On behalf of the Australian High Commission, Nauru

Australia Awards Scholarship outcomes for 2018

Media release

03 October 2017

The Australia High Commission (DFAT) is pleased to announce the Australia Award Scholarship (AAS) and Australia Award Pacific Scholarship (AAPS) outcomes for the 2018 intake.

“This year we are pleased to offer eight AAS awards for university study in Australia and ten AAPS awards to study at universities and technical training institutes in the Pacific region to Nauruan citizens,” said High Commissioner John Donnelly.

“The selection committees for both the AAS and AAPS were spoiled for choice with good candidates this year. With 154 applications this year the Committees had more than three times as many applicants as were received in 2016!”
The Selection Committees for the AAS and AAPS are chaired by an Australian High Commission officer and include the DFAT Scholarships Manager, a representative from the Government of Nauru, and an AAS or AAPS Alumni (former scholarship recipient).

Each year, DFAT provides over $800,000 for scholarships from the $21.2 million per annum Australia-Nauru development cooperation program. The scholarships aim to build skills and develop knowledge that contributes to economic and human development in Nauru. Students gain qualifications in priority fields identified by the Government of Nauru, such as accounting, engineering, education, health, environment, law and public sector management.

The award recipients will undertake studies at their chosen Australian tertiary institutions through the AAS, and at tertiary and vocational institutions in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu or Papua New Guinea through AAPS.

“I would like to thank the 154 applicants that submitted their applications in April”, High Commissioner Donnelly said. “While we are very pleased with the high number of quality applications it does mean that a lot of deserving applicants have missed out this year. However I would urge those that weren’t successful this time to keep striving towards their academic goals.”

“We would also like to re-introduce in the 50th anniversary year a small number of ‘Hammer DeRoburt’ scholarships for Government of Nauru staff that are focused on areas of public administration, public policy and good governance. This idea was raised during Minister Fierravanti-Wells’ visit to Nauru in April 2017.”

The Australian High Commission would like to congratulate the successful candidates and sincerely thank the Government of Nauru and Alumni selection committee members for participating in the selection process this year.

Congratulations again to the successful 18 Awardees of AAS & AAPS 2018 Intake

Monte Depaune Doctoral Fisheries University of Wollongong
Clarissa Jeremiah Masters Governance/Public Policy University of Queensland
Mavis Depaune Doctoral Environmental Science University of Wollongong
Anou Debao Bachelor Civil Engineering QLD University of Tech
Royce Detabene Bachelor Aircraft Engineer Aviation Australia
Elkana Capelle Bachelor Information Technology Macquarie University
Javic Dube Bachelor Engineer (Renewable Energy) TAFE, NSW
Myann Capelle Bachelor Paramedical studies Griffith University
Christal Teabuge Bachelor Medicine (Surgery) Fiji School of Medicine
Salome Harris Bachelor Education (Primary level) USP, Suva.
Lucette Aliklik Bachelor Governance/Public Policy USP, Suva
Osanna Harris Bachelor Environmental Management USP, Suva
Peter Jack Giouba Bachelor Economic/Finance USP, Suva
Kazma Appi Bachelor Medicine (Surgery) Fiji School of Medicine
Kerina Reweru Bachelor Nursing Fiji School of Nursing
Vianka Ribauw Diploma Accounting USP, Suva
Julie Halstead Bachelor Commerce/Public Admin USP, Suva
Ryback Itaia Diploma Civil Engineer Fiji National University

Applications for the 2019 Australia Award Scholarships intake will open from 1 February to 30 April 2018.