Support for women at sea

Youth & Careers

PAPUA New Guinean women aspiring to build a career in the maritime industry will now benefit from a three-year scholarship to study at the PNG Maritime College in Madang.
Australia Awards PNG, in partnership with Pacific Towing, Steamships and China Navigation is offering the scholarship to motivated PNG women.
There are two different types of cadetships on offer:

  • Officer of the watch deck;
  • Officer of the engine room.

“The scholarship includes sponsored international work experience at sea on an international cargo vessel, working shifts and living in confined conditions,” Australia Awards PNG said on its website.
“Maritime scholarships for women will contribute to addressing the skills shortage in Papua New Guinea’s transport industry and contribute to cultural change in the maritime sector.
“This is a challenging and demanding environment within which to work, requiring self-discipline, team work and respect for the chain of command.
“All application documents will be verified and if found fraudulent, applicants will be excluded for consideration for this scholarship and any future Australia Awards Scholarships.
“The Australian government is committed to promoting gender equity, disability and social inclusion, and encourage women, people with disability and people from rural and remote locations to apply for an In-PNG scholarship”.
Applications close 5pm, Aug 16, 2019.
The scholarship is open to non-school leavers (who completed grade 12 prior to 2019).
To be eligible applicants must:

  • Meet the PNG Maritime College conditions of entry;
  • be a female citizen of Papua New Guinea and be residing in PNG at the time of application; and,
  • Have completed grade 12 or matriculation upgrade (FODE/ DODL) with a minimum of B grade in advanced math and literature (English), and C grade in physics and chemistry.

The application form can be found at or available from the Australia Awards office, Port Moresby and the PNG Maritime College. (Madang).

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