Strategic Partnerships, Advancement & Communications (SPAC)


Regional Scholarship Team (RST)

Led by Manager Regional Scholarship Team, this Unit was established as a result of a contract signed in 2006 between USP and the then Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), now Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia. RST provide services to students from the Universityís twelve (12) member countries who study under the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships (AAPS) funding. RST began serving sponsored students at Laucala Campus with effect from Semester 1, 2007. The contract was renewed in July 2010 and now includes an extension of RST services to AAPS sponsored students studying at Alafua and Emalus Campuses.   

What We Do

The Unit is responsible for providing efficient and high quality academic and non-academic support to AAPS students sponsored by DFAT. It also ensures that all records on the management of scholarship students are accurately updated in the Online Australian Scholarship Information System (OASIS).

It is enlightening and a challenging experience serving these students considering the different and unique backgrounds they come from with their individual expectations. Fijiís metropolitan development and lifestyle experiences pose a great challenge to each of them, in addition to the high use of modern technology within campus study life. Each student reacts differently to the culture shock experienced as it takes some time for each of them to fully adapt to the new environment before they embark on their study mission. AAPS students are provided with relevant assistance and services which are expected to contribute to their success. 

The Unit is responsible for the timely processing of all student allowances and travels and the submission of financial reports to DFAT as identified. Each semester there are certain meetings and functions that the Unit organises for its students which include welcome and awards functions.

AAPS contribute to human resource development for partner countries and have a direct impact on development in key sectors. AAPS provide the opportunity for individuals from developing Pacific Island Countries (PICs) to undertake studies at post-secondary education institutions in the region. The purpose of the scholarships is for Pacific islanders to gain knowledge and skills that will help develop their home country.

Accompanied Stipend Form

Accompanied Stipend Form

If your dependents have arrived into the country, you should download and fill in the Accompanied Stipend Form and submit it to RST along with a copy of your dependents passport, birth certificate and marriage certificate.

Allowance Request Form ( View Online || Download) (size: 52.7KB)

Travel Request Form

Travel Request Form

Students going home for reunion travel at the end of Semester need to download and complete the following form and submit to RST Office for booking of flights.

Travel Booking Request Form ( View Online || Download) (size: 395KB)

Study Permits

Study Permits


Upon arrival into the country you would have received a Visitor Visa that is valid for a period ranging from 2 weeks to 4 months. Within this period you must apply for a Fiji Immigration Study/Research Permit. You may pick up a copy at the RST office or simply download a copy below and print it out.


Resident Permits

Resident Permits


Student applying for their dependents Resident Permits must fill in this form and submit it to the RST Office for lodgement to the Fiji Immigration Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do if I want my dependents to join me?

You will need to send an email to the RST office requesting the Sending Postsí permission for you to bring in your dependents 

When are the stipend allowance payment dates? 

Your stipend is paid out every two weeks. The normal day for receiving the stipend in your accounts is Thursday. 

What do I need to do if I want to travel home during the mid-semester break?

Any time you need to travel outside of your country of award, you will need to seek permission from your Sending Post. That may be done by sending an email to the RST office to request for permission from your Sending Post. You will also need to provide reasons for your proposed travel. 

If you are traveling out of Suva, Port Vila or Apia, please send us details of your travels and a valid contact number in case we need to get in touch with you. 

Is the RST office open during the semester breaks?

The RST office operates as a normal USP Department and does not close during the breaks unless notified. You are welcome to drop in if you have any queries. 

I'm struggling with my studies, how can I get extra academic assistance?

All students are encouraged to utilise the services provided on campus during your tenure at USP. This includes; approaching your lecturers and tutors for assistance and utilising the mentoring services provided by Student Learning Support.

RST Team

Manager Regional Scholarship Team
Laite Waseiyaroi

Tel:  (679) 323 2604
Fax: (679) 323 1560
Email: waseiyaroi_l(at)  

The Manager, Regional Scholarship Team ensures that Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship (AAPS) students studying at Laucala, Emalus and Alafua Campuses are provided efficient academic and non-academic support as required in the Contract. 

Liaison Officer - Regional Scholarship Team

Tel:  (679) 323 2092
Fax: (679) 323 1560

The Liaison Officer 1 (LO1) is responsible for effectively monitoring the academic performance of AAPS students from the Pacific Island Countries.

Coordinator - Student Mentoring
Praveen Prasad

Tel:  (679) 323 2843
Fax: (679) 323 1560
Email: prasad_pa(at) 

The Coordinator - Student Mentoring is responsible for effectively monitoring the academic performance of AAPS students from the Pacific Island Countries. 

Finance & Administrative Assistant
Rital Nand

Tel:  (679) 323 2579
Fax: (679) 323 1560
Email: rital.nand(at) 

The Finance & Admin Assistant is responsible for all RST financial processes including the timely payments of fortnightly stipends and other allowances for AAPS students studying at USP. 

Liaison Assistant 

Tel:  (679)
Fax: (679)

The Liaison Assistantís main role is to assist the Liaison Officers in administrative duties in regards to management of AAPS students. 

Emalus Liaison Officer 
Meriani Early

Tel:  (679) 22748 Ext. 237
Email:  meriani.early(at)

The Liaison Officer is responsible for effectively monitoring the academic performance of AAPS students studying law enrolled at Emalus Campus. 

Alafua Liaison Officer 
Niseta Buatava

Tel:  (685) 21672 Ext. 314
Email:  niseta.buatava(at)

The Liaison Officer is responsible for effectively monitoring the academic performance of AAPS students studying agriculture enrolled at Alafua Campus. 

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The University of the South Pacific
Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji
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