Alumni Innovation Grants 2023

The Australian Government supports Australia Awards alumni contributions to the economic and social development of their home countries.

The overall objective of the Alumni Innovation Grants round is to support alumni as leaders, changemakers and innovators in their respective fields of expertise.

More specifically, this grant aims to:

  • further alumni development goals for Nepal
  • encourage alumni be the change through innovative, collaborative and practical ideas and support them to translate those ideas into practice
  • recognise the unique competence of alumni gained through their Australia Awards programs and provide support to use their competence
  • contribute to the achievement of Australia Awards Program outcomes, including Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI).

Grant funding

Each grant is worth up to NPR 270,000. A maximum of four grants will be offered.

To be considered for this grant, applicants must:

  • Be an Australia Awards alum of the DFAT-funded Australia Awards Scholarships, Australia Awards Fellowships, or Short Courses; be a Nepali citizen, residing in Nepal and intending to use the grant in Nepal.
  • Agree to participate in a Fraud Management; Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI); Child Protection and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation; Abuse and Harassment briefing prior to receiving the grant, and use and acquit the grant according to DFAT and program guidelines.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Applications align with strategies included in Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response; and Nepal COVID-19 Development Response Plan;
  • Applications justify how the proposed activity will
    • positively contribute to the alum’s development goals for Nepal support innovation activities
    • build or help to maintain the alum’s knowledge or skill
    • address challenge/s in an Australia Awards priority sector.
  • Applications demonstrate strategy in:
    • promoting gender equality, disability and social inclusion principles in activities to be implemented
    • identifying the activity’s intended primary beneficiaries, providing estimates of numbers
    • using the grant funds in an innovative and cost-effective manner
    • designing activity sustainability and transfer of knowledge or skill
    • maintaining or enhancing linkages with Australian and/or Nepali institutions.

Attachment 1 – Risk assessment

Attachment 2 – Certification

Attachment 3 – Detailed Budget

Attachment 4 – Scholar/Alumni Member Details (only for group alumni applications) 

Submit all documents in a combined PDF document by email to no later than 5:00pm on 21 February 2023. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Date Description
6 February 2023 Call for Grant proposals
21 February 2023, 5:00 p.m. Nepal time Deadline for submission
3 March 2023 Announcement of results
8 March 2023 Signed agreements due and induction on Fraud Control, GEDSI, PSEAH and Child Protection
9 March – 1 June 2023 Grant project implementation
17 April 2023 Grant progress/ Interim report due
1 June 2023 Final report and acquittal submission

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