Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility

Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility: Tracer Survey Report: Year 1: 2016-17: Alumni of 2006 to 2010

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Scholarships, Alumni, Developing countries, International relations, International aid, International students, Capacity building, Skill development, Surveys, Qualitative research, Quantitative research, Impact studies, Case studies


This report details the development, fieldwork and findings of the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility’s first annual Tracer Survey. The Facility undertakes a range of research in order to enable the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to assess the development contributions, and public and economic diplomacy outcomes of Australia’s investment in Australia Awards. This Tracer Survey involved the engagement of alumni who completed scholarships or fellowships as part of the Australia Awards or predecessor programs between 2006 and 2010. Alumni were asked a range of questions via an online survey, focussed on exploring the long-term outcomes of the Australia Awards. A follow-up telephone interview with a sample of alumni respondents collected further detail for analysis. In total 1,510 alumni in this cohort from 27 different countries participated in the survey (a 35.9 per cent response rate), and 527 participated in the telephone follow-up interview. The survey data provide a quantitative insight into alumni use of knowledge and skills, development of networks and contribution to cooperation with Australia. The responses also offer examples from alumni of the types of contributions they are making, the way in which they are using their award and the things that help, and hinder them in reaching their potential. This report uses the quantitative findings to draw out key findings, and the qualitative information provided by alumni as illustrative examples to give context to the findings.

Place of Publication

Canberra, Australia


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Geographic Subject

Africa, Asia, Pacific region