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Guidelines for 2020 Study in Australia

The 2020 Walter Mangold Study in Australia Scholarships for Timor-Leste citizens

The Mangold Study in Australia 2020 applications:

  • opened on Monday 3 February 2020, and
  • closed on Friday 21 February 2020 (5.00pm AEDT).

Please note that the Guidelines may be subject to change for the 2021 round of Study in Australia Scholarships.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is currently having an unprecedented impact on international travel. The Walter Mangold Trust Fund has decided to suspend the start of the 2020 Study in Australia program. At this time, we do not anticipate that this will impact the Study in Australia program in 2021 and we expect that we will take applications for this round as normal. We will continue to monitor the impact the Coronavirus has on international travel and advise of any impacts to our Study in Australia program.

Please contact if you have any questions about our scholarship program.

Guidelines 2020

The scholarship awardees from Timor-Leste will travel to Melbourne in July 2020 and enrol in a study program consisting of one (1) week of General English, followed by twenty (20) weeks of intensive English for Academic Purposes.

Applicants need to have a reasonable level of English proficiency to complete this difficult course, taught entirely in English.

1. Who is eligible to apply

Applications will only be accepted from residents of Timor-Leste who are:

  1. workers in paid employment with a:
    • company or commercial business;
    • government organisation;
    • Non-Government Organisation (NGO); or a
    • community organisation, and
  2. who have been awarded a degree or diploma from a university or technical college.

Applicants will need to obtain a Reference written on letterhead from their employer to upload with their online Application Form. The Referee must answer the following questions as part of the Reference:

  • Name of the Applicant
  • Name and address of the Referee
  • How long, and in what context, has the Referee known the Applicant
  • In the Referee's opinion, does the Applicant have the aptitude and the study skills to undertake an intensive English language course in Australia? Give reasons for this view
  • In the Referee's opinion, does the Applicant have the maturity to travel abroad and benefit from the opportunity to study in Australia? Give reasons for this view
  • Please make any other comments or observations about the Applicant that are considered relevant.

Applicants will not be accepted if they applied in 2019. They will be able to apply again in 2021.

To be eligible for a Study in Australia scholarship you must:

  • Be a resident of Timor-Leste
  • Have a university or college degree or diploma
  • Be in paid employment in Timor-Leste
  • Be able to provide a reference from your employer on letterhead
  • Not have applied for a Study in Australia scholarship in 2019, and
  • Submit a complete online application by the closure date.

2. When to apply

2020 online applications opened on Monday 3 February 2020 and closed on Friday 21 February 2020.

Late applications will not be accepted!

Further information for candidates

3. What costs does the scholarship cover?

The 2020 Mangold Study in Australia scholarship will cover the costs of:

  • the application and related costs to obtain a student Visa for Australia (but NOT the cost of your Passport)
  • the course tuition fees
  • one return economy air fare between Dili and Melbourne
  • basic homestay accommodation organised by the Mangold Trust
  • equipment/books and essentials allowance, and
  • a reasonable living allowance, paid in instalments.

4. The 2020 selection process timetable

Before applications open Organise a Reference from your employer
3 February 2020 Applications OPENED online
21 February 2020 Applications CLOSED online
March 2020 Applicants are advised if they are shortlisted for an interview
6, 7 and 8 April 2020 Shortlisted Applicants are interviewed in Dili and will complete and English proficiency test
Late April 2019 Shortlisted Applicants are advised if they have been successful


Applicants are to request that their Referee completes a written Reference on letterhead to be submitted with the Application form.

Applicants are to complete the online Application Form by the closing date of 21 February 2020.

The Mangold Trust considers all received and eligible applications. Applicants will be advised in March if they were successfully shortlisted.

Successfully shortlisted Applicants will be provided with an appointment time for an interview and English proficiency test to be conducted in Dili between 5, 6 and 7 April.

The successful Applicants will be offered a 2020 Study in Australia scholarship by the end of April.

At each stage of the process Applicants will be advised if they have been unsuccessful.

5. What happens next, if your application is successful?

If your application is successful, you will be offered a Study in Australia scholarship and you will be required to sign a Scholarship Agreement.

The Mangold Trust has made an arrangement with the school, EC English ("the School") in Melbourne, for scholarship recipients to study English for Academic Purposes in a supportive and effective study environment.

If you are offered a scholarship you will be assisted to:

  • apply for a place at the School
  • apply for a student Visa for Australia after you receive a Certificate of Enrolment from the School*
  • attend and complete a medical examination
  • be allocated suitable homestay accommodation
  • arrive in Melbourne, Australia ready to start your English course in July 2020.

*Note that the Mangold Trust will cover the cost of the student Visa application. You will need to have a valid Passport arranged at your own cost.

6. What are the conditions of the scholarship?

The conditions of the scholarship are that you:

  1. obtain a student Visa
  2. must live in a homestay in Melbourne arranged by the School, or arranged with an organisation approved by the Mangold Trust. This will provide a secure residence where meals are provided and you are encouraged to practise speaking English. The Mangold Trust will only pay homestay expenses either to the School or to an approved organisation, and
  3. make satisfactory progress in your studies. The School will provide the Mangold Trust with reports on your progress.

7. Cancellation of the scholarship

The Mangold Trust reserves the right to withdraw or terminate the scholarship at any time if you:

  1. engage in serious misconduct which in the opinion of the Mangold Trust is inconsistent with the aims of the Mangold Trust or in any other way brings the Mangold Trust into disrepute; or
  2. fail to make satisfactory progress in your studies; or
  3. do not comply with your student Visa conditions.

If the Mangold Trust terminates the scholarship, or you return to Timor-Leste without the prior written approval of the Mangold Trust, any moneys paid in advance to you will have to be refunded to the Mangold Trust.

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