LAA mobilise through events, professional development, business and research opportunities.

Women in Leadership Program

The Australian government is committed to supporting Australian alumni to contribute to development in Laos and aims to ensure women and girls benefit across the broad range of its development cooperation with Laos.

In July 2019, the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched the Women in Leadership for Gender Equitable Human Resource Development in Laos program involving the second cohort of 20 emerging LAA women leaders (including five based in the provinces). The program includes LANS students/alumni and men (AAS and LANS) in relevant extracurricular activities. Over 2019 and 2020 these women participated in activities which have helped them build the skills and confidence they need to tackle the challenges for women leaders in Lao PDR.

Watch a video here.

Alumni Innovation Grants

Launched in May 2020, the Alumni Innovation Grants were a mechanism to support Laos Australia Alumni implement projects which responded to the COVID-19 crisis. Implemented over a three-month period, the successful grantees delivered a diverse range of projects. Whether renovating handwashing stations in schools, providing people living with a disability an alternative income stream, or engaging teenagers to support COVID-19 awareness campaigns, each of these innovative projects has been designed with the Lao community in mind.
We are pleased to announce the official opening of the Alumni Innovation Grants round 4. The AIG 4 will consider projects under in the themes of:

  1. Lao-Australian bilateral cooperation, including cultural, social and economic relations of the two nations,
  2. health security,
  3. poverty reduction, and
  4. economic recovery

Hurry! Applications are open until 5:00 PM, Monday, 09 May 2022, only 6 weeks away!
Interested Alumni can download document below:

Application and Selection Guidelines 2022

Financial Guidelines 2022

Application Form 2022

We encourage you to visit to start your application online. It’s easy and the same as the application form in a word file

Budget Plan Template 2022

Ministry of Finance – Agreement on the Public Administrative BudgetBudget Plan Template 2022

Read more about these Laos Australia Alumni Innovators and their work below.

AIG3 Recipients in 2021
Viengnakhone Lovanxay
Support for People living with Disability
Thavone Panmanivong
Preparing Students for Employment
Anousone Sengmanikham
Youth Development Project
Vannaphone Phetpaseuth
Smart water systems for Agriculture
Vongsone Heuangphida
Helping teachers adapt to COVID-19
AIG Recipients in 2021
Chanthaly Syfongxay
Household food security for COVID-19 pandemic responding
Souksan Thavikham
Skills development and job creation for vulnerable people
Phetdavanh Sipaseuth
Youth’s capacity building for effectively adapting to COVID-19
Oulavanh Keovilignavong
Utilising Fairtrade fund as economic recovery from COVID-19
AIG Recipients in 2020

Alumni COVID Connect

From May to July 2020, the Laos Australia Institute implemented a series of online workshops, seminars and Q&A sessions to keep connected with the vast alumni network throughout the unfolding COVID crisis. The target audience were Laos Australia alumni, including Laos Australia National and Disability Inclusive Development alumni. The overarching theme for the series was “Building resilience in the Time of COVID-19”.

The desired outcomes of these workshops included supporting Lao communities through the COVID-19 crisis; supporting the Australian Government’s response to the crisis; supporting alumni to build and maintain resilience; and strengthening and facilitating ongoing alumni networking and professional development.

The final webinar in the series, “Resilient Alumni Stories”, was a panel event featuring two exceptional alumni – Manoly Sisavanh and Souksan Thavikham, and one on-Award student – Thathsphone Lerththavone. Through talking about challenges and opportunities they have experienced during COVID-19, we were able to gain insight into the Lao COVID-19 journey. This panel discussion can be viewed here.



OzTalks is a regular panel discussion and Q&A event run by the Australian Embassy through the Laos Australia Institute. These talks provide space for Australian experts, Australian alumni, and the wider Lao community to meet, think and share about issues that matter.

Recent OzTalks

OzTalk: Breaking the Silence – Open Hearts and Minds

OzTalk: Breaking the Silence – Open Hearts and Minds

Vientiane, 16 July 2020 – In conjunction with Proud to Be Us Laos, Community Health […]

OzTalk: Rainbow Stories

OzTalk: Rainbow Stories

Vientiane, 26 November 2019 – The Australian Embassy and the Laos Australia Institute hosted OzTalk: […]

Children & Youth Mental Well-Being

Children & Youth Mental Well-Being

Vientiane, 12 September 2019 –  The Australian Embassy and the Laos Australia Institute hosted a […]

Let’s Talk Disability Inclusion!! #MeetThinkShare

Let’s Talk Disability Inclusion!! #MeetThinkShare

Australia lends support for greater inclusion of people with disabilities Vientiane Times The Laos Australia […]

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