On Award Enrichment
On Award Enrichment
Australia Awards in Indonesia (AAI) provide selected scholars with the opportunity to obtain an Australian university degree, contributing to human resource capacity building and to Indonesia’s ongoing development. In addition, the experience awardees gain while in Australia – the “on-award” experience – is highly valuable in developing strategic networks and linkages with Australians and Australian organisations.
On Award Enrichment as delivered by AAI describes the activities facilitated by its Australia-based team, working with universities and key public and private organisations to contribute to the development of strategic networks and linkages. The desired outcome of these activities are:
- Indonesian alumni report increased and stronger links with Australians and Australian organisations;
- More Indonesian alumni view their scholarship experience and Australia and Australians in general in a positive light.
On-award enrichment opportunities are offered through six streams as follows:
1. Public Diplomacy
Aimed to get scholars out into society to meet with Australians and to make valuable connections. This stream consists of two activities:
CAFÉ (Connection, Association, Friendship and Exchange) provides an opportunity to connect awardees with Australians from a similar professional background. This activity is best described as a peer-to-peer or peer-to-mentor scheme. While it is not an internship opportunity, it is anticipated that CAFÉ will provide mutually beneficial professional insights. In 2017, there were 150 participants in CAFÉ.
ILLA (Indonesian Language Learning Ambassadors) will connect participating schools with AAI scholars currently studying in leading universities across Australia. This program will provide AAI scholars with an opportunity to directly engage with Australian schools to learn first-hand about Australian culture, community and classroom teaching practices. Australian schools engaged in the program will improve students' knowledge and understanding of Indonesia through authentic learning experiences with an Ambassador. Selected Ambassadors engage with their matched schools assisting teachers with, but not restricted to, the delivery of Indonesian language and culture classes.
2. Australian Society
Two activities (each carried over the course of one day) are included in this stream, delivered across Australia in 2017 to provide awardees with an understanding of foundational principles, concepts and approaches in Australian life:
IAGP (Introduction to Australian Government and Politics) Seminar Series. As part of Australia Awards (AA) On Award Enrichment, a series of one-day workshops will explore the way that the Australian Government operates. IAGP which stands for ‘Introduction to Australian Government and Politics’ (formally BAGUS) is now in its fourth year of delivery and has been favourably received by AA students interested in increasing their understanding of how government at the commonwealth, state and local level, operate in Australia. IAGP is offered under the ‘Australian Society’ stream offered as part of AAI’s On Award Enrichment.
IAGP aims to assist awardees’ transition into Australia by explaining how government systems operate. To assist understanding, contrasts and comparisons will be drawn with the counterpart government systems in awardees’ home countries.
SETARA (Supporting Equality to Achieve Real Advancement ) refers to a one day workshop exploring concepts of social inclusion, focusing on gender equality. SETARA (meaning ‘to be equal’ in Indonesian) workshops are aimed at Australia Awards scholarship students from Indonesia who are interested in increasing their understanding of social inclusion and gender. Participants will learn how gender equality is incorporated into leadership and general policy-making in Australia and will gain an understanding of the concepts, tools and frameworks used in gender analysis. The workshops are interactive and highly participatory, using practical case studies to explore ideas and develop skills.
3. Conference Participation
Conference funding will be made available to selected AAI scholars on a competitive basis with an application round in March and July 2018. Applications will be assessed by Australia Awards in Indonesia in consultation where required, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and relevant external stakeholders. The key criterion that identifies the successful application is the extent to which the application convinces the assessment panel of how their relevant studies, their home organisation and the opportunities presented at the conference will establish/enhance the awardee’s professional network. Maximum funding available is up to $1500 for awardees presenting at a conference and up to $1000 for non-presenting awardees attending the conference. In addition to conference funding for selected individual AAI scholars, opportunities will also exist to participate in a limited number of conferences as a group, led by a subject expert. In 2018, the selected conferences will be the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) and the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) conferences.
4. State Government Programs
This stream consists of a seminar series delivered separately by the State Governments of Western Australia, Victoria and NSW. These programs provide a professional development opportunity for selected scholars in these states. The seminar series will provide an insight to key state development priorities and will also include an opportunity to meet key state government officials and to visit key projects.
5. Research Seminars
Recognising the considerable scope for strategic professional linkages that exists between research scholars and Australian organisations, these two activities are designed to facilitate key contacts and to assist in the transition from research to policy.
KAJIAN is designed to showcase AAI Doctoral scholar’s ideas and findings and to build connections between Indonesian research scholars in Australia and the Australian research community. The audience of interested individuals in the seminar include academic, public, private and non-government sector representatives, as well as fellow research students. KAJIAN offers an opportunity for AAI Doctoral scholars to make valuable connections with their research peers at the early, mid-point and final stages of their Doctorate.
RIRI (Research Investment– Republic Indonesia) introduces Indonesian researchers to Australia’s approaches to research investment, addressing i) Why invest in research, and ii) How Australia invests in research. The activity will be a two-day workshop, where selected scholars will participate in a program of presentations, site visits, workshops and networking, facilitated by a research/governance specialist. Presenters will be drawn from the Australian Research Council, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian Council for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the Australian National University and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
6. Development Plus
This stream refers to the relationship AAI has with a number of development organisations working in Indonesia and the opportunity this provides for scholars. In particular, our relationship with AVID (Australian Volunteers in International Development), ACICIS (Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies), Asia Education Foundation and New Colombo Plan will provide opportunities for scholars to meet alumni from these programs in CAFÉ and other On Award Enrichment activities.
For more information about On Award Enrichment please refer to the additional website information provided under ‘OAE Streams’. You can also send an email enquiry to: