2015 Round Frequently Asked Questions Application When can I apply for the 2015 Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships? Applications for the 2015 Round of the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are now open. Applications will close 30 June 2014 at 11:59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). How do I submit my application? Applications must be submitted using the Endeavour Online Application system. Please refer to the Applications page for further information. When should I submit my application? Before 11.59 pm (AEST) 30 June 2014. Applicants are encouraged to commence their applications early and submit their application as early as possible due to the large volume of users on the system on the final opening days of submission. Submitting early ensures that you will not have any last minute technical problems due to the large number of applications being submitted. What happens if my application is late? The Endeavour Online Application system will not allow you to work on your application after the closing date. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. How can I be sure my application has been submitted? The Endeavour Online Application system will not allow you to submit your application unless your application is complete. Once you have completed your application through the Endeavour Online Application system a submit button will appear. Once you click on the submit button you will receive a system generated email advising you that your application has successfully been submitted through the Endeavour Online Application system. Please keep a copy of this email for your records. If you have submitted but did not receive a notification email, you may contact the Endeavour Management Team. Can I submit my application via post? We recommend that you use the Endeavour Online Application system. If you do not have reliable internet access and are unable to apply online, you can request a hardcopy application form by sending an email stating your country of citizenship and/ or permanent residency, the reason you are unable to apply online and the Scholarship and Fellowship you wish to apply for to [email protected] Please note that applications submitted on previous round Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship application forms will not be accepted. Can I apply for more than one Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship category? Applicants can not apply for a category in which they have already completed an Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship. Applicants may only submit one application per Endeavour category. Applicants must use the same email log in address for each Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship they apply for. Please do not apply for more than one Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship of the same category using different email addresses or the application will be automatically deleted in the Endeavour Online Application system. I applied for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship in a previous round. Can I re-use my application for the current round? Applications can only be used once. If you wish to apply for another round, you must start a new application. I have previously completed a Government Scholarship/Fellowship, can I apply again? To be eligible to receive an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship an applicant must not currently hold or have completed, since 1 January 2013, an Australian Government sponsored scholarship and/or fellowship (directly administered to recipients by the Australian Government). Applicants are not eligible to apply for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship in a category in which they have already completed an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship. Can I have my application returned to me? You can preview and print a copy of your application at any time. Please refer to the Step by Step Guide to using the Endeavour Online Application System. Applications and supporting documents received by post will not be returned. Can members from the same family apply for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship? Members of the same family and/or spouses are eligible to apply for the same Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship and will be considered individually on merit. Do I have to be a certain age to be eligible for an Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship? Recipients must be aged 18 years or over at the commencement of their programme. There is no maximum age limit. What are the success rates and number of Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships available? The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships programme. Currently the programme offers around 500 Scholarships and Fellowships per year however, the Department is unable to estimate how many there might be for any one country/category in any one year as the number of Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships offered varies annually depending upon financial commitments, levels of demand and the number of meritorious application received for each category. Although Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are a merit based, competitive process, the final selection is also required to support current Australian Government priorities and strategic policy objectives and may target specific countries and regions for Scholarships and Fellowships. While we publish the names of successful applicants, we do not publish application data or success rates as we believe that this is not a true Indicator of success given the number and quality of applications varies significantly each year. We would also not like to discourage high caliber applicants from applying. Will successful and unsuccessful applicants be notified of the outcome? Yes. Both unsuccessful and successful applicants are notified of the outcome via email once the selection process is completed. If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why? Due to the high volume of applications received, the Department does not provide individual feedback on why an application was unsuccessful. There may be a number of reasons why an application does not pass through to the next stage of the selection process. Please see feedback for unsuccessful applicants. [Return to Top] Citizenship, Permanent Residency and Visas How do I obtain a visa and/or which visa do I apply for? An offer is conditional upon a recipient obtaining an appropriate visa for their host country. The offer of a scholarship or fellowship