Veterans' Scholarship Fund FAQs
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Veterans' Scholarship Fund

Australia - USA: Round 1 Closed

2019 Applications open on February 1, 2019 and close March 18

USA - Australia: Round 2 Closed

2019 Applications open on February 1, 2019 and close November 11


General

What is the American-Australian Veterans' Fund Scholarship Program?

  • Each year the Association hosts two veteran scholarship rounds, which support international study and exchange in each direction between our two countries.  Scholarships are awarded up to a maximum of US$40,000 for one-year, to support technical, professional, undergraduate or graduate study across all disciplinary fields. The scholarship award may be used to support travel, living, tuition or other associated costs.

How do I apply for the Australia to USA direction?

  •  2018 Round 1 – Australia to USA Veterans: This round has been awarded. Please view our 2018 A-U veteran scholar class here
  • The 2019 Australia to USA veteran round will re-open on Feb 1, 2019.

How do I apply for the Australia to USA direction?

  • 2018 Round 2 – USA to Australia Veterans: Applications now open, with a closing date of November 11, 2018, 11:59PM EST (New York Time).

Does the Association help arrange university or institutional affiliations in the US or Australia?

  • No. Applicants must make their own arrangements for university affiliation and have a confirmed placement by the time the Scholarship is awarded.

Eligibility

Who is eligible for the American-Australian Veterans' Fund Scholarship Program?

Australia to US round 1:

  • Applicants coming from Australia to the US must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia
  • Applicants must be honorably discharged post 9/11
  • Applicants must be planning to undertake a minimum of one-year full time study at an American University 

    Please note: It is not a pre-requisite to have already been accepted into the institution at the time of application. Recipients will have a maximum of two-years from the date of the grant being offered to accept an international placement and receive the award.

US to Australia round 2:

  • Applicants coming from the United States to Australia must be US citizens or permanent residents the US
  • Applicants must be honorably discharged post 9/11
  • Applicants must be planning to undertake a minimum of one-year full time study at an Australian University

    Please note: It is not a pre-requisite to have already been accepted into the institution at the time of application. Recipients will have a maximum of two-years from the date of the grant being offered to accept an international placement and receive the award.

My course of study will not include a formal research component. Am I eligible?

  • Study without a defined purpose is less compelling for a scholarship award. Applicants must explain why being in the Australia/ the US is important to their research or study.

Are sabbaticals supported by the Association's awards?

  • As a general rule our award does not support Scholarships in sabbaticals.

Are their minimum/ maximum time restrictions on the duration of the Scholarship?

  • Scholarships must be for a minimum of 3 months, a maximum of 1 year.

When do I have to begin the Scholarship?

  • Selected Scholars have to start the Scholarship within 24 months of the date they sign the acceptance letter.

I'm an Australian citizen but I'm already studying/ living in the US, am I still eligible to apply for the A to US Scholarships?

  • Yes, you need only be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia. The same rule applies to US citizens wanting to apply for US to Australia Scholarships.



Budget & Finances

What items can be included in the budget?

  • Generally the Scholarship supports the scholars travel, living and studying expenses.

Can I accept other grants or awards in addition to the American Australian Association Scholarship?

  • You may accept additional grants to satisfy your budget needs as described in the application form. However, you must detail the type of grant(s) and amount(s). The Association reserves the right to decline an application if the corresponding budget cannot be justified.

Am I responsible for any taxes incurred as a result of being selected as a Scholar?

  • Yes. Scholars are responsible for any and all taxes incurred. We strongly advise you to seek your own independent taxation counsel.

Can the Scholarship be used to pay for family/dependent travel?

  • No, the Scholarship is to assist the scholar themselves and not their dependents.

If awarded, when must I begin my scholarship?

  • We require scholars to begin their scholarships within 24 months of their acceptance letter.

Application Submission

How do I submit my application?

  • Applications must be submitted online. You will need to set up a site account as an "Email Subscriber (Non-Member)".

How do I set up a site account and register as a Email Subscriber - Non Member?

  1. Go to the Scholarship page you would like to apply for via the scholarship links on the home page
  2. Click on the "Application Form" link or "Apply Now" button
  3. Select "Click here to Register" link
  4. Select "Email Subscriber (Non-Member)" >> click the Continue button
  5. Fill in the remaining details
  6. Return to the Scholarship page you would like to apply for and repeat step 2
  7. Sign In using the Log In details you just created
  8. Start your application!

How will I know when my application has been received?

  • We will generally confirm receipt of your application within 24 hours via an automated message.  

When will successful applicants be notified for the Australia to US Scholarship Program?

  • A select group of applicants will be contacted to interview with the Association via Skype in June or July and successful applicants will be notified soon thereafter.

When will successful applicants be notified for the US to Australia Scholarship Program?

  • A select group of applicants will be contacted to interview with the Association via Skype in January and successful applicants will be notified soon thereafter.

Visa

Does the American Australian Association arrange my immigration visa?

  • No, it is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain the necessary immigration visa. In most cases either the students' home university or their destination university will assist with these arrangements.
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