected for her academic and leadership skills and motivation to contribute to PNG's development.
"My Master's program was very interesting because most units of study were problem- and solution-based and industry oriented," Kama said, who is now back in Goroka and set to use her new skills and networks to drive positive change.
Applicants are assessed on their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in Papua New Guinea.
Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability and those from the provinces. To find out more visit www.australiaawardspng.org
Australia Awards is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade contribute to the achievement of development objectives across a range of sectors and are a feature of nearly all of Australia's bilateral aid programs.
In 2020, the intake is expected to offer nearly 2000 awards to individuals from around 50 developing countries.