does not guarantee the granting of a visa and it is the responsibility of the recipient to ensure they obtain the correct visa type and to meet any visa application costs. Recipients may be required to undertake a medical examination to satisfy health requirements for the issue of a visa for entry into their host country. Recipients will be advised of the visa process at the time of offer. Family members wishing to visit or accompany a Scholarship and Fellowship recipient Holder are also required to obtain their own visa. Does an Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship cover visa costs? Scholarship and Fellowship recipients are responsible for any visa application costs. Applicants should contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection regarding all visa enquiries. I am a non-Australian studying/on a student visa in Australia. Am I eligible to apply for an Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship? You may be eligible to apply as a non-Australian applicant for an Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship, providing you meet all eligibility requirements of the particular category you wish to apply for. Please note however that applicants who have already commenced their programme at their host organisation are ineligible. Any change in the citizenship or permanent residency status of a recipient may necessitate the termination or revocation of the scholarship or fellowship. The recipient may continue their programme but they will no longer be funded to do so. I am a non-Australian applicant in Australia currently holding a bridging/temporary/working or holiday visa. Am I eligible to apply? If you do not hold Australian citizenship and/or permanent residency you must apply as a non-Australian applicant. If a non-Australian applicant is holding an Australian bridging visa for Australian permanent residency, they must apply as a non-Australian applicant (if they do not yet know the outcome of their residency status). Please note however, that if your citizenship and/or permanent residency status changes (you receive Australian permanent residency status), the below will apply. Any change in the citizenship or permanent residency status of a recipient may necessitate the termination or revocation of the scholarship or fellowship. The recipient may continue their programme but they will no longer be funded to do so. I have permanent residency status in Australia. Can I apply for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship as a non-Australian applicant? If you hold permanent residency status in Australia you are considered to be an Australian applicant for the purposes of the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships. You must apply as an Australian applicant. I have dual citizenship. Can I still apply for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship? Applicants/recipients are not eligible to undertake their programme in a country where they hold citizenship, dual citizenship or permanent residency. Can I apply for permanent residency in Australia while I am undertaking my Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship? Any change in the citizenship or permanent residency status of a recipient may necessitate the termination or revocation of the scholarship or fellowship. The recipient may continue their programme but they will no longer be funded to do so. Australian applicants must be citizens and/or an official permanent resident of Australia and must remain so for the duration of their programme and not undertake their programme in a country where they hold citizenship/dual citizenship or permanent residency. Non-Australian applicants must be citizens and/or permanent residents of a participating country and remain so for the duration of their programme and not hold citizenship/dual citizenship or permanent residency of Australia. I am a New Zealand citizen. What Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowships can I apply for? New Zealand citizens without Australian Permanent Residency New Zealand citizens can apply for the Endeavour Research Fellowship (non-Australian) and the Endeavour Executive Fellowship (non-Australian) to undertake study or research in Australia. New Zealand citizens cannot apply for the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship (non-Australian) or the Endeavour Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarship (non-Australian) as New Zealand citizens who are studying in Australia do not pay overseas student fees and are considered to be domestic students . New Zealand citizens who hold Australian Permanent Residency If you are a New Zealand Citizen but hold official permanent residency status in Australia (see below) you must apply as an Australian (outgoing) applicant and provide sufficient evidence of your official permanent residency status in Australia. New Zealand citizens who do not hold official permanent residency status in Australia may apply as a non-Australian (incoming) applicant for an Endeavour Research Fellowship or Endeavour Executive Fellowship only. Do New Zealand citizens automatically have Australian Permanent Residency (PR) status of Australia? No. The Special Category (subclass 444) visa (SCV) is a visa granted to eligible New Zealand citizens. While not considered an ‘Australian permanent residency’ visa for immigration purposes, it allows the holder to remain in Australia indefinitely, as well as unlimited work and study rights. The SCV ceases if the holder departs Australia, and a new SCV must be applied for on each arrival. New Zealand citizens must apply and be granted a visa if they wish to hold Australian permanent residency status. Under the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, an applicant is considered to be Australian (for an outgoing category) if they have Australian citizenship/dual citizenship or Australian permanent residency status. [Return to Top] Proposed Programme When could I commence my Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship? If you are successful, you must commence your Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship and approved programme in the year for which it was granted. For the 2015 Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship Round you must commence your Scholarship or Fellowship between 1 January and 30 November 2015. Can I seek a deferment of my Scholarship or Fellowship to start in a different year? Deferrals will not be permitted. Recipients must commence their approved programme after 1 January 2015 but no later than 30 November 2015. A delay in commencement of a recipients approved programme to a date