The Global Tracer Facility is a world first initiative to assess the development contributions and public and economic diplomacy outcomes of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s investment in the Australia Awards.

Since the 1950s, Australia’s aid program has facilitated more than 80,000 scholarships and fellowships in higher education; helping to educate, empower and enrich the lives of residents in more than 120 countries.

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By reconnecting these culturally diverse individuals, and gathering information on their lives and experiences, the Global Tracer Facility aims to evaluate the ongoing impact and benefit that Australian higher education programs may be yielding around the world.

How can I help?

Connect with the past, shape the future.

The information collected by the Global Tracer Facility is designed to help evaluate the success, and inform future iterations of the Australia Awards.

It is an opportunity for Australia Awards and its predecessor scholarships and fellowship alumni to help shape the experiences of future beneficiaries, and to reconnect with colleagues across the globe.

Learn about our research methodology

For the purposes of the research, the Global Tracer Facility is interested in the following information about alumni of the Australia Awards and former development scholarships and fellowships.

Up-to-date contact information for previous award recipients.

Personal experiences and reflections from studies undertaken in Australia.

Significant developments in careers or professional practice.

Economic and social development of home countries.

Assist the Global Tracer Facility

Many alumni of the Australia Awards and former development scholarship and fellowship programs have played key roles in the advancement of their chosen fields and professions. However, the picture is incomplete; and there are many more stories waiting to be discovered.

The Global Tracer Facility is designed to offer reliable, consistent and comparable information about the contributions and benefits of alumni – information previously difficult to consolidate due to factors of time, distance and accessibility over numerous cohorts scholars.

To reach out to as many alumni of Australian development scholarships and fellowships, and obtain the most complete data as possible, the Global Tracer Facility is hoping to enlist the aid of localised personal and professional networks in locating former alumni.

If you would like to be involved, or believe you can assist with our research, please select the most applicable to you from the options below:

I am an alumni of an Australia Award, an Australian Development Scholarship, Colombo Plan, or another development scholarship and wish to participate in the research conducted by the Global Tracer Facility.

Join the Australia Global Alumni Network

I know or work with one or more alumni of an Australia Award, an Australian Development Scholarship, Colombo Plan or another development scholarship, who may be interested in contributing to the research being conducted by the Global Tracer Facility.

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Studies and stories

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australia Global Alumni Network have already identified many significant stories in the lives of Australia Awards alumni.

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