Applications for the 2017 Greg Urwin Awards are now open

About the Awards
 The Greg Urwin Awards (GUAs) are a joint initiative of the Australian Government-funded Pacific Leadership Program (PLP) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). The Awards were established in 2008 to honour the memory and legacy of the former Secretary General of PIFS, the late Mr. Greg Urwin.

There are three grants valued at AUD$25,000 each for this round of the awards. They will be given to outstanding Pacific Island professionals, researchers and emerging leaders to undertake a short (up to 3 months)  placement with a regional organisation or institution ( including in Australia and New Zealand) that has the potential to contribute to the positive development in the Pacific.

General Eligibility Criteria
Successful applicants will:

  • Be citizens of Forum member Pacific Island countries (excluding New Zealand and Australia citizens or resident holders).
  • Have completed, or will complete in 2017, a postgraduate qualification (Masters level or Ph.D level)
  • Have confirmed a placement with a host national or regional organisation or institution.

Applicants must arrange their own placements and show exemplary academic achievement and leadership experience in their academic and/or professional field and in local community. Placements must commence in early February and end by May 2017. Applicants must be able to explain how their chosen placement will provide valuable professional experience, exposure to new ideas and create networks that will develop their leadership capacity in the Pacific Islands region.

Applications are sought from scholars and professionals in a diverse range of fields including the private sector, public sector, civil society, health sector and academia.

Priority Areas
At the request of the late Mr Urwin’s family, special consideration will be given to applicants in the health sector who wish to pursue a project related to cancer awareness, treatment and/ or research.

How to Apply

Before you start your application. Please download and read the Application & Information Booklet and Applicant Checklist.
You are required to submit three essays as part of your application, download the Essay Questions document.

To apply Click here.

(Application will have to be uploaded with relevant documents once you have started filling the form. It cannot be accessed for completion at a later time.)

1. Posted, e-mailed and hand delivered applications will not be considered.
2. Applications close at 5pm, Friday 2 December 2016. Late applications will not be considered.

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