beyond 30 November may be considered in exceptional circumstances, where those circumstances are wholly beyond the recipients control and only to the minimum delay possible. Work or family commitments, pregnancy or health issues, are not acceptable reasons for delaying commencement beyond 30 November in the year for which the scholarship or fellowship is offered. The recipient will need to decline the offer and reapply when they are ready to commence their Endeavour programme. Can I change my programme and/or the duration of an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship? Recipients must undertake the programme outlined in their application unless otherwise approved by the Department, for at least the minimum duration and no longer than the maximum duration specified in the applicant guidelines. Changes to the recipient’s programme or itinerary must have the prior approval of Austraining International and the Department. Recipients are responsible for all of the programme fees and charges that exceed their Endeavour benefits. Funding is limited to the duration stipulated for each Endeavour Scholarship and/or Fellowship category. I am an Australian applicant. The country/region I am proposing to undertake my programme is a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade level 4 country/region. Can I still undertake my Scholarship or Fellowship in that country/region? Recipients must not travel to a country or region of a country that is assessed by a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade travel advisory at Level 4 (“Do not travel”), during their programme, without the express approval of Austraining International and the Department. Australian recipients must register and subscribe to the host country alerts with www.smartraveller.gov.au prior to commencement of their programme. Can I apply for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship if I have already started my research, study or professional development programme in the host country? Applicants who have already commenced their programme at their host organisation are ineligible to apply. Apart from deciding the organisation/institution that best meets the needs of my proposed programme, are there any other factors I should consider before choosing my destination? Yes. You should investigate and obtain information about the city in which you will live and make sure that it has adequate facilities for your individual needs. Is a Juris Doctor accepted as a proposed programme? A Juris Doctor is considered to be Postgraduate (PhD/Masters) under the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships programme. Please note there is a difference in Scholarship and Fellowship duration, a Masters is 2 years and 4 years for a PhD. If the duration of the proposed Juris Doctor programme is 2 years or less it falls under the Masters sub-category. If the duration is more than 2 year duration the applicant should select the Postgraduate PhD sub-category in their application. Applicants will still be required to submit a formal letter of admission for the 2015 academic year. [Return to Top] Host Organisation Can the Endeavour Management Team help me decide where I should undertake my study? Applicants for the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships seeking a placement are required to make their own approaches to host organisations. As the Department is involved in the selection process we are unable to provide advice on study options. Contact details for Australian universities may be obtained from the Study in Australia website. If I am undertaking research/postdoctoral research towards a degree in my home country, does my research project have to be undertaken at a university? No, although it is usually undertaken at an educational institution, postdoctoral research or research towards a degree in your home institution can be undertaken at a research institution e.g. CSIRO, ACIAR. As a non-Australian applicant am I able to undertake my Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship at an offshore campus of an Australian university? Non-Australian Scholarship and Fellowship recipients must undertake their Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship and approved programme in Australia. As an Australian applicant am I able to undertake my Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship at an offshore campus of an Australian university? Australian recipients must undertake their Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship and approved programme at an international organisation. Recipients cannot undertake their Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship at an offshore campus of an Australian University (excludes the internship component of the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships (Australian). I intend to be hosted by multiple organisations, is this permitted under an Endeavour Research Fellowship? Yes. You must provide a letter of nomination from each of your different proposed hosts. Please upload these nominations in order of preference to your application. Can an organisation nominate their own staff, including academics, for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship? Yes. The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships is a unique opportunity for your staff, peers and colleagues to undertake professional development or continue their study/research. [Return to Top] Fieldwork & Community Service What is Fieldwork? Fieldwork is a research activity directly related to your field of study which is undertaken during your programme outside your host country. Fieldwork outside of a recipient’s host country requires the approval of the recipient’s host organisation, Austraining International and the Department. Stipend payments are not payable for the period that a recipient undertakes fieldwork in their home country except in exceptional circumstances. Any exceptional circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. The total of all periods of fieldwork undertaken should be for no more than 50% of the proposed programme duration and/or the total cumulative duration of all periods of fieldwork may be no more than one year. What should I provide to show evidence of my community service? Applicants are required to provide evidence of unpaid community service. This can be within their field of expertise or in another area. Evidence may include but is not limited to: a certificate of appreciation, letter of acknowledgement, letter from the community service provider, club or center. [Return to Top] Educational Qualifications What educational qualifications must I provide in my application? All applicants (excluding Endeavour Executive Fellowships) must provide a certified copy of a numerically weighted academic transcript of their highest qualification (Bachelor’s Degree minimum) that shows the subjects and scores and includes an explanation of the marking system (if not clear). If you do not have a transcript for your PhD, you must provide a Bachelors or Masters transcript. All Endeavour Executive Fellowships applicants must provide a certified copy of a numerically weighted academic transcript of their highest qualification (minimum needs to be equivalent to an Australian Year 12 secondary qualification, or a trade or vocational qualification of a least AQF accredited certificate III level) that shows the subjects and scores and includes an explanation of the marking system (if not clear). I do not have numerically weighted academic transcripts, can I still apply? We require academic transcripts/official documentation showing specific subjects and how your overall grades were obtained. We require evidence of the progress of your studies in individual subjects, so that we can see, for example, whether your strongest subjects were in the areas in which you propose your specific research inquiry, or whether your grades improved over the course of your years of study. We require evidence of the subjects you completed and of their actual value, not just the one figure for their composite value. This information is required so that panel members can make appropriate and informed recommendations on the ‘academic achievement’ selection criteria. We would suggest you contact your University to obtain this information as your application would be deemed ineligible without this information. I have not completed the minimum educational qualifications for the Scholarship or Fellowship category I am applying for, however I am expected to complete my degree once the application round has closed, can I still apply? At the time of application, you must meet the minimum educational qualification requirements for the scholarship or fellowship category you are applying for, and provide evidence. If you have not met the minimum requirements you should apply next round when you will be able to meet the eligibility requirements. Can I apply for an Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship (non-Australian) to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Australia? You cannot apply for an Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake a Graduate Diploma on its own. Your application will be accepted if you are required to undertake a Graduate Diploma for entry into a Masters Degree. You must be accepted into both the Graduate Diploma and Masters Degree at the time of application and provide evidence in your admission documentation. I am a non-Australian applicant. Can I apply for an Endeavour Scholarship to undertake an Undergraduate Degree? The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships do not provide financial support for non-Australian students to undertake an undergraduate degree in Australia. The Australia Awards Scholarships managed by the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade provide opportunities for people from selected countries to undertake post-secondary level study in Australia. Another option is for you to directly contact the university at which you wish to study and enquire about scholarships the university itself offers to non-Australians students. Most universities have information on the scholarships they offer on their websites. Contact details for Australian universities may be obtained from the Study in Australia website. I am an Australian applicant. Can I apply for an Endeavour Scholarship to undertake a full undergraduate degree overseas? The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships do not offer financial support for Australian undergraduate students. The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government led by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Department of Education is responsible for administering elements of the plan including scholarships and student mobility grants. The New Colombo Plan aims to lift knowledge of the Asia Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region. The Australian Government encourages Australian students to undertake a study overseas experience to immerse themselves into social and academic cultures of other countries. The existing programs aim to increase the overall number of Australian students studying abroad through closer ties with partner institutions overseas. Students can undertake a range of activities as part of their degree or course including internships, clinical placements, volunteer and research projects as well as traditional semester-based study. For more information see the Study Assist website. There may be financial assistance available to you directly from the university at which you wish to study. There is also the option to undertake an exchange semester or year at an overseas university while enrolled at an Australian university that has exchange arrangements in place. Alternatively, you could investigate opportunities available from non-government scholarship bodies. For general information on scholarship programmes available for Australian students please visit the Study Overseas website which provides comprehensive information for Australian students wishing to study overseas. I have gained admission for a Masters Degree based on work experience. I have not completed an undergraduate degree. Am I eligible to apply for the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship? You are not eligible as you have not completed an undergraduate degree and would not be able to demonstrate high academic achievements at that level. I recently submitted my PhD thesis but it has not yet been examined. Am I eligible to undertake postdoctoral research under an Endeavour Research Fellowship? Postdoctoral recipients must have had their PhD conferred and obtained their final results prior to the commencement of their programme. Recipients who are unable to commence prior to 30 November 2015 will be required to withdraw from their programme. [Return to Top] Nomination and Admission What is the difference between nomination and admission? Please see the Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship Guidelines ‘supporting documentation’ section for further information. Nomination form – is required for Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Scholarship, Endeavour Research Fellowship and Endeavour Executive Fellowship applicants. The nomination form is