Financial Support

MASTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRATISATION (ASIA PACIFIC) SCHOLARSHIPS

The University of Sydney, in partnership with the Ateneo de Manila University (the Philippines), Kathmandu School of Law (Nepal) and Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia), University of Colombo (Sri Lanka) is offering two financial assistance schemes for students from countries in the Asia Pacific region to join the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific).

Scholarships are offered to suitably qualified, local mid-career professionals working in human rights and democratisation who can demonstrate a combination of at least two of the following selection criteria:

  • Regional/geographic representation taking into account the Human Rights Development Index of the country/ies concerned;
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights and democratisation;
  • Relevant professional experience;
  • Strong academic background and/or research ability;
  • Representation of minority groups;
  • Experience of socio-economic, political, physical and/or other forms of disadvantage; and
  • Prospective contribution to the field of human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific region.

Scholarship schemes

Two types of MHRD scholarships are available: an international scholarship and a domestic scholarship. Download the 2015-16 Scholarship Application Form (for both scholarship schemes).

International Scholarship Scheme

This scholarship will cover course fees to the value of 60 credit points of domestic student tuition at the University of Sydney and partner universities. It will also offer a partial stipend to cover some living costs. The International Scholarship Scheme is available to students from the Asia Pacific region. Citizens and/or permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand may apply but will only be awarded International Scholarships in exceptional circumstances. For example, by demonstrating criteria such as representation of minority rights or long term educational disadvantage as explained in the selection criteria. Up to 20 scholarships will be awarded.

Eligible countries of origin from the Asia Pacific Region:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, PDR, Maldives, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand**, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Union of Myanmar, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Wallis & Futuna.

Applicants should note that only a partial stipend is offered. The International Scholarship is not intended to cover the entire cost of living expenses or travel over students’ period of study. The scholarship stipends are available for the first 12 months of study only.

Domestic Scholarship Scheme

This scholarship will cover course fees to the value of 60 credit points of tuition at the University of Sydney and partner universities. The Domestic Scholarship Scheme scholarship is available to citizens and/or permanent residents from Australia and New Zealand only. One scholarship will be awarded.

Please note, that applicants from Australian and New Zealand will automatically be considered under both schemes (i.e. you only have to apply once).

Scholarship deadlines

Applications for this round of Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) scholarships are open until 12pm December 14 2014. Scholarships are for the 2015-16 cohort which will commence study in July 2015.

All applicants must gain admission to the University of Sydney to be eligible for a scholarship. Students must apply for admission via: http://sydney.edu.au/courses/master-of-human-rights-and-democratisation-asia-pacific-regional-program

Scholarship application checklist

Please note that we will not consider incomplete applications for admission or an MHRD scholarship. Also note that the University of Sydney accepts scanned documents submitted online in support of applications for admission to courses of study. All supporting documents must be true and complete records. You should be prepared to provide original documents or original certified copies of supporting documents upon request at any time. More information is available on the Document Submission Guidelines page.

International Students

  1. Completed and signed USYD Postgraduate Coursework Application Form including all supporting documentation as required at: http://sydney.edu.au/courses/master-of-human-rights-and-democratisation-asia-pacific-regional-program
  2. For students from non-English speaking countries, evidence of English language proficiency as according to the University of Sydney’s requirements: http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/documents/international/undergraduate/Sydney-Uni-International-English-Requirements.pdf
  3. Any other supporting documentation you may wish to provide.

Domestic Students

  1. Completed and signed USYD Postgraduate Coursework Application Form including all supporting documentation as required at: http://sydney.edu.au/courses/master-of-human-rights-and-democratisation-asia-pacific-regional-program
  2. Completed and signed MHRD Supplementary Application form – available for download on this page or at the following link: http://sydney.edu.au/future_students/apply_supplementary.shtml

Other Scholarships

For the list of postgraduate coursework scholarships, please consult the scholarship office.

Other Scholarships

For the list of postgraduate coursework scholarships, please consult the scholarship office.

For Australia Awards Scholarship (formerly AusAID scholarship), please consult the Department of Foreign Affairs.