Australia Awards
Australian Awards is the government's largest development initiative in Africa granting over 1000 scholarships a year to promising African leaders.
Project Summary
Automatically review thousands of scholarship applications using machine learning. Highly accurate and highly explainable models helped staff reduce the number of applications requiring manual review and understand applicants better.
Project Details


Australia Awards



The Challenge

Australia Awards receives thousands of applications each year and its staff is unable to adequately review all applications. The data contains long text answers that are impossible to analyse using traditional techniques.

Our Solution

Elucidate developed a custom machine learning system using cutting edge Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques to evaluate every application in order to prioritise applications of the best candidates.


Saved over two thousand hours of manual review
Cut number of applications requiring manual review by over 50%
Insight provided into the components of a strong application

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