automatically emailed to your proposed host organisation and confirms your programme details for 2015 at their organisation. Admission letter (Offer Letter) – is required for all Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship (non-Australian) and Vocational Education and Training Scholarship (non-Australian) applicants. Visit the Study in Australia, Study Assist or Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) websites for a list of accredited institutions that provide higher education to non-Australian students. Admission must be for commencement in 2015. Applicants are required to make their own approaches to host organisations seeking a placement. Please find a letter in the Applicant Guidelines for you to notify your host organisation that you are applying for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship. I will not have enough time to obtain a nomination or admission by the closing date. Can I apply for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship? Applicants must include these documents with their application by the closing date. Applicants who commenced preparation for their application early were able to obtain these documents by the closing date. If you cannot meet this eligibility requirement please consider applying for future Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships rounds and using the extra time to prepare your documentation. How does the electronic nomination form work? In your application under the nomination tab, click on 'add nominator’ and enter their details, click 'save'. The Endeavour Online System will automatically send a nomination form via the email address that you have entered in the details of your nominator. Once your nominator completes the form, it will automatically be attached to your application. Forms must be submitted electronically via the Endeavour Online system. It is an applicant’s responsibility to ensure their nominators complete the form by the closing date. Applicants will only be able to submit an application when they have at least one report in 'completed' status. If your nominator has not received the form, please check their email address is correct and ask your referee to check their junk mail folder. I have multiple admission letters - do I need to submit a separate application for each admission letter? No. Please include all admission letters in the one application and list your host institution in order of preference. Do not start a separate application or this will be automatically deleted in the Endeavour Online Application system. Am I required to pay a deposit to the host university to gain admission? You should advise your proposed university that you are applying for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship. Conditional letters of offer will be accepted at the time of application. You will not need to pay a deposit if you are not offered and/or don’t intend on taking up the offer. Please find a letter in the Applicant Guidelines for you to notify your host organisation that you are applying for an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship. [Return to Top] Referees How do the electronic referee reports work? In your application under the referee reports tab, click on 'add referee’ and enter their details, click 'save'. The Endeavour Online System will automatically send a referee report via the email address that you have entered in the details of your referee. Once your referee completes the referee report, it will automatically be attached to your application. Reports must be submitted electronically via the Endeavour Online system. It is an applicant’s responsibility to ensure their referees complete the reports by the closing date. Applicants will only be able to submit an application when they have two referee reports in 'completed' status If your referee has not received the report, please check their email address is correct and ask your referee to check their junk mail folder. My referee is unsure on how to answer question 2 on the referee report – “what further development does the applicant require”? Your referee will be required to comment on any area that they believe would help develop on your existing skills/knowledge or any area that you may require further education and/or training in that would assist you in the successful completion of your proposed programme. Can family members complete a referee report? No. [Return to Top] Language Proficiency for non-Australian Applicants My studies were in English. Do I have to provide evidence of language proficiency? Yes. Please refer to the Applicant Guidelines. Can I undertake my course of study in Australia in a language other than English? All courses of study in Australia must be undertaken in English. Will my IELTS/TOEFL report be accepted if the score is below the minimum? We cannot accept an IELTS/TOEFL score below the minimum requirements. The required language levels are considered necessary to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia. If a test score is below the minimum requirements, the application will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered by the selection panel. You must provide an IELTS or TOEFL test with the minimum score requirements as stated in the Endeavour Applicant Guidelines. Can I send my TOEFL/IELTS results directly to the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships Team? No. Your TOEFL/IELTS must be attached to your online application. Where is the nearest English language testing office to me? Visit the TOEFL or the IELTS websites to find the nearest English language testing office to you. When should I book in for an IELTS/TOEFL test? Applicants must book in for TOEFL or IELTS tests as early as possible as places fill up quickly. It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange this themselves. No late results will be accepted. Applicants also need to remember that they will not receive their official IELTS/TOEFL results on the day. Can I provide an institutional TOEFL ITP result? The only eligible TOEFL test scores are paper, internet and computer based TOEFL tests scores which have been administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Can I provide an IELTS general test result? No. An IELTS Academic Test is the only form of IELTS test accepted. Will my TOEFL/IELTS score be accepted if it is more than two years from the date of the test? TOEFL/IELTS results are valid for 2 years. Tests that are provided with a test date that is before 30 June 2012 will not be accepted and the application will be marked ineligible. This rule is in place, so that all TOEFL/IELTS results are still valid during the eligibility checking process and announcement of successful recipients which takes place up until December 2014. Will I be reimbursed by the Department for the cost of taking an IELTS or a TOEFL test? The cost of the English proficiency tests is the applicant's responsibility. I am unable to provide the TOEFL/IELTS test score by the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships closing date. Can I submit the results after the closing date? All required documentation must be attached to your online application and submitted by the closing date of the round. No supporting documents will be accepted after this date. Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered by the selection panel. You may wish to apply in the following round. Will language training be provided as part of my Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship? English Language Training is not provided to recipients. All Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship categories require that an applicant meet the language requirements which are outlined in the Applicant Guidelines. Can exceptions be made for providing language evidence? If you cannot meet the required eligibility requirements, please consider applying for future Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship rounds and using the extra time to prepare your documentation. We are unable to make exceptions for any applicants. [Return to Top] Financial Matters Will the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships benefits affect any other payments that I currently receive? Please check with the organisation that you receive these payments from. What is a monthly stipend? A monthly stipend is a monthly living allowance. Stipends are paid monthly to Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship recipients to cover their everyday living costs while resident in their host country. Recipients are free to use their monthly stipend in whatever manner best meets their circumstances. What can an establishment allowance be used for? The establishment allowance can be used towards expenses such as: rental bonds text books study materials host organisation/institution’s infrastructure expenses. For example, computer or software expenses home contents insurance. When is Travel Allowances Received? Recipients generally receive 50% of their travel allowance six weeks prior to the commencement of their programme, and the remaining 50% six weeks prior to the completion of their programme. What is considered a special circumstance to pay above the $3,000 for travel allowance? Special circumstances include cases where a recipient’s economy class direct travel expenses, including airfares, transfers and essential accommodation (while awaiting onward travel), exceed $1,500 (one way) or $3,000 (return). It does not include travel by routes other than the most practical direct route, family travel expenses, non-essential stopovers or non-economy class travel. Amounts above the standard limits, (to a maximum of $750 one way or $1,500 return). will be paid on presentation of financial evidence of the additional expenditure such as receipts or airline itineraries showing expenditure. Is the funding paid under an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship taxable by the Australian Government? All entitlements provided by the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are tax exempt income. What if the maximum Scholarship or Fellowship funding for tuition fees does not cover the entire tuition fee amount? Recipients are responsible for all of the programme fees and charges that exceed their Endeavour benefits. Funding is limited to the duration stipulated for each Endeavour Scholarship and/or Fellowship category. If an applicant nominates a proposed programme which exceeds the fee benefit, they will be asked to confirm that they are aware that they are responsible for the difference in fees. If the recipient cannot afford the additional payments that are above the maximum funding then they should consider choosing a different course or an alternate university. Tuition fees are set by individual institutions and vary according to course content and institutional requirements. If I do not use the maximum funding for tuition fees in a semester, can I roll the excess over to the next semester? Recipients are not able to roll over unused tuition fees to a following semester. I have been charged an application processing fee by the university. Can I be reimbursed? The application processing fee is determined by the institution and the Department does not have any involvement in this process. [Return to Top] Terms and Conditions of Scholarships and Fellowships What are the consequences of breaching the terms and conditions of an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship? The recipient’s offer and contract may be terminated at any time for misconduct, for failure to comply with the laws of the host country, for breaches of the conditions (including misuse of funds), for failure to abide by the rules of the host organisation and/or for failure to make satisfactory academic progress (where applicable). Do I have to return to my home country at the completion of my Scholarship or Fellowship? Recipients are expected to return to their home country at the completion of their Scholarship or Fellowship. They must abide by the conditions of the visa on which they entered Australia. If a non-Australian recipient wishes to complete further qualifications in Australia after the completion of an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship they will be required to obtain their own visa advice. Please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Can I bring dependents with me while undertaking my Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship? Family members or dependents wishing to accompany or visit an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship recipient in Australia should contactDepartment of Immigration and Border Protection's nearest overseas mission for advice about travelling to and living in Australia. Before making the decision to bring your family on your Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship it is important to consider the following issues: additional costs such as rent, food and other necessities cost of health insurance limited employment opportunities for your spouse the effect on you and your study if your family is not happy in your host country whether your children will adjust to school in your host country waiting lists for child care centres. The Department highly recommends that you arrange Health & Travel