Alumni Innovation Grants – 2nd Round

The Australian Government, through the Laos Australia Institute, is once again providing funding opportunities for alumni to implement activities that support Laos’ economic recovery and resilience during COVID-19. The Alumni Innovation Grants program (AIG) is the mechanism to provide Alumni with funds of up to AUD10,000 to enable implementation of innovative activities which respond directly to the crisis.

Applications for Alumni Innovation Grants are now closed. Successful applicants will be notified on 20 January 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact us at alumni@laosaustraliainstitute.org

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The objectives of the Alumni Innovation Grants (AIG) are:

  • to provide a much-needed funds in a timely manner which support alumni to utilise their skills and knowledge in response to the current COVID-19 crisis;
  • to support initiatives that benefit communities that may be negatively impacted by COVID-19;
  • to develop, maintain and strengthen professional linkages and partnerships between alumni and the Australian government, and Australian businesses, organisations and educational institutions;
  • to connect alumni to each other across disciplines and professions, organisations and institutions, and geographic areas in order to share good practice and create opportunities for collaboration; and
  • to develop a network of alumni who view Australia’s capabilities and credentials in a positive light.

AIG project themes

  • AIG project applications must be innovative and offer alumni the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills to good use. Grants are available for all sectors and industries however the project application must address one of three key areas:
    • health security
    • stability
    • economic recovery

    And all applications must be inclusive of women, persons living with disability, ethnic minorities or other marginalised groups. Projects that do not include at least one of these groups in meaningful ways will not be considered.

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Eligibility

The AIG is open to all Lao Australia Alumni (LAA). If you are unsure whether you are an LAA, please refer to the table below.

Application and AIG Guidelines

We encourage alumni to read the following documents before applying for the AIG.

  1. You should only submit the required documents listed below with your application. We will not consider any documents other than those required and listed in the application form.
  2. You must complete your application in English. If you are a Laos Australia National Alumni or Disability Inclusive Development Alumni and would like assistance to complete your application in English, please contact the Alumni engagement team at alumni@laosaustraliainstitute.org.
  3. You must use our templates where provided and complete them according to the instructions, otherwise your applications will be deemed ineligible.

Application documents

The AIG application requires you to complete an application form which has several components.

In addition, the following supporting documents are also necessary:

  1. Scan of ID Card (ID Card/ Passport): Your personal data including name, citizenship and photograph must be shown clearly (applies only for team lead/ applicant)
  2. A Curriculum Vitae (CV): A brief summary of your education, work history and necessary skills and experiences. Keep your CV brief, ideally to a maximum of two pages. (applies only for team lead/ applicant)
  3. Letter of support: Please attach letters of support from any Lao or Australian organisations collaborating in the proposed project.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Questions?

If you have any questions related to AIG application, please contact us at alumni@laosaustraliainstitute.org

We will be hosting two online Q&A sessions where we will answer your questions and support you with the application process. These will be held on Tuesday, 15 December at 10 a.m. and on Monday, 21 December at 6 p.m. During these webinars, we will run through the application process and answer any questions you may have. To register for either of these webinars, please follow this link.

When are the applications open?

Applications open Monday, 7 December 2020 and close 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, 6 January 2021.

Contact Us

Telephone: +856 21 265721-2
Email: info@laosaustraliainstitute.org
Setthathirath Avenue, Xiengnheun Village, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Laos
Vientiane, 01000
Lao PDR P.O.Box 121

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