In support of the Government of Lao PDR response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Australian Government, through the Laos Australia Institute, is providing funding opportunities for alumni to implement activities that respond directly to the COVID-19 crisis. The Alumni Innovation Grants program (AIG) is the mechanism to provide Alumni with funds of up to AUD3000 to enable implementation of innovative activities which respond directly to the crisis.
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.
The AIG provides up to AUD2000 for alumni to undertake their initiative. While the AIG is about utilising alumni skills and knowledge, we also want alumni to maintain and build their links to Australia therefore additional funding (up to AUD1000) is available for proposals that partner with an Australian organisation or institution. The additional AUD1000 can also be secured by applicants who design projects which partner with a Lao-owned NGO (non-government organisation) or CSO (civil society organisation).
Thus the overall budget for an AIG project can be up to AUD3000.
We envisage the AIG projects will 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 priority areas include:
• community support, education and resilience
• health industries and public health
• economic stability and growth
• food security
• education and training
• human resource development
• disaster prevention and management
We also have a strong commitment to supporting women, people with a disability and those who work or live in remote areas, and strongly encourage them to apply.
The AIG is open to all Lao PDR nationals who have graduated from a recognised Australian tertiary institution, including recipients of Australia Awards scholarships or privately fee-paying alumni, as well as graduates of Lao Australia National Scholarships and Disability Inclusive Development Scholarships.
The AIG is also open to all Lao PDR nationals who have completed short-term tertiary courses at registered Australian institutions through Australia Awards Fellowships or other Australian Government funded training or studies.
The Australian Embassy has a strong commitment to supporting women and people with a disability and strongly encourages these alumni to apply. Applicants from provincial areas are also encouraged to apply.
Application and AIG Guidelines
1. We encourage alumni to read the following documents before applying for the AIG.
4. You must use our templates where provided and complete them according to the instructions, otherwise your applications will be deemed ineligible.
Supporting documents for the AIG proposal
The Alumni Innovation Grants Application requires you to complete an application cover sheet, application form, risk assessment, work plan and budget. 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. Testamur (documentary evidence): Statement of graduation or other documentary evidence to prove your eligibility as an Australia alumnus. Australian Alumnus is defined as Lao person who has studied in Australia (either by scholarship or full fee paying), undertaken fellowships or short courses implemented by an Australian training provider either in Laos or Australia, has completed study in Laos through the Lao Australia National Scholarship or a Disability Inclusive development Scholarship, or through any other mechanism funded by the Australian Government. (applies only for team lead/ applicant)
3. 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)
4. Letter of support: Please attach letters of support from all Lao and Australian organisations collaborating in the proposed project.
Late submissions will not be accepted.
If you missed out our last webinar on the last Wednesday 27 May 2020, you can now access the full webinar recording and the presentation slides here.
When are the applications open?
Applications open Friday 22 May 2020 and close Thursday 4 June 2020 11pm (ICT time).
Laos Australia Institute
Setthathirath Avenue Xiengnheun Village Chanthabouly District (In front of Hor Prakeo) Vientiane, Laos t: +856 21 265721-2 w: laosaustraliainstitute.org
The Australian Government, through the Laos Australia Institute, are putting an urgent call out for proposals from alumni across the country for the ‘Alumni Innovation Grants’. This grants program aims to provide funds to Alumni that may have COVID-19 related initiatives which provide benefit to their communities. Applications will be closed on 4 June 2020. An information webinar will take place on Wednesday 27 May 2020 at 7:30 pm for interested alumni. Please register here.
The Australian Government and the Laos Australia Institute have recently launched ‘Alumni Covid Connect’, a series of webinars that aims at supporting the COVID-19 response in Laos and facilitating online connections. These online workshops hope to build and maintain resilience in Lao communities during and after the global COVID-19 crisis.