Insurance for all family members accompanying you. Austraining and the Department of Education will not, under any circumstances, be liable for any costs related to your family members’ travelling with you during your scholarship or fellowship. Can I undertake paid employment while on an Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship? Recipients must obtain permission from their host organisation and confirm the conditions of their visa in order to determine whether they are allowed to undertake paid employment during their programme. Endeavour Research and Executive Fellowship recipients are not permitted to work at any time during their programme except in exceptional circumstances with approval from the Department. Who owns the Intellectual Property of my research programme? Intellectual Property (IP) rights will depend on the policy of the host organisation, any IP laws of the home country and any agreement which may have been negotiated between the recipient and the host organisation. The Australian Government does not require or request copies of any research material, and does not wish to maintain any IP rights. If the Australian Government does procure copies of this material and uses it in some way, it must have a license to do so. This would be negotiated in a license agreement between the owner of the IP rights (i.e. the student or the host organisation and the Australian Government). In addition, wherever any work is reproduced, the creator of the work must be identified. If a Scholarship or Fellowship recipient has further concerns, they should seek independent legal advice about the ownership and IP rights for any research material. What if I am/become pregnant? The Overseas Student Health Cover provided to successful recipients includes a waiting period of 12 months before obstetrics and pregnancy-related services may be accessed. Recipients should ensure they have sufficient personal financial resources to pay for obstetrics and pregnancy-related services, where such services may be required within the first twelve months of their programme. Please also note that deferrals are not permitted under the Endeavour programme and pregnancy does not constitute a reason for delaying commencement beyond 30 November in the year for which the scholarship or fellowship is offered. Can I travel during my Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship? Yes. However you are required to gain approval from your case manager if it is significant travel (more than 5 days outside your host country) or you plan to undertake fieldwork outside your host country. [Return to Top] IT Issues Below is a list of common questions regarding usage of the Endeavour Application System. If you are experiencing an IT issue not mentioned below please send in an email to [email protected] and include the following information so the Endeavour IT Team can investigate the issues you have been experiencing. If you do not provide the below information, the Endeavour IT Team may not be able to respond to your issue. login email address internet browser and version type of computer e.g. PC, Mac links being used to access the system the issue you are experiencing actions you are taking when you experience the issue any error messages appearing screenshots I have forgotten my password If you have forgotten your password you can retrieve it by following these steps: go to the login page at https://endeavouradmin.deewr.gov.au/ES/ESApplication/Security/Login.aspx type your login id into the ‘Email Address:’ field under ‘Forgot Your Password?’ press the ‘Reset Password’ button an email will be sent to you with the details. My account is locked If you have failed to log in to the system three (3) times, your account will be locked for your personal security. An email to unlock your account will be sent to your registered email address. Once your account is unlocked you will then be instructed to change your password. My host institution/university does not appear in the drop down list for proposed host institutions, what do I do? You are able to type this in manually by placing your cursor into the box and manually type it in. My documentation will not attach to my application The system will accept Word documents, PDF files or RTF files that are <= 10 megabytes in size. Please ensure the document/s you are attempting to attach to your application is 10 megabytes or less in size. Why am I unable to submit my application? Only once all of your referees reports and nomination form (if applicable) are in the status of “complete” you can submit you application. Applications which are not submitted and left in “Draft” status will not be considered. My Referee/nominee has not received the electronic form While the application round is open you can re-send the referee report/nomination form by going to the Referee/Nominee section of your application and clicking on the ‘Re-send Email’ button next to the referee/Nominator who you wish to resend the form to. Please ensure the referee/nominator’s email address entered into your application is correct. In addition you should ask your referee/nominator to check their junk email folder as the email invitation may have been re-directed to there. It is the applicants’ responsibility to follow up with their referee to ensure that their report is submitted well before the closing date. Step by Step Guide to using the online system Further information about how to use the system to complete your online application is detailed in the Step by Step Guide to using the Endeavour Application System, which can be downloaded from the Applications webpage. [Return to Top] Other What is an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and how can I apply? The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) enable international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers. Applications for an IPRS need to be made directly to participating universities. Further information can be found at International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) and contact details for participating universities and general information about courses offered in Australia may be obtained from the Study in Australia website. What is an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and how can I apply? The Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) are awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking a Higher Degree Research in Australia. Applications for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) need to be made directly to participating universities. Further information can be found atAustralian Postgraduate Award (APA).