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Specialty Field Scholarships

The Graduate Education Fund supports American and Australian Graduate-level students and researchers in various disciplines, to study in each other’s country, through multiple scholarship opportunities. Please read each specialty scholarship outline below as eligibility requirements, application dates and how to apply may vary.

Scholarships

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The AAA Graduate Education Scholarships support American and Australian individuals undertaking or planning to undertake full-time Graduate level study (Masters, Ph.D. or Postdoctoral Research) at an accredited institution in the country of the other, for a minimum of one year. The scholarships outlined below will provide support of up to US $40,000 to those in the specialty fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health, Medicine and Sustainability. Scholarship funds may be used toward travel, living, tuition and other associated educational costs.

Submission Period:

Australia to USA: Open for application on February 1 to March 15 each year.

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USA to Australia: Open for application on September 1 to October 15 each year.

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Eligibility requirements Australia to USA direction:

  • All AUS to USA applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident (dual citizens or USA permanent residents are not eligible);
  • Applicants must have a formal letter of offer into the accredited institution, program or course, in the country of the other, at the time of application;
  • Applicants must be conducting research or studying within the fields supported;
  • Applicants must be studying at Graduate-level or above (Masters, Ph.D. or Postdoctoral Research);
  • Applicants may already have commenced their studies in the USA, but must have at least one-year of full-time study left at the time of application.

Eligibility requirements USA to Australia direction:

  • All USA to AUS applicants must be an American citizen or permanent resident (dual citizens or AUS permanent residents are not eligible);
  • Applicants must have a formal letter of offer into the accredited institution, program or course, in the country of the other, at the time of application;
  • Applicants must be conducting research or studying within the fields supported;
  • Applicants must be studying at Graduate-level or above (Masters, Ph.D. or Postdoctoral Research);
  • Applicants may already have commenced their studies in Australia, but must have at least one-year of full-time study left at the time of application.

Required Application Documents:

  • High-resolution headshot & in-action study field shot (min 1MB, 300 DPI);
  • Video presentation (max 1 minute – introducing yourself & your planned research/study abroad);
  • Passport biographic page from Australia or USA;
  • Offer or acceptance letter from your host university or research supervisor, confirming your placement;
  • Academic transcripts for Graduate and/or Undergraduate study;
  • Resume (please reduce to 1-page);
  • Detailed budget outlining expenses and income throughout the year of supported study – please download and use the Graduate Education Scholarships Budget Template as a guide. This is available to download in the application portal;
  • Three referees to list in the Letter of Recommendation section. Please note: after listing, referees will be automatically contacted to complete a recommendation within the online submission form. This is not viewable to the applicant.

An example of each application can be downloaded here:

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The AAA-Sustainable Health Care Funding (SHCF) Scholarship will fund one American or one Australian Graduate (Postdoctoral, Ph.D. or Masters) student or researcher to undertake comparative research in the field of health care policy and management.  Applicants with specializations, including but not limited to financing and delivery of health care; the organization and management of health care delivery systems; the politics of health care policy reform; the impact of health care policy reform on the delivery of health care; or health care economics are invited to apply.  Research focus should include comparisons and lessons learnt from existing Australian and American health care systems. The inclusion of comparisons with New Zealand, Canada or Asian countries is also welcome.

The proposed program of research may be carried out under the auspices of an accredited Australian or American tertiary/research institution. Placements or exchanges abroad from your existing university to undertake independent research projects may also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Proposed independent research projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The duration of research in Australia or the USA should not be less than three-months and should begin within a year from the application closing date.

This scholarship will provide support of up to US $40,000 and may be used to support tuition, travel, living expenses and any other associated educational or research costs.

Submission Period:

Australia to USA: Open for application year round.

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USA to Australia: Open for application year round.

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Rationale for the Scholarship:

Effective and efficient provision of health care is a key measure of every society.  However, the rapid development of innovative (and expensive) treatments and the increasing proportion of retirees in the population are straining existing funding systems for health care.  Each country has developed multiple approaches to address these funding issues, both at the taxation/insurance level, and at the patient/treatment level.  There are also major differences in approach within countries by region, employment status, and/or insurance scheme design.

