The Australia Awards in Mongolia Program (also known as Mongolia Australian Scholarship Program, MASP) is part of a range of AusAID-funded Australian scholarships offered to developing countries, collectively called Australian Awards. The aim is to support education, human resource development and to build links between Australia and the recipient country.
Australia Awards in Mongolia is designed to improve the human resource needs of selected Mongolian Government Agencies, develop economic sectors of priority to Mongolia, and enhance the opportunities for knowledge sharing and Institutional linkages between Australia and Mongolia.
The program focuses on Masters level study. There are two categories of scholarships offered:
- Category 1 which are provided to individuals from targeted government ministries and agencies
- Category 2 which are provided to individuals from other public sector agencies, the private sector, universities and NGOs.
Thirty eight scholarships are offered through the program in 2012. These will be evenly distributed between men and women, in line with the program's gender equality aims.
The program’s monitoring and evaluation framework received the Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award from the Australasian Evaluation Society in 2012.
The Australia Awards in Mongolia Program was preceded by the Mongolia-Australia Targeted Capacity Building and Small Activity Facility, which ran from 2003 to 2008 and was also managed by Coffey International Development. Since 2003, over 150 scholarships have been provided by Australia to Mongolia through these two programs.
The next round of scholarship applications open on 1 February 2013 and close on 30 April 2013 . Full details, including application forms, information and handbooks are available on the MASP website