Australian Consulate-General
Chennai, India

Australian Alumni Grant Scheme (AAGS)

AAGS 2021: Round 2

Following the success of a pan-India pilot of the Australian Alumni Grants Scheme (AAGS) in February 2020, Australian diplomatic mission in India are pleased to announce the second round call for applications. This grant scheme supports the application, sharing of knowledge and experience gained by India-based Australian alumni during their studies in Australia. It aims to strengthen ties between both nations, support alumni in their professional endeavours and improve ‘Australia literacy’ in India.

The key objectives of the AAGS 2021 are to:

·         encourage innovation and collaboration in one or more of key sectors identified in the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and/or India Economic Strategy:

o   Cyber Security; Critical Technology; Critical Minerals; Maritime Cooperation; Education (Edutech); Resources and Mining, Equipment, Technology, Services; Science and Innovation; Agribusiness; Energy; Health; Infrastructure/Urban Development; Financial Services; Sports; Tourism;

·         provide alumni with opportunities to enhance and capitalise on their knowledge and skills to improve practice in their professional fields and communities;

·         develop, maintain and strengthen professional linkages and partnerships between alumni and the Australian government, and Australian businesses, organisations and educational institutions;

·         connect alumni to each other across disciplines and professions, organisations and institutions, and geographic areas in order to share good practice and create opportunities for collaboration;

·         develop a network of alumni who view Australia’s capabilities and credentials in a positive light; and

·         showcase Australia’s excellence as a global provider of high quality education and research.

Grant Funding

The AAGS offers seed funding, on a competitive basis, for initiatives that create impact by putting your knowledge and skills to good use. This pilot provides up to AU$20,000 per grant. Don’t miss this opportunity to bring your ideas to life and be the agent of change in your community.

Project costs relate to the scope of the grant activity, its complexity, proposed outcomes, and strategic advantage, and should be proportionate with administration and sensible risk management expectations.

Co-contributions from your organisation and other parties must be included and will be regarded positively.

Eligibility            

The AAGS is open to all Indian nationals (or Australian’s with a valid Overseas Citizenship of India card) who have graduated from a recognised Australian tertiary institution, including those who are self-funded. It is also open to alumni of short-term studies or programs in Australia.

All applicants must have a valid registered Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act approval or the ability to acquire one prior to receiving Australian government funding as prescribed by the Government of India.

Australian diplomatic missions have a strong commitment to supporting women, people with disability and those who work in related areas, and strongly encourage them to apply.

Grant Guidelines

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These guidelines contain information for the AAGS 2021: Round Two, highlighting:

  • the purpose of the grant opportunity
  • the eligibility and assessment criteria
  • how grant applications are monitored and evaluated
  • responsibilities and expectations in relation to the opportunity.

Application

Please submit your applications before 28 February 2021 at this link.

Planned timeline


Activity

Time

Applications open

09:00 Tuesday 15 December 2020

Applications close

23:59 Sunday 28 February 2021

Assessment of applications

6-8 weeks

Approval of outcomes of selection process

April 2021

Negotiations and award of grant agreements

April 2021

Notification to unsuccessful applicants

April 2021

Project activity to commence

May 2021

 

Previous Winners

In Round One we received 75 high-quality applications from Australian alumni across India, covering areas as diverse as cybersecurity, agritech, medtech, clean energy, education, science, research and innovation.  After completing a competitive and merit-based assessment by the AAGS Selection Committee, the Australian Government supported eight alumni-led projects totalling AU$100,000. Please see further details here.