Call for Applications for Greg Urwin Awards in 2013

The Greg Urwin Awards were established in 2008 to honour the memory and legacy of the former Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. The Awards are funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and co-administered by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the AusAID Pacific Leadership Program.

The Awards provide support of up to AU$25,000 for scholars and professionals to undertake a 3-6 month placement with a Pacific regional organisation of relevance to the recipient’s professional development and leadership potential.

The candidate must show exemplary academic achievement and leadership experience in their field. Applicants must also demonstrate how their chosen placement will provide them with valuable professional experience and exposure to new ideas and networks that will assist them to develop their leadership capacity in the Pacific.

Applications are sought from individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Are Pacific Island nationals.
  • Have completed, or are about to complete, a postgraduate qualification (Masters level or higher).
  • Can demonstrate or show potential for leadership in contributing to developmental change in the Pacific.

Applications are sought from scholars and professionals in a diverse range of fields including the private sector, public sector, civil society, academia and health sector.

At the request of Mr Urwin’s family, special consideration will be given to applicants in the health sector who wish to pursue a project related to cancer awareness, treatment and/or research with applications for the Pacific.

Further information and an application form for the 2013 Greg Urwin Awards can be downloaded from the PLP website, or can be requested by emailing

Applications close Friday 30 November, 2012.

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