Australian Embassy
Federated States of Micronesia

Australian Federal Election

The Australian federal election will be held on 21 May 2022.  If you are still in Australia, you can pre-poll vote from 9 May 2022.

The AEC recommends overseas voters cast a postal vote in this election. If you plan to be overseas at the time of the election, make sure you check your enrolment and request a postal vote as soon as possible on the AEC website.

Australians in the Federated States of Micronesia are encouraged to vote via postal vote, which can either be posted to the AEC directly, or mailed or dropped off to the Embassy.

To send in your postal vote to the Embassy, please send to: PO Box S, Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941.

To drop off your postal vote to the Embassy, please make an appointment by calling +691 320 5448 during opening hours or email [email protected].

Postal votes must be returned as quickly as possible to ensure they are received by the AEC in time to be counted.

 

DEFENCE COOPERATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2023

The Australian Department of Defence is offering one place in the 2023 Defence Cooperation Scholarship Program (DCSP) to citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

Under the DCSP, you can study a Master’s degree in a security-related field at an Australian University for one year, with tuition, travel and living expenses for you and any immediate family fully funded by the Australian Department of Defence.

Applications for the DCSP are open to FSM citizens employed in the security, justice, marine conservation or disaster response sector. It may be the perfect step for candidates seeking a career change or wanting to bolster their skills.

This is an excellent opportunity to study at one of Australia’s many fantastic universities and build relationships with peers from Australia and across the Indo-Pacific.

The Australian Embassy is available to answer your questions regarding the DCSP, living in Australia, visa applications, and courses available for study in Australia.

To apply, you must:

  • Be an FSM citizen

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree which can be recognised in Australia

  • Be fluent in English and able to complete an IELTS-A test, receiving a score of at least 6.5

  • Provide your curriculum vitae (2 pages max) which sets out your employment and education experience.

  • Write a short application (300 words max) identifying your preferred Master’s degree courses and explaining how the DCSP would help you achieve your career goals and support FSM’s security.

  • Submit the above documents to the Australian Embassy at [email protected]  by 5pm 13 June 2022.

Candidate requirements:

The candidate must currently (or within the last 12 months) be working in either:

  • the FSM public service

  • an NGO in the maritime conservation, justice, climate change/disaster response and resilience sector

  • a regional organisation in any of the above sectors.

The candidate must not already hold a postgraduate degree in a related area.

Recommended courses include:

The course/degree selected must relate to strategic studies, international relations, cybersecurity, natural disaster response and climate change mitigation, transnational crime, maritime law, etc.  Such courses available in Australia include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Maritime Policy (University of Wollongong)

  • Master of Environmental Management and Development (Australian National University)

  • Master of Strategic Studies (Australian National University)

  • Master of National Security Policy (Australian National University)

  • Master of Asia and Pacific Studies (Australian National University)

  • Master of Justice and Criminology (RMIT University)

  • Master of Cyber Security (University of New South Wales, Canberra)

  • Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development (University of Newcastle)

  • Master of Emergency and Disaster Management (Charles Darwin University)

More information
For further information, please contact the Australian Embassy at [email protected]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Smarttraveller is being updated regularly with information regarding Coronavirus and its implications for overseas travel.  Please see our Smarttraveller website http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19  for up to date information.

 

 

The 2023 Intake Round for Australia Awards Scholarships is now closed.

 

There are two types of scholarship offered by the Embassy:

  1. Australia Awards Scholarship (AAS) is offered for postgraduate studies to any Australian university.

  2. Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship (AAPS) is offered for undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Pacific institutions such as the University of the South Pacific, Fiji National University and the University of Papua New Guinea.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants for AAS:

  • be a FSM citizen

  • have attained a Bachelor’s degree with an average GPA 3.0

  • At least 2-3 years working experience

Minimum Requirements for Applicants for AAPS:

Undergraduate Study Program

  • be a FSM citizen

  • have attained an Associate Degree with an average GPA 3.0

Postgraduate Study Program

  • be a FSM citizen

  • have attained Bachelor’s degree with an average GPA 3.0

  • At least 2-3 years working experience

 

For more information, please email us at [email protected]

 

 

Australian Grants

Direct Aid Program (DAP) Guidelines

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible, small grants scheme available to non-government organizations and community groups to support small-scale sustainable development projects and activities within their groups or communities. 

Funding limit of grants is USD$20,000.00 per application.

Submissions should demonstrate a commitment on the part of the local authorities and/or people who will be the beneficiaries to implement and sustain the project.  DAP projects should be designed to benefit the whole community and must always respect human rights and gender equity as well as being environmentally sound.

Preference in funding will be given to projects addressing the following:

  • Education (e.g., basic education, teacher training and workshops)

  • Health (e.g., improving access, community preventative health education campaigns)

  • Women (e.g., skills training for income generation, addressing gender issues)

  • Youth (e.g., training in job and life skills)

  • Minorities and disadvantaged groups

  • Environment (e.g., recycling, environmental health awareness)

  • Community development (e.g., training/ organizational strengthening in planning, leadership, and project management.

Generally, the following costs will NOT be funded:

  • start-up capital

  • staffing or sitting fees

  • household effects and personal items

  • fundraising, donations, or prizes

  • applications from private individuals

  • items of a recurrent nature (e.g., spare parts, supplies, maintenance & repairs, replacement equipment, gasoline, oil, salaries & wages)

  • major infrastructure (e.g., roads, buildings, classroom etc)

  • international or domestic travel, overseas study tours, offshore training or per diem expenses 

  • meeting, seminar, or conference attendance 

  • micro credit loans

  • activities which are for promoting religious or political purposes

  • scholarships

  • purchase of vehicles, trailers, and machinery such as tractors, outboard motors and boats

  • construction of major facilities

Assessment of Applications

Proposals will be assessed by the DAP Committee based on:

  • conformity with the objectives and guidelines of the DAP program

  • the costs and developmental benefits of the proposal

  • the appropriateness of the expenditure proposed

  • achievable and sustainable outcomes

  • soundness of the project’s objectives and design

How can we apply?

DAP applications are done on our online link  https://dap.smartygrants.com.au/PohnpeiDAP2021-22

For more information please contact us by email: [email protected]