Maputo ONE thousand African professionals from 51 eligible countries including Tanzania are set to benefit from the next round of Australian government scholarships which open for applications on September 1. The scholarships are for Masters Degrees and short courses providing training in 17 specialized fields. The scholarships are managed by the Australian Agency for International Development) AusAID) designed to promote knowledge, education, education links and enduring ties between Australia and the global community. "The Australia Awards in Africa (AAA) promotes development in Africa through scholarships and fellowships in areas where Australia is recognized as having expertise, including agriculture and food security, health, mining and natural resources management, public policy and water and sanitation," said the AAA's communications Advisor Vongai Makamure, in a statement. The statement encouraged women to apply, adding that the initiative also aims to ensure that people with disability are given a fair and equal opportunity to compete for and obtain scholarships. Over the past three years, according to the statement, the number of Australian development scholarships available for African professionals has increased tenfold. They aim at assisting African countries progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. "Through our scholarships, Australia is committed to sharing its expertise to develop the capacity and leadership skills of Africans so they can effectively contribute to development in their home countries. "The Australian government believes the awards will have long term benefits to the individuals, institutions, communities and their countries," said Bob McMullan, the Australian Prime Minister's special envoy.