The Australian Alumni Grant Scheme (AAGS) is an Australian government initiative offering seed funding to support alumni-led projects in priority sectors under the Comprehensive Economic Partnership. Awarded annually on a competitive basis, the AAGS aims to support 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 are to:
· 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.
The AAGS prioritises projects that create impact by putting alumni knowledge and skills to good use supporting the prosperity of both nations and the Indo-Pacific region. It provides up to AU$20,000 per grant. As alumni are the living bridge between Australia and India, the AAGS supports alumni to be the agents of change in their 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 organisations and other parties are regarded positively.
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.
Future Rounds and Grant Guidelines
Future Rounds and:
- 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.
They will be updated ahead of a call for Round 3 applications. Future rounds will be announced by December each year.
We thank all alumni for taking the time to apply for the AAGS in the previous rounds and wish our winners every success.
Round Two (2021)
In Round Two despite challenges posed by COVID-19, we received 63 high-quality applications from Australian alumni across India, covering areas as diverse as cleantech, agritech, edtech, clean energy, sustainable environment, women in leadership, STEM, research and innovation. After completing a competitive and merit-based assessment by the AAGS Selection Committee, the Australian Government supported thirteen alumni-led projects totalling AU$157,500. Awards were presented by Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator The Hon Marise Payne. Please see further details here.
Round One (2020)
In Round One we received 75 high-quality applications from Australian alumni across India, covering cybersecurity, agritech, medtech, clean energy, education, science and innovation. Eight alumni-led projects totalling AU$100,000 were supported. Please see further details here.
For further information on the AAGS, or information on how Australian alumni can work with Australian diplomatic missions, please contact the mission closest to you: New Delhi; Chennai; Mumbai; Kolkata or email [email protected]