The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not taking public appointments at this time. Our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need. If you require urgent assistance, please contact our Consular Emergency Centre, Canberra (Australia): +61 2 6261 3305.
Ms Jo Cowley has been announced as Australia's next Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia.
Ms Cowley will also be accredited to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).
The announcement can be found here.
2021 Intake for Australia Awards Scholarship CLOSED.
The Australia Embassy in Pohnpei offers two types of scholarship to citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshalls Islands and Palau.
Application opens from 1st February until 30 June this year. All applications are done online: https://oasis.dfat.gov.au/
Would you like to study in Australia?
Australia Awards Scholarships is offered for Postgradute level (Masters or Doctorate) degree at Australian Institutions.
For Master's degree, applicant must have a Bachlor's degree with a minimum of 3 years work experience in the field you wish to study
Must not hold or have held a scholarship to study outside their home country in 24 months preceding the application
Applicants should have an IELTS or TOEFL at pass rate of 6.5 for each band that is current at the time of application scores, must be valid at 1 January 2021
Must not hold a Master's Degree at either time
For Doctorate degree, applicant must have Master's degree and minimum of 3 years work experience in the field you wish to study
Must hold a Master's Degree and have achieved above average results and have at least 3 years' relevant work experience
Must not hold or have held a scholarship to study outside their home country in the 24 months preceding the application
Applicants must have achieved an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or higher (with no individual band score of less than 6.0) or an equivalent TOEFL or PTE score; Scores must be valid at 1 January 2021.
Would you like to study at Pacific Institutions?
Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships are offered for undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of South Pacific (USP) in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Fiji National University (FNU) and University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG).
For undergraduate study program at USP and UPNG, applicants must have an Associate's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA
For postgraduate study program at USP and UPNG, applicants must have a bachelor's degree with at least 3 years' work experience
For MBBS study program at FNU, applicants must have an Associate's degree with a minimum 3.5 - 4.0 GPA including a pass in English AND Biology, plus 2 other science subjects OR Health Careers Opportunity Program courses
For other undergraduate medical study programs at FNU, applicants must have an Associate's degree with a minimum 3.0 - 3.5 GPA including a pass in English AND Biology, plus 2 other science subjects OR Health Career Opportunity Program courses
For postgraduate study program at FNU, applicants must have a bachelor's degree with at least 3 years' work experience
Note: Applicants not meeting the mimimum entry requirement (MER) for undergraduate study program at FNU, may be recommended for a 1 year bridging program prior to the intended study program.
More information, please email [email protected]
Intake for Australia’s Cyber Cooperation Program CLOSED.
The Cyber Cooperation Program Open Grants process seeks to support innovative approaches to achieving Cyber Cooperation Program outcomes, either by partnering with new implementing partners or working in new sectors. The Open Grants process will prioritise proposals that focus on the following areas:
Building cyber security and incident response capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture within critical sectors;
Advocating and protecting human rights and democracy online; and
Mainstreaming gender equality within cyber affairs.
The Open Grants process is available to Australian and non-Australian academic institutions, non-government organisations, regional and multilateral organisations and the private sector.
The deadline for applications is Friday 14 February 2020.
For further information including applying online, visit: https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/business-opportunities/Pages/open-grants-process-cyber-cooperation-program.aspx
Changes to Smartraveller
Important changes to Smartraveller are coming. Our new Smartraveller website will be launched in November. It will include a simpler system for getting travel advice updates and a new approach to registration.
Travellers have told us what they want most from Smartraveller is timely travel advice. We’ve listened, and we’re working on a subscription service that will deliver the latest updates to your inbox and SMS critical alerts in a crisis.
As part of the update we no longer ask Australians to register their travel before departure.
From November, Smartraveller’s registration system will activate only when there’s a crisis overseas.
The service we provide to Australians in difficulty overseas is not changing.
You’re still welcome to register your travel with Smartraveller until November.
As always, we encourage Australians overseas to stay in touch with friends and family and let them know you’re safe.
If you need immediate assistance, you can call the Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas or 1300 555 135 from within Australia.
For more information on the changes, visit www.smartraveller.gov.au/
Direct Aid Program (DAP)
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The Australian Embassy manages the DAP grant for the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau and Republic of Marshall Islands. It supports projects that have a strong development focus on sustainable community project, improving living conditions and generates economic activities for communities.
Who can apply?
DAP funding is available to non-government organizations, community groups, religious groups and schools that are engaged in any type of development activities for their organization.
What activities are eligible for DAP Support?
DAP activities should aim to achieve practical and tangible outcomes that supports development within communities. The Australian Embassy in Pohnpei will favourably consider projects:
in the areas of education and skill development, agriculture, gender development, health and disability, youth development, disaster risk management, environmental management and rural development
that pursue innovative approaches, projects and partners that leverage the budget to its maximum potential.
that help to build relationships with FSM, Palau and RMI government and community leaders
that have achievable and have sustainable outcomes
We will generally NOT fund the following:
cash grants or micro-credit schemes or projects that involve the return of money
purchase of major assets, e.g. vehicles
Australian or overseas study tours
sponsorship of major sporting tournaments or cultural displays that do not have a clear developmental benefit
routine, recurring running costs and administrative expenses including office rental and utility costs, spare parts, routine maintenance
Funding and timeframes
DAP does not have closing dates hence it is open all year around. The maximum funding limit of up to USD$20,000.00 per project is available and requesting organization should be able to demonstrate clearly the scope, objectives and rationale of their project proposal to support its commitment towards the implementation of project activities. Projects must run for no longer than 12 months
Assessment of applications
Projects must be clearly defined with specific outputs. Applications will be approved or rejected on the basis of:
the costs and the development benefits of the project
achievable and sustainable outcomes
soundness of the project's objectives and design
the practicability of the proposed implementation arrangements, and
whether the project conforms with the objectives of the Direct Aid Program.
How can we apply?
DAP applications are done on our online link https://dap.smartygrants.com.au/PohnpeiDAP2020-21
For more information please contact us by email: [email protected]