2016 Greg Urwin Awards

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Greg Urwin Awards

The Greg Urwin Awards are a joint initiative of the Australian Government-funded Pacific Leadership Program (PLP) and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS). The Awards were established in 2008 to honour the memory and legacy of the former Secretary General of PIFS, the late Mr. Greg Urwin.

Up to five grants of AUD$25,000 will be awarded to outstanding Pacific Island professionals, researchers and emerging leaders to undertake a 3-6 month placement with a regional organisation or institution that has the potential to contribute to the positive development in the Pacific.

General Eligibility Criteria

Successful applicants will:

  • Be citizens of Pacific Island countries.
  • Have completed, or will complete in 2015, a postgraduate qualification (Masters level or Phd. level)
  • Have confirmed a placement with a host organisation or institution (including Australia and New Zealand).

Applicants must arrange their own placements and show exemplary academic achievement and leadership experience in their academic and/or professional field and in local community. Applicants must be able to explain how their chosen placement will provide valuable professional experience, exposure to new ideas and create networks that will develop their leadership capacity in the Pacific Islands region.

Priority Areas

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

The Call for Applications for the 2016 Greg Urwin Awards has been extended to Friday 6 November 2015

We also kindly request those who emailed their applications and did not receive an acknowledgement to please re-send your application. 


Click on the following links to download the Application package.

2016 Greg Urwin Awards Overview & Application Information
2016 Greg Urwin Awards Application Checklist
2016 Greg Urwin Awards Application Form
2016 Greg Urwin Awards Roles and Responsibilities of hosting an Awardee

Queries may be sent to


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