2022 Public Sector Leadership Scholarship-Graduate Diploma in Economics and Public Policy

Applications are now open for Public Sector Leadership Scholarships  to study the one-year Graduate Diploma in Economics and Public Policy at the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Business and Public Policy (SBPP), commencing in February 2022.

Public Sector Leadership Scholarships are offered by the PNG-Australia Partnership to high-performing Papua New Guinean Public Servants who which to develop their academic and professional skills in support of effective policy making and national development.

What does the course involve?

The Graduate Diploma in Economic and Public Policy equips professionals with knowledge and ability to create and implement effective policy in the national interest. It provides an academic platform for students to boost and apply their skills in economic and public policy analysis.

Who can apply?

The Public Sector Leadership  Scholarships are open to PNG public servants (Grade 14 and above) who are employed under the Public Service General Order. Applicants must be based in the NCD and work in a Department or statutory authority deemed eligible by the Department of Personnel Management (DPM). Study is part-time during evening classes (Monday to Friday).

Scholarships will be offered for study commencing in 2022. Women and people with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Scholarships cover tuition fees and a contribution to ICT costs for data.

Scholarship awardees who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Economic and Public Policy in 2022 will be considered for continued scholarship support in 2023 to study the one-year Masters of Economic and Public Policy under research pathway.

More information and application form is available from UPNG School of Business and Public Policy Website link below.

UPNG School of Business and Public Policy

Application Process

The application process has two steps

1. Apply for admission at UPNG’S SBPP

Applicants should complete the 2021 Postgraduate Studies Application Form and submit it directly to UPNG by 5 pm on Tuesday 31st August  2021, with the required  supporting documents and UPNG application administration fee.

  • Select Graduate Diploma in Economic and Public Policy (GDEPP)
  • Select part-time study and
  • Complete Section 4: Sponsorship/Scholarships.  Write PSLS, Australia Awards PNG

2:Scholarship  applications and Selection

  • UPNG will confirm applicants’ admission eligibility
  • Eligible scholarship applicants will be invited to complete a  scholarship application form, which will be assessed by a selection panel.
  • Eligible applicants must submit a letter of endorsement from their employing agency’s Organizational Head (before 22nd of September 2021)
  • Applicants will then be considered by a selection panel comprising representatives from the PNG and Australian Governments and UPNG.
  • Scholarship offers will be made to selected applicants in early January 2021


Applicants who meet the course requirements but who are not awarded a scholarship are still able to undertake the course as self-funded  or via other sponsorship pathways and are eligible to apply for the Masters year research scholarship in 2023 (subject to GDEPP results endorsement).

Information sessions.

Friday  21st July 2021 from 3 pm

Venue: UPNG School of Business and Public Policy Courtyard.  Masks mandatory 

Wednesday 23rd July 2021 from 1 pm-Online Information Session.

To register your interest , email precinctscholarships@australiaawardspng.org

For more information

DPM (Department of Personnel Management)

Matilda Kowos

Ph: 327 6407 | Email: matilda_kowos@dpm.gov.pg

And cc: precinctscholarships@australiaawardspng.org


Lisa Marie Kila

Ph: 3267  299 / 3267 305 | Email: sbpp@upng.ac.pg

And cc:  : precinctscholarships@australiaawardspng.org

Key Dates

  • UPNG admission closes                                                                  31st August 2021
  • Eligible applicants invited to apply for scholarship           22nd September, 2021
  • Scholarship outcomes announced                                              10th January 2022

Source: This information was published as public notice in Post Courier newspaper on Friday July 16th 2021  page 50.