Australia supporting more than 700 Australia Awards Fellows from developing countries

Media release

27 May 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced 37 Australian organisations have been selected to provide 733 Australia Awards Fellows from 51 developing countries with training and professional development in the latest round of the Australia Awards Fellowships.

Senator Carr said Australia Awards Fellowships provide senior officials and mid-career professionals from developing countries with the opportunity to undertake short-term study, research and professional development within Australian organisations.

"The Australian Government is committed to helping our closest neighbours respond to development issues," Senator Carr said.

"Australia Awards Fellowships provide education and training to professionals who are in a position to advance the development of their countries when they return home.

"They also strengthen links between organisations in Australia and developing countries in our region.

"This latest round of Fellowships will build capacity in a variety of sectors including: border management and people movement in Indonesia; avoidable blindness in Myanmar and Laos; health in Timor Leste; blood transfusion services in the Pacific; and dispute resolution in Cambodia."

Close to three quarters of the Australia Awards Fellows selected through the latest round are from Asia, contributing to the Government's commitment to provide 12,000 'Asian Century' Australia Awards over the next five years.

Senator Carr said Australia Awards Fellowships are an ideal way to share Australia's expertise and make a difference to the lives of people overseas.

"The Australian Government is providing $13.4 million to support this latest round of Australia Awards Fellowships and has invested more than $126 million to support Fellows from developing countries since 2007," Senator Carr said.

"This investment has engaged an influential network of approximately 6,550 leaders from across the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean who now have strong links to Australia."

There are two funding rounds per year. The first of the 733 Fellows will arrive in July 2013.

The next round, for programs beginning in 2014, opens on 13 May 2013 and will close on 19 June 2013.

A list of successful Australia Awards Fellowships funded through the latest round is available at www.ausaid.gov.au/Publications/Pages/aus-awards-fellowships-round-13.aspx

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