Australia Awards Scholarships for International Students

Australia Awards Scholarships provide individuals with study and research opportunities that help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to drive change and contribute to development in their home countries.

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Host CountryAustralia
Eligible NationalityInternational
LevelVET, Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
Scholarship TypeFully Funded
Opening Date01 February 2024
Closing Date03 May 2024
Summary of Australia Awards Scholarships
Australia Awards Scholarships for International Students
Australia Awards Scholarships for International Students

Australia Awards Scholarships Details

The Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international scholarships funded by the Australian Government that aim to contribute to Australia’s partner countries’ long-term development needs in accordance with global, bilateral, and regional agreements. The Australia Awards are a whole-of-government initiative that brings together scholarships administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to provide opportunities for the next generation of global leaders to study, research, and develop professionally in Australia.

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Scholarships awarded by Australia demonstrate the country’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They seek to contribute to Australia’s partner countries’ long-term development needs in accordance with Australia’s aid priorities and bilateral and regional agreements. They offer opportunities for people from developing countries to study full-time at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade administers Australia Awards Scholarships, which are long-term awards. They intend to contribute to Australia’s partner countries’ development needs in accordance with bilateral and regional agreements.

They enable people from developing countries, particularly those in the Indo-Pacific region, to pursue full-time undergraduate or postgraduate studies at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

To ensure the development impact of Australia Awards Scholarships, all awardees must return home after completing their studies to contribute to their country’s development. After completing their scholarship, awardees must leave Australia for at least two years.

The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships help individuals develop the skills and knowledge needed to drive change and contribute to their country’s development outcomes.

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Benefits of Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships are available for the minimum time required to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training. In general, the following advantages apply:

  • tuition fees in full
  • return air travel payment for a single round-trip economy class ticket to and from Australia via the shortest route.
  • establishment allowance one-time payment to help with living expenses, textbooks, and study materials.
  • Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) – a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a department-determined rate.
  • An introductory Academic Program (IAP) is a required program before beginning formal academic studies that covers information on living and studying in Australia.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is provided for the duration of the award (for award holders only) to cover the scholar’s basic medical costs (with the exception of pre-existing conditions)
  • Pre-course English (PCE) fees may be charged if PCE is deemed necessary for students to receive in-country and/or in-Australia training.

The Australian Government does not provide financial assistance to awardees’ dependents. Awardees are financially responsible for their family members who accompany them to Australia.

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Types of Courses Available

The types of courses available for study under Australia Awards Scholarships will depend on the applicant’s home country’s government and/or DFAT policy. Scholarships from Australia Awards may be available for the following courses:

  • i. Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs;
  • ii. Bachelor’s degree (undergraduate) programs;
  • iii. Master’s degree programs; and
  • iv. Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) programs.

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Eligibility Criteria for Australia Awards Scholarships

  • i. be at least 18 years old on the first of February of the scholarship year;
  • ii. be a citizen of a participating country (as listed on the Australia Awards website) and reside in and apply for the scholarship from their home country;
  • iii. not be an Australian citizen, hold permanent residency in Australia, or be applying for a visa to live permanently in Australia;
  • iv. not be married to, engaged to, or a de facto of someone who holds or is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency at any time during the application, selection, and mobilization phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but must apply for a student visa;
  • v. not be a current member of the military;
  • vi. not have previously received a long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside of Australia for twice as long as they were in Australia (for example, a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside of Australia for eight years);
  • vii. no criminal convictions (including in their home country), including those relating to Child Protection and PSEAH;
  • viii. Pacific Secondary School Scholarship Program (PSSSP) recipients who completed their secondary school education in Australia the previous year are eligible to apply for a long-term Australia Award;
  • ix. have met any specific criteria established by the Program Area or the government of the applicant’s country of citizenship (for example, having worked in an appropriate sector for a certain number of years);
  • x. be able to meet the admission requirements of the institution where the award will be undertaken (this may require Program Areas to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot meet the institution’s admission requirements). This may not be known until Program Areas request a placement at a particular institution);
  • xi. be able to meet all Department of Home Affairs requirements for a Student Visa. The Program Area may be forced to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot meet the visa requirements.
  • xii. not apply for a scholarship for a course of study at a lower academic level than they already have (for example, applying for a Master’s scholarship when they already have a PhD); and
  • xiii. applicants must notify the Program Area of any connection or relationship to Program Area staff (including locally engaged staff at post) or managing contractors so that the application can be managed properly and transparently.

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English Language Requirement for Australia Awards Scholarships

If an applicant or awardee’s first language is English and they have completed their education in English, they will meet DFAT’s English language requirements for receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship.

If an applicant or awardee fails to meet DFAT’s English language requirements, the awardee must provide an academic English language test result that meets the institution’s academic English language requirement tests before beginning the approved main course of study. The English language score is non-negotiable. All Australia Awards Scholarship recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • An Academic IELTS result with at least 6.5 overall and no band less than 6.0, or
  • An internet-based TOEFL score of at least 84, with a score of at least 21 in each subtest, or
  • A PTE Academic overall score of 58, with no communicative skill scores below 50.

Deadline to Apply for

The deadline for most of the countries is 03 May 2024. Check here your country deadline profile.

How to apply for Australia Awards Scholarships

If you are eligible to apply for Australia Awards Scholarships, you should:

  • Check your country’s opening and closing dates, and then choose your country of citizenship/residency from the list of participating countries for more information on eligibility, priority areas, and how to apply.
  • Some countries encourage and permit online applications, whereas others require hard-copy applications. More information can be found in your participating country’s profile.
  • When you register online, you will be asked some questions to determine your eligibility. After that, you will be assigned a unique registration number, username, and password.
  • You are not required to submit your application right away. You can create a draught application form and update it and your supporting documentation until the deadline specified on the relevant participating country profile.
  • You can apply by mail if you cannot submit your application online. Please consult your participating country’s profile for contact information to obtain a hardcopy application form and any other templates, such as referee reports (if applicable).

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