IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT COVID-19 AND THE PACIFIC SECONDARY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM

Thank you to all students who applied for a Pacific Secondary School Scholarship in 2020. We know that a lot of time and effort was put into preparing the scholarship applications.

The COVID-19 global health pandemic has resulted in widespread impact on normal country and business operations, including restrictions on international travel.

Australia remains committed to the implementation of the Pacific Secondary School Scholarships Program to support more Pacific students to study at high school in Australia. However, under these current and extraordinary circumstances, the Australian Government has made the decision to delay the scholarships program.

We acknowledge this will be disappointing news for all those who applied. However, the safety and welfare of students remains our current priority.

Students who lodged an application for a scholarship to study at high school in Australia from July 2020 will have already been contacted directly via email. Applicants should continue to check their email and this page on the PSSSP website for ongoing updates as the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolves, and more information becomes available.

Pacific Secondary School Scholarships

Scholarships for secondary schooling in Australia are available to students who are both a citizen of, and resident in, a participating Pacific island country.

The scholarships program is currently designed for a 2.5 year course of school study in Australia. Students will transition to Australia in July for 6 months of Year 10. This transition period will provide a strong foundation for the next two years of senior secondary schooling.

As a financial award, the scholarship will cover the costs of education and accredited accommodation in Australia and other necessary costs to support a young person living away from home for international education. This includes travel costs to and from Australia, health insurance and a living allowance.

Scholars will be able to choose from a wide range of subjects at school in Australia. The only subject that is compulsory in Australia is English, and students will need to consider whether there are any compulsory subjects at home that they should study in Australia – especially Maths. Students will have the opportunity to choose both tertiary and vocational courses of study, depending on what is available at the school they attend and their own preferences. The school will provide career counselling and help students consider post-school pathways.

Learn about all aspects of the scholarship in the Scholarships Handbook.

Application timelines for the 2020 scholarship intake are currently being revised due to the impact of COVID-19. Applicants and parents should continue to check their emails and the PSSSP website for up to date information as it becomes available.

1st March, 2020
Completed application received by due date
March 2020
1 – 9 April 2020
Applicant attends interview and undertakes written test at arranged time during the period 1-9 April 2020.
27 April – 1 May 2020
1 May 2020
Applicant accepts provisional scholarship.
May – June 2020
1st March 2020
March 2020
Successful applicants will be notified of their shortlisting by 31st March 2020 and invited to interview in their country’s capital city.
1 – 9 April 2020
27 April – 1 May 2020
Successful applicant notified of selection and offered provisional scholarship, during period 27 April – 1 May
1 May 2020
May – June 2020
Applicant commences next steps, starting with school enrolment. The candidate may be able to commence an immigration health check at this stage if they hold a valid passport. Students cannot commence immigration until school enrolment, approval of accommodation and welfare and student health insurance is confirmed.

Students facing internet connectivity issues have the option to download an application form and submit by mail or deliver in person to a relevant Program Country Manager. More details on this submission option are included via the application portal.

For parents

Parental support for students is crucial.  In order to apply, scholars must have the signed approval of their parents or legal guardian and a written statement of support by at least one parent or legal guardian explaining how they will support their child’s education and well being while they are on scholarship in Australia. If the student is shortlisted for interview based on their application, a parent or legal guardian will need to accompany the student to a face-to-face interview and explain how they will remain in contact with their child and engaged in their education during the period that the student is away on scholarship in Australia.

If a student is awarded a scholarship, the Australian Government will enter into a written agreement with their parents.