The purpose of the SHCF Scholarship is to encourage comparative research across countries to identify and develop practical approaches that could lead to more sustainable funding systems in Australia and the USA over the next 10-20 years.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidate must have affiliation, placement or letter of offer from an Australian or American University/research institution, or agreement from their Australian or American University/institution to undertake the proposed research project in the country of the other;
  • Candidate must be an American citizen or permanent resident if going to Australia or an Australian citizen or permanent resident if going to America;
  • Candidate must have prior knowledge or experience in health care administration, and/or a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management;
  • Candidate’s references must indicate strong professional promise.

Required Application Documents:

  • High-resolution headshot & in-action study field shot (min 1MB, 300 DPI);
  • Video presentation (max 1 minute – introducing yourself & your planned research/study abroad);
  • Passport biographic page from Australia or USA;
  • Offer or acceptance letter from your host university or research supervisor, confirming your placement;
  • Academic transcripts for Graduate and/or Undergraduate study;
  • Resume (please reduce to 1-page);
  • Detailed budget outlining expenses and income throughout the year of supported study – please download and use the Graduate Education Scholarships Budget Template as a guide. This is available to download in the application portal;
  • Three referees to list in the Letter of Recommendation section. Please note: after listing, referees will be automatically contacted to complete a recommendation within the online submission form. This is not viewable to the applicant.

Selection Criteria:

Applicants who fulfill the general eligibility requirements will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of existing health care funding systems in Australia, the USA and other Australasian countries;
  • Ability to analyze health care epidemiological, activity or financial data sets;
  • Applicability of the proposed research topic to health care funding issues in both Australia and the USA;
  • Practicality of the proposed research project given the time available;
  • Commitment to make research findings available to AAA and the public.

An example of each application can be downloaded here:

Natural wildfires are increasing in their severity and frequency and can have widespread and devastating impact on people, communities, infrastructure and natural resources.  In light of recent wildfires in both Australia and the United States, the American Australian Association has created a new Wildfire Research Scholarship, offering support of up to US $40,000 for one Australian and one American candidate to undertake Graduate (Postdoctoral, Ph.D. or Masters) level research or study. Will support study or research in wildfire emergency response and recovery; to develop new strategies for reducing fire severity, enhancing land management, improving response coordination and communication and expediting recovery for community and wildlife populations. Possible research topics could include, but are not limited to predictive fire modelling, using technology to fight fires, fire weather patterns, land, fuel or asset management, disaster resilience education, emergency warning communication.

Through this scholarship, we hope to enhance understanding of wildfires and to develop new and novel approaches that can mitigate their harmful effects.

Submission Period:

Australia to USA: Open for application February 1 to March 15. 

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USA to Australia: Open for application September 1 to October 15.

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidate must have affiliation, placement or a letter of offer from an Australian or American University/research institution, or agreement from their Australian or American University/institution to undertake the proposed research project in the country of the other;
  • Candidate must be an American citizen or permanent resident if going to Australia or an Australian citizen or permanent resident if going to America (dual citizens or permanent residents of both countries are not eligible);
  • Candidates must be studying at Graduate-level or above (Masters, Ph.D. or Postdoctoral Research);
  • Candidates must be conducting research or study around wildfires;
  • Candidates may already have commenced their studies in the country of the other but must have at least one-year of full-time study left at the time of application.
  • Candidate’s references must indicate strong professional promise.

Required Application Documents:

  • High-resolution headshot & in-action study field shot (min 1MB, 300 DPI);
  • Video presentation (max 1 minute – introducing yourself & your planned research/study abroad);
  • Passport biographic page from Australia or USA;
  • Offer or acceptance letter from your host university or research supervisor, confirming your placement;
  • Academic transcripts for Graduate and/or Undergraduate study;
  • Resume (please reduce to 1-page);
  • Detailed budget outlining expenses and income throughout the year of supported study – please download and use the Graduate Education Scholarships Budget Template as a guide. This is available to download in the application portal;
  • Three referees to list in the Letter of Recommendation section. Please note: after listing, referees will be automatically contacted to complete a recommendation within the online submission form. This is not viewable to the applicant.

An example of each application can be downloaded here:

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions prior to starting an application.

Inquiries

To make inquiries about these scholarships please contact AAA Education Manager – scholarships@aaanyc.org | +1 212 338 6860